Aid budgets stretched to cope with refugees
REUTERS/ Governments are failing to meet the world’s massive humanitarian challenges because aid budgets in many countries are being stretched to cover the refugee crisis, a leading anti-poverty group said yesterday. Goals such as tackling disease and ending extreme poverty by 2030 may slip down the agenda as donor governments shift funds away from long-term development aid, The ONE Campaign said. The group’s analysis of international aid budgets comes ahead of a major UN summit today on tackling the refugee and migrant crisis at a time of record displacement. Of particular concern is the practice of counting ‘in-donor’ refugee costs whereby governments support refugees in their own countries with aid funds, the report said. This means less money available to spend on deadly diseases such as HIV-Aids and malaria, it said.