A large group of Kabul-based NGOs wants NATO to expand its role in Afghanistan. Otherwise, they say, aid workers will be forced to withdraw from the country completely. A few key actors argue that such lobbying is tantamount to taking sides in the conflict, and compromises the neutrality of humanitarian NGOs.
The authority and financial resources of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in recipient countries should be strengthened. Appointments of UN top officials should be done in a more transparent manner, starting with selection of the new heads of UNICEF and FAO.
The latest major study of the international humanitarian system, undertaken as part of the Good Humanitarian Donorship process, offers a grim picture of how donors, NGOs and UN agencies handle emergency assistance in Burundi.