Indonesia’s Messages On Foreign Assistance Following Quake-Tsunami Spur Rethink On Aid Delivery

IRIN: Why Indonesia’s rules on foreign tsunami relief are rattling the aid sector
“Indonesian government restrictions on foreign aid workers in disaster-hit Sulawesi are forcing some humanitarian groups to rethink their response plans — and spurring a larger debate about how the aid sector prepares for crises around the world. The government last week told international aid groups that foreign staff will not be allowed on the ground in Central Sulawesi Province, which was hit by 28 September earthquakes and a tsunami … Analysts see Indonesia’s regulations as evidence of a growing trend that is challenging long-held assumptions throughout the humanitarian sector…” (Loy, 10/16).

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