U.N. Agencies Face Increasing Barriers To Aid Delivery, Including Funding Shortfalls, Security Concerns

The Guardian: Delivering aid: agencies struggle with increasing needs, costs, and insecurity
“…Decisions to stop or cut parts of a program are not taken lightly, but aid agencies are being forced to make them all too often due to shortages in funding. The U.N.’s consolidated appeal process … is less than 50 percent funded for 2015, at the time of writing. … The nature of humanitarian work has changed, too. Today, 80 percent of the U.N.’s humanitarian work is in areas of conflict and the complexities of delivering aid in insecure environments push up the costs…” (Purvis, 12/16).