Remembering Do No Harm Approach –Relief Aid in Nepal

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After being shaken and shattered by the unexpected disaster in 25th April 2015 in Nepal, the world is pouring out its sympathy, concern along with aid of all possible kinds. Large number of funds has been transferred to Nepal through government, NGOs/INGOs, local bodies, groups and individuals.  We want to do our best in providing the help as soon as possible to the affected. Though quick and improper planning may have benefitted the people but it is likely to create another conflict as well i.e. among the affected groups.  ‘Do No Harm’ approach simply tells about not creating dividers and tensions by our aid and not add fuel to a fire.

There are certain few simple yet ignored things that is likely to create tensions in relief aid:-

1.      Attitude and actions of helping bodies( like NGOS/INGO )

2.      Practices which are improper to the local affected groups.

3.      Goods stolen (theft, looting, demanding)

4.      Disrespect, mistrust and competition among aid agencies

5.      Aid workers and impunity

6.      Too much of publicity ( exposing the pain and suffering a lot in way to collect grant/support)


Aid can either support peace or conflict if we are not careful. It is important that aid providers have proper planning in the office and proper study and distribution in the field without creating further tensions in the affected communities. 

( Just an excerpt though, more ideas? share ) 

*** Cheers to all the helping bodies *** 


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