Having read an article in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent magazine (issue 1 -2008- www.redcross.int). Page 14 'Disaster Aid Removing The Legal Roadblocks.'
This has left me wondering what can be done to make sure that Aid Workers do not have problems in renewing visas and getting work permits, once they are in the country?
There seems to be many unanswered questions in my mind, regarding the confusion over who does what, and why are there so many bureaucratic barriers?
should there be any set and fast rules about International Aid Agencies knowing about the primary roles of the National Authorities and what type of communication should be obtained concerning the domestic relief workers in handling disaster relief, and how can this be improved on?
What is the rigth or wrong type of Aid, because after the Tsunami , clothes, including Father Christmas jackets, along with other inappropriate items, including Viagra and high-heeled shoes were sent to Indonesia which is a Muslim country.
Does this not taint the local preception of the whole of the International Relief effort?
Surely, more lists of the items that are most urgently needed at the time of the disaster, should be held by the Authorities and made available to International Aid Agencies to avoid confusion, but not only that, but to free up the storage space, as this is bad for the authorities, and for the Aid Workers as well.
What needs to be done to make sure that all NGOs are registered at the time of the disaster, as the process is so impenetrable that most of them have to operate without legal status?
There are many questions that need to be addressed, but I would be grateful in knowing how one could go about answering them.
In 2001 the International Red Cross, through their International Disaster Response Laws, Rules and Principles, set up a set of voluntary Guidelines called:
Guidelines for the Domestic Facilitation and Regulation of International Disaster Relief and Initial Recovery Assistance,
does one think these will be any more or less effective than any binding regulations?
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