IFRC Secretary General available for interviews at World Economic Forum on new `localised` vision for channelling humanitarian aid

Published: 16 January 2017

Focus Issue at Davos:  The state of humanitarian need in the world is unprecedented, with over 130 million people in urgent need of support, yet too few have access to aid.  As the funding gap grows, the current humanitarian aid model is increasingly unsustainable.

Elhadj As Sy, IFRC Secretary General, is one of the world’s leading advocates for a “new approach” to humanitarian action –one that channels resources directly to local organizations on the ground who are best positioned to be fast, impactful and cost-effective responders before, during and after crises hit. His vision sees international aid complementing and strengthening local services, with national and local actors as equal partners in humanitarian responses.

For interviews with Mr Sy at Davos on new models for humanitarian financing or commentary on a range of humanitarian issues and crises, contact:

Melissa Winkler: mob. +41 79 703 7553 / melissa.winkler@ifrc.org

Alessandro Fedele: mob. +41 79 844 2740 / alessandro.fedele@ifrc.org 

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IFRC is the world`s largest humanitarian network comprising 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies working to save lives and promote dignity around the world.

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