Delivering aid: agencies struggle with increasing needs, costs and insecurity

Aid agencies are being forced to make cuts to their programmes as demand spirals and the cost of delivering aid increases

“We simply couldn’t find the money to continue supporting them,” says Rasmus Egendal of the World Food Programme’s (WFP’s) decision to cut around 360,000 Syrian refugees from its food voucher programme in Lebanon and Jordan in September.

Egendal, who leads the WFP’s government partnerships division, says the decision of where to cut and by how much was based on vulnerability. “We ringfenced those most in need so that the majority of the cuts would affect those that had a little more breathing room, who were better able to cope.”

Decisions to stop or cut parts of a programme are not taken lightly, but aid agencies are being forced to make them all too often due to shortages in funding.

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