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Can NGOs Save War-Torn Economies?

By BBC at 1:17 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

In the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, delegates discussed how to recuperate the economies of countries severely affected by international conflict. Among other things, the idea of working extensively with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to work more directly in war-torn countries. It seems that, guided by the UNCTAD, NGOs could be an excellent way of improving financial conditions in war-damaged countries. The delegate of Pakistan noted that ‘the use of NGOs were wildly successful in Pakistan,” and went on to urge her fellow delegates to follow in Pakistan’s footsteps. Canada called NGOs extremely important for rebuilding the economies of these nations. There is a plethora of NGOs that could provide substantial aid to civilians struggling in countries affected by war, whether they are veterans or ordinary citizens who have suffered financial turmoil following conflict in their country. One member-state mentioned that NGOs can also bring attention to rural areas that have fallen into severe poverty but aren’t being addressed because of their isolation. Following the division of Yugoslavia, NGOs were essential in rebuilding, relocating, and reforming the newly formed nations to ensure that they could be self-sufficient. Those countries, especially the Balkans, have not had a perfect history, but without NGOs they would be in a far worse position. The delegate of Iraq questioned how NGOs will cultivate financial convalescence, how the UNCTAD would raise awareness for them, and the long-term effectiveness of NGOs. In response, China explained that there are NGOs dedicated to improving economic conditions by working directly with civilians in less wealthy countries across the world, notably Oxfam International, UNRWA, and Action Aid. The general consensus was that NGO’s would be a comprehensive and effective way to kickstart economic growth and provide temporary relief, and more long-term solutions would be implemented in a UNCTAD resolution to ensure that war-damaged countries will be able to support themselves.

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