Q from Tensai in the United States: What are your tangible suggestions for improving negotiations with Syrian government for cross border access, and why do you believe that greater pressure from OCHA and ICRC would yield results?­

With regard to the question of access, the main challenge faced by aid organizations in Syria is not the improvement of their relationship with the Syrian government. It is rather to gain leverage over the Syrian government in order to obtain a formal or de facto acceptance of cross border operations. The first tangible step in that direction is to publicly acknowledge, as Valerie Amos and John Ging did, the failure of the current aid operations to reach all those in need, especially in rebel held areas, and the necessity for cross border access.

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ATHA - April 24, 2013

Q: In 2011 Islamic Relief announced an adjustment in its strategy to better address to root causes of poverty, build local capacity of communities, and confront inequalities. Particularly given the October threats of Al Shaabab in Somalia, do you anticipate this new strategic approach shifting the way that Islamic Relief is viewed in the field or impacting it’s access?

A: Islamic Relief came up with a strategic road map to interlink relief and recovery efforts through defining the programmatic linkages, between response and development, for Somalia. Islamic Relief has been using the recovery road map for guiding its programmatic engagement in Somalia as well as for advocacy with donors and wider stakeholders. Together with our partners we launched our suggested alternative ways of doing things in more...


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