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African, Asian and Middle Eastern aid groups have set up a network to help them gain more funding for their work with communities hit by war and natural disasters, and a greater say in how aid is delivered.A group of major government donors and aid organisations are due to pledge at the summit in Istanbul to channel a quarter of their humanitarian funding through national and local agencies by 2020 .New figures by British research group Development Initiatives show that they received only 2.5 percent of direct humanitarian funding in 2015, up from 0.9 percent in 2014 .Scholastica Nasinyama of InterAid Uganda said one good reason to support local groups is that they carry on working in communities even after they have recovered from a disaster.Azwar Hasan returned to his native Banda Aceh after the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 killed 10 members of his family, and set up Forum Bangun Aceh, which works on education and reducing disaster risk. But he warned that if the same thing happened again, many local communities would still not be ready.
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