The U.N. estimates that 88.7 million people will need humanitarian assistance this year, requiring some $20.1 billion.
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The world's "self-interested" international aid system must give local charities a greater role in shaping responses to humanitarian crises or it will fail to assist those most in need, aid experts warned Tuesday.Opinions are divided over the role of local charities in a reformed aid sector that has long been dominated by Western donors, the Red Cross movement and U.N. agencies and is now struggling to fund assistance to a record 90 million people in need.Under a separate "Charter for Change," 18 international charities so far, including Christian Aid and Islamic Relief Worldwide, have agreed to put into practice by May 2018 eight commitments to boost the role of national agencies.One of the world's largest humanitarian charities, Care International, said it largely agreed with the proposal, but said global charities had an important role due to their scale.
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