UN, Muslim NGOs draw closer

Aid workers and donors from the Arab and Muslim world mingle with members of the UN and other aid agencies at an information sharing meeting in Kuwait in September 2011
(Heba Aly/IRIN)

Two years ago IRIN published a detailed analysis of the deep mistrust that existed between aid agencies from the Arab/Muslim world and the UN-coordinated aid system dominated by Western countries.

Last week, at the close of an annual conference in Kuwait bringing both sides together, participants said much progress had been made.

In this podcast, IRIN reporter Heba Aly speaks to three Muslim humanitarians to get their views on how the relationship is changing. Click below to hear the discussion between Hany El-Banna, founder of the Humanitarian Forum; Haroun Atallah, a long-time manager at UK-based Islamic Relief; and Khaled Diab, director of international aid at the Qatar Red Crescent Society.

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