10th December 2013

Getting aid to Syria

This paper is a collaborative effort by the British Bankers’ Association, the Disasters Emergency Committee and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer ll

The crisis in Syria prompted the UK’s largest ever response to a humanitarian crisis, but despite the millions of pounds donated, money is having to overcome many hurdles to reach those in need.  Over £23million has been raised by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in response to the conflict, with the UK government committing a further £500million to support aid efforts,  but extensive sanctions and risk management issues are creating complex problems for the UK banks and humanitarian agencies as both struggle to get help through to Syrian families.

This paper provides background information and practical tips on how banks and humanitarian agencies can work together to ensure aid can reach civilians in need of assistance in and around Syria in compliance with UK, EU and US sanctions

Getting aid to Syria (378KB PDF)

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