March 01, 2024

North Korea needs good ideas, not more aid

Former diplomat and aid coordinator in North Korea on why current aid delivery systems are ineffective

Former Italian diplomat and aid coordinator in North Korea Massimo Urbani said that aid distribution to North Korea is ineffective because the unique needs of the country are not taken into account.

One of the primary issues facing aid workers in the DPRK is the seniority based social hierarchy in place there. Many of those who work in North Korea are simply not old enough.

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