The Nepal government set up the Prime Minister disaster relief fund mandating all earthquake relief money from any organization either Nepal or globally based be directed to the fund. This is in a country where thousands of non-government agencies have operated aid programs for decades without government supervision. The goal was to coordinate all funds arriving into Nepal for disaster relief into one program and avoid duplication and/or waste of services. Controversy has developed amid speculation and concerns for it’s ability to monitor, distribute and assess such a monumental task.
Dr. Mahabir Pun wrote to the Nepal Chief Secretary, Lilamani Poudyal, concerning the merits of individual volunteers or small organizations working on earthquake relief projects. Read the letter here.