Outcry at UN plans to consolidate Syria aid operations in Damascus

by Ben Parker and Annie Slemrod

Donor countries and aid organisations are protesting a UN decision to shift most decision-making for aid operations for Syria to Damascus, a move they say hands more power to the government of President Bashar al-Assad and will make it harder to deliver aid to millions of people who live in rebel-held parts of the country.

UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock’s intention to alter the system the UN has used for the past four years to ensure aid is delivered on the…