Reasons for Foreign NGOs Are Prohibited from Entering Disaster Areas

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The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) prohibits international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from entering affected areas. Foreign NGOs must register in Indonesia or partner with domestic institutions to be able to help with disaster management. The policy was made because each country has a different culture.

BNPB Head of Information Data and Public Relations Sutopo Purwo Nugroho explained, each country has its own rules and regulations. International assistance in the event of a disaster is only allowed by government to government (G to G) so that assistance is entered on behalf of the country.

However, he said, international assistance was only as a support and not a major source of assistance in disaster management. "Regarding foreign aid is related to culture and language. Everywhere too. So we have a regulation at this time not arranged suddenly, "he said.

According to Sutopo, countries in the world also have their own rules. Every government of countries in the world also does not automatically open to receiving foreign assistance. Including, from Indonesia. Therefore, the government as the highest authority has the right to determine the entry of foreign aid.

Therefore, the government also has the right to prohibit foreign NGOs from directly engaging in disaster management in Indonesia. "Every country has rules. Foreign NGOs including volunteers may not enter the disaster area, "he said.

So far BNPB has not received information regarding the existence of foreign NGOs in the Palu and Donggala regions. Likewise, information about the presence or absence of foreign NGOs that were expelled from the two regions.

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