– Sorcha O'Callaghan, head of humanitarian policy at the British Red Cross
Crises in Syria, Mali and other contexts highlight how important it is that DfID (Department for International Development) funding continues to support the humanitarian and development needs of vulnerable and crisis-affected people.
Humanitarian agencies working in conflict need to be able to distance themselves from military objectives in order to be seen to be neutral.
Blurring the lines between aid and military objectives will not only reduce the resources available to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, it also risks the access and safety of aid workers.
David Cameron has said the government is considering spending money from the aid budget on peacekeeping and other defence-related projects.