Tsunami relief agencies remain in pole positions

NGOs at the forefront of the Asian tsunami relief effort dominated January’s NGO Watch.

The Red Cross continued to top the table as it mobilised its global network to provide aid in countries affected by the tsunami, even being able to set up field hospitals in Banda Aceh towards the end of January.

The charity also received mentions surrounding the Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January when survivors told stories of its work in Germany during the Second World War.

Unicef stepped up from third place after it broke stories around the trafficking of children orphaned by the tsunami, and continued to raise awareness of the plight of vulnerable children among the displaced populations of the region.

Oxfam slipped from second to third place after coverage focused on its supply of basic aid to areas affected by the tsunami.

But the charity also attracted significant coverage of its warning that sizeable government pledges must, unlike previous promises,

be honoured, and that other problem areas in the world, such as Darfur, should not be neglected.

Christian Aid came in sixth place after comedienne Dawn French led a group of female clergy in a march on Downing Street to highlight its Make Poverty History campaign, which is calling on G8 leaders to eradicate third world debt.

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