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So many of the day-to-day realities of the humanitarian sector are driven by money: who gets it, how it's distributed, and what it's intended for.

Who benefits from the current models of financing aid? Can alternatives—such as local pooled funds and private sector infrastructure—provide better value for money and better outcomes for people affected by crises? What gets in the way of change?

In this episode, we dive into how mistrust, monopolies, and perverse incentives are shaping humanitarian response.

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