Rare change to international aid regulations means crisis-hit states will no longer be denied vital support because they are deemed too wealthy

Aid money can now be used to deal with humanitarian crises in wealthy countries after changes to the existing international rules were agreed at a meeting in Paris on Tuesday.

In a historic move, donor countries will be able to use money earmarked for development to respond to emergencies regardless of the recipient country’s wealth. Under the existing rules, crisis-hit countries are unable to receive official development assistance (ODA) if they are deemed too wealthy on the basis of their gross national income.

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