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Providing Aid in Insecure Environments: Trends in Policy and Operations


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Resource type:Research, reports and studies
Keywords:Conflict, violence & peace, Protection, human rights & security, Remote Programming and Management, Working in conflict setting
Agency:ODI - Overseas Development Institute
Author(s):Stoddard, A., Harmer, A., and Haver, K.
Date published:September 2006

This report presents findings from a two-year study examining aid in insecure environments. Drawing on the most com- prehensive global dataset to date of major reported incidents of violence against aid workers from 1997 to 2005, it provides a quantitative analysis of the changing security environment for civilian aid operations. It then examines the related trends in policy and operations over the last decade, in particular how perceptions of increased risk to aid operations have affected the development of security measures. Lastly, it explores the way in which aid operations have adapted to working in highly insecure contexts through a growing reliance on national staff.
While the study relies on numerical data to provide a missing empirical basis to the security discussion, the authors are conscious of the fact that this data represents individual human lives and often tragic outcomes.

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