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Working in Insecure Environments – Trends by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
December 27, 2006, 5:56 pm
Filed under: Development theory, If you only have 15 mins

If you only read one thing this week consider this four page briefing document from the Humanitarian Policy Group that looks at the trends in operating in insecure environments over the past eight years for humanitarian organizations. Providing Aid in Insecure Environments: Trends in Policy and Operations by A. Stoddard, A. Harmer and K. Haver. Interestingly, while the number of security incidents almost doubled between 1997-2001 and 2002-2005, this has to be seen in light of the fact that the total aid worker population has grown significantly; from 136,000 in 1997 to an estimated 242,000 in 2005. Another interesting point was that although people often think that the ‘outlier’ cases of Afghanistan and Iraq skew the figures disproportionately, they are not the highest risk environments in either absolute or relative terms. Somalia and Sudan are in fact the countries with the highest number of security incidents for humanitarian workers. The article ends with some recommendations on how to improve the safety of our operating environment. Click here to read the full document.

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