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Operational Modalities in Iraq

1 January 2008
Middle East and North Africa

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Operational Modalities in Iraq

Hansen argues that in Iraq, operational capacity is much diminished by loss of prorimity to those in need & by remote programming modalities. Working in closer proximity to those in need implies paying greater attention to quality, timeliness and effectiveness. Remote control remains an unsatisfactory long-term approach but remote support & partnership arrangements have proved sustainable. Invisible / covert modalities are useful in unstable areas but ultimately undermine accountability, trust, acceptance, safe access and sustainability, as networks and relays have been used effectively to overcome mobility constraints on staff. Some agencies have cautiously raised their profile by increments in response to a variety of indicators. Others have not considered this. Some appear stuck in a lower profile modality than may be necessary and helpful for operational capacity. Low profile operations do not necessarily mean low visibility outcomes.


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