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To stay and deliver. Good practice for humanitarians in complex security environments

1 January 2011

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To stay and deliver. Good practice for humanitarians in complex security environments

This report is the synthesis of extensive research into the salient features of insecure contexts, the nature of threats and challenges in these contexts, commonalities between diverse operational settings, and adaptations of programme and risk management innovations that have proven useful. The study is designed for aid practitioners and their organisations seeking practical solutions to gain, maintain and increase secure access to populations in need. The report highlights the enabling approach promoted by the UN, which leads agencies to think in terms of ‘how to stay’ as opposed to ‘when to leave’. There are five key issues that emerge from the report: 1. Maintaining effective presence through risk management
2. Alternatives to bunkerisation.
3. Duty of care and responsible partnership
4. Secure access requires sustained humanitarian dialogue
5. Humanitarian principles matter


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