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Challenges in Understanding and responding to crisis in urban contexts

Context Analysis, Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, NGO Security Management, Safety

This report by Paul McPhun and Elena Lucchi (2008) states that “there is now a growing international awareness that urbanization is becoming untenable, representing in some contexts a crisis that far outweighs the impact of ongoing conflict in remaining regions…

Report 2008 English

Orange County Rape Crisis Center Sexual Assault Response Guidelines

Context Analysis, Legal Obligations, Safety

A guide designed by the Orange County Rape Crisis Center (2008). The mission of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center is to stop sexual violence and its impact through support, education, and advocacy. The Center envisions a just and equitable…

Guidance Material 2008 English

Seismic Risk Brochure


This brochure (2008) designed by the French governement and joint NGO gives recommendations -in French- of what to do in case of an earthquake, specifically in Guadeloupe.

Guidance Material 2008 English

Regional shortcomings and global solutions: Kidnap, ransom and insurance in Latin America

Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, Legal Obligations, NGO Security Management

Through her article called “Regional shortcomings and global solutions: Kidnap, ransom and insurance in Latin America” (2008), Samantha Kenney explores the problematic links between insurance companies and the fact that the relatives of a kidnapped person can pay the ransom…

Article 2008 English

“Focus on Operationality” Briefing Papers – Summary and Glossary

Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, NGO Security Management

“Focus on Operationality” Briefing Papers (2007) are meant for humanitarian organisations inside Iraq, supporting agencies, policymakers and donors. They provide information on current operational and policy challenges, as well as lessons learned and best practices drawn from recent field experience.…

Tool 2007 English

IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial support in Emergency settings

Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, Safety

The primary purpose of these guidelines (2007) by the IASC (Inter-Agency Standing Committee) is to enable humanitarian actors and communities to plan, establish and coordinate a set of minimum multi-sectoral responses to protect and improve people’s mental health and psychosocial…

Guidance Material 2007 English

The ‘protection crisis’: A review of field-based strategies for humanitarian protection in Darfur

Context Analysis, Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, NGO Security Management, Safety

This study aims to examine current practice in humanitarian protection and explore strategies, programmes and initiatives undertaken in different contexts to support the protection of civilians. Focusing on roles, outcomes and the internal and external limitations of humanitarian actors, the…

Policy Document 2006 English

Central America and Mexico gang assessment

Context Analysis, NGO Security Management, Safety

The objectives of the Central America and Mexico Gang Assessment are to: (1) analyze the nature of gangs, their root causes, and other factors driving the phenomenon; (2) examine the transnational and regional aspects of gangs in Central America and…

Paper 2006 English