Security and Programming

There is a two-way relationship between humanitarian programming and security, each can support or undermine the other. On the one hand, insecurity can make reaching beneficiaries harder or even impossible. On the other, if programming is not effective and seen as equitable this will reduce acceptance. The nature and type of an intervention also have security implications, for example, cash distributions and food distributions can result in different risks to aid workers.

  • Communications Technology and Humanitarian Delivery: Challenges and opportunities for security risk management

    Twenty one authors have contributed to this publication analysing how communications technology is changing the operational environment, the ways in which communications technology is creating new opportunities for humanitarian agencies to respond to emergencies, and the impact that new programmes have on how we manage security.

  • The Cost of Security Risk Management for NGOs

    The Cost of Security Risk Management for NGOs explores the costs related to safety and security management for aid programmes, and aims to assist all aid practitioners to determine their risk management expenditure more accurately.

  • Violence and aggression towards Health Care Professionals

    This article examines the factors that are related to the manifestation of healthcare violence, analyses the signs of violent behavior and suggests measures for the management and prevention of healthcare violence.

  • A Toolkit for Urban Resilience in Situations of Chronic Violence

    This toolkit assesses resilience, namely the ways ordinary people along with their neighbors and officials cope with chronic urban violence, by analyzing eight-case studies of cities suffering from a history of violence.

  • Managing Aid Agency Security in an Evolving World: The Larger Challenge

    This EISF Article considers security management by international aid agencies against the realities of an evolving wider world. It describes the broad challenge of ‘acceptance’ which stretches far beyond the management capacity of security personnel, and thus requires a deep internal questioning within each organisation. The focus is very much on the primarily ‘Western’ aid agencies that still dominate global aid provision.

  • Humanitarian Access and Technology: Opportunities and Applications

    This Access Brief explores several technological options organized in three broad areas integral to securing and sustaining humanitarian access: access to information; physical access; and enhancing quality and monitoring resource use.