Load low-bandwidth site?
Help

Published: March 31, 2014

The Future of Humanitarian Security in Fragile Contexts

Share this:

The Future of Humanitarian Security in Fragile Contexts: An analysis of transformational factors affecting humanitarian action in the coming decade stems from a recognition that the humanitarian landscape has changed dramatically in the past decade.

The transformation of the humanitarian landscape has already made a significant impact on the operational security of INGOs and other humanitarian actors. Moreover, as contexts defined as ‘fragile’ increasingly draw the attention of the international community, humanitarian actors will need to give careful consideration to the impact of changes unfolding in fragile contexts.

EISF and the Humanitarian Futures Programme (HFP) have responded to this need with the following exploratory analysis. It is hoped that the study will stimulate further discussion of potential and long-term impact, and thereby help GISF members and others to integrate thinking on these issues into their risk management strategies and operational security plans.

This report serves to inform strategic policy priorities and approaches to security planning and coordination, and addresses three main questions:

  • What are the emerging trends, developments and drivers of change that are likely to affect or change security issues and considerations in the humanitarian environment of the future?
  • How will the humanitarian sector need to adapt in order to continue to deliver programmes within this changing operational context?
  • How prepared are organisations for this future, and what might they need to do differently in order to be prepared?

Suggested citation: Armstrong, J. (2014). The Future of Humanitarian Security in Fragile Contexts. European Interagency Security Forum (EISF).

Related:

Key Learnings from the 2019 GISF Forum in Eschborn

This GISF blog by Research Trainee Aisling Sweeney offers an insight into some of the key discussions from the March 2019 GISF Members Forum in Germany.

2019

The why and how of good security risk management: GISF and DisasterReady WebTalks

GISF has partnered with DisasterReady.org to launch two WebTalks on the why and how of good security risk management. Watch Gareth Owen from Save the Children UK speak about why security risk management is important for humanitarian programming, and Lisa Reilly from GISF talk about how to implement good security…

2017

Seven aspects to consider when entering a new NGO partnership

In this blog, Eva Nolle highlights seven key aspects for an INGO to consider with regards to partnerships with an international or local NGO. It is also relevant for other partnerships between local NGOs and organisations engaging contracted services.

2018