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Humanitarian negotiations with armed groups

There are a combination of factors peculiar to humanitarian negotiations with armed non-state actors (ANSAs). Talks often take place in extreme, high-stake environments with little common negotiating culture between parties. In addition, staff need to negotiate in practice what is not negotiable in principle under both organisational and legal frameworks, which are far-removed from reality on the ground (a recent HPG Policy brief described how ‘senior managers are often unaware of how ground-level staff obtain access’). Aid workers are often negotiating from a position of relative weakness – little leverage and few alternative negotiating tables present themselves, and there is a strong possibility of second-best options being the only achievement. Are organisations and their staff members ready and equipped with the necessary tools for these types of complex negotiations?

4 Apr 2014 Blog

Évaluations de la sécurité

Évaluations de la sécurité (2013) est un guide simple qui peut aider lors de l’examen d’un système de gestion de la sécurité d’une organisation. Une évaluation des systèmes de gestion de la sécurité (SGS) est une évaluation, basée sur des données…

31 Mar 2014 Resource

The Future of Humanitarian Security in Fragile Contexts

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.

31 Mar 2014 Blog

Auditorías de seguridad

Auditorías de seguridad (2013) es una sencilla guía que puede ayudar a la hora examinar el sistema de gestión de seguridad de una organización. Una auditoría de sistemas de gestión de seguridad consiste en una revisión basada en pruebas de la…

1 Mar 2014 Resource

Somalia: latest security incidents

Some analysts looked at the 2012 elections in Somalia as a possible turning point for the country, and the first months afterwards saw a renewed sense of optimism. Unfortunately, that possibility has yet to materialise and the country continues to be plagued by security concerns. In fact, the UN has warned that a food crisis similar to that witnessed in 2011 is possible if current aid funding is not increased significantly. Operational difficulties are evident; in August 2013, MSF decided to pull out of Somalia due to safety reasons. Since then, the security situation has continued to deteriorate.

21 Feb 2014 Blog

Myanmar: humanitarian assistance hampered by insecurity in Rakhine state

On February 2nd, protests broke out in Rakhine state, an area of constant instability in Myanmar. Some 3,000 people gathered in Sittwe to demand more weaponry and powers for local police. According to different sources, protesters were also “calling for INGOs to leave the locality within a week.” Referencing the longstanding clashes between Muslims and Buddhists, which were particularly violent in 2012 and 2013, protesters carried banners stating “do not accept the countries who bias toward Bengali”, and “don't want UN organisations that bias toward Bengali”.

7 Feb 2014 Blog

Managing the Message: Communication and media management in a security crisis

Managing the Message: Communication and Media Management in a Security Crisis, a guide written by Sara Davidson (2013), offers guidance on communication and media management following a critical incident involving one or more members of national or international staff. Communication and…

1 Oct 2013 Resource

Security Audits

Security Audits (2013) provides a simple guide which can be used to examine the security management system of an organisation. A security management system (SMS) audit is an evidence-based review of the system’s structure and functions and a test of the…

1 Sep 2013 Resource