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In mid-2009, senior staff from Bioforce and RedR met in Paris to discuss how the two organisations might work together in future emergencies. Through that meeting it became clear that both engage in similar activities in emergencies. For example, both undertake learning needs assessments, recruit local trainers, contextualise training materials and procure office and training space. They also provide similar training to the same groups of people (entry- and mid-level staff working in emergencies) and share similar learning objectives and outcomes and complementary methodologies around experiential learning. In short, the meeting concluded that bringing together Bioforce’s and RedR’s training resources,…
La primera edición de este Informe de Buena Práctica sobre La Gestión de la Seguridad de las Operaciones en Entornos Violentos (‘Good Practice Review on Operational Security Management in Violent Environments’), conocido también como GPR 8, fue publicado en 2000 en inglés y francés. Desde entonces el documento ha cobrado gran influencia en la gestión de la seguridad de las operaciones humanitarias, y tiene el mérito de haber incrementado un mayor entendimiento de la buena práctica en este campo en toda la comunidad de organizaciones involucradas en operaciones humanitarias. Aunque gran parte del Informe original, GPR 8, continúa siendo válido,…
La première édition de cette Revue des bonnes pratiques sur la Gestion opérationnelle de la sécurité dans des contextes violents (également appelée RBP 8) a été publiée en 2000. Elle est, depuis, un document novateur en matière de gestion de la sécurité opérationnelle humanitaire et on lui attribue d’avoir facilité la compréhension des bonnes pratiques dans ce domaine pour l’ensemble de la communauté des organisations opérationnelles. Elle a présenté des concepts fondamentaux de gestion de la sécurité et a mis en relief les bonnes politiques et pratiques des diverses approches de la sécurité opérationnelle dans les contextes humanitaires. Bien qu’une…
Humanitarian actors claim adherence to humanitarian principles in order to win the acceptance of local populations, parties to conflict and other stakeholders, and thereby secure access to vulnerable people at risk. In recent years, however, questions have arisen as to whether humanitarian principles are still relevant as a tool for securing access. Using Afghanistan and Pakistan as examples, this article outlines the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)’s approach to strengthening the implementation of acceptance strategies, including by reinforcing adherence to humanitarian principles. Implementing the approach will take time and effort, but with the changing nature of access challenges NRC believes that…
7 December 2010 15:00-17:00 (GMT+00) - Public event, Overseas Development Institute and screened live online Since the publication of the first edition of Good Practice Review 8 on Operational Security Management in Violent Environments a decade ago, the global security environment has changed significantly. New conflict contexts have created new sources of threat to international humanitarian action. Increasing violence against aid workers and their operations, including more kidnappings and lethal attacks, has had serious implications for humanitarian relief work in insecure contexts. Meanwhile, agencies themselves have become much more conscious of the need to provide for the safety and security…
Today the context of aid work has changed substantially, as has the way agencies manage their security and seek to keep their staff and assets safe. New conflicts have created new sources of threat. Increasing violence against aid workers and their operations, including more kidnappings and lethal attacks, has had serious implications for relief work. Equally, though, aid agencies have made significant progress in their understanding of the risks they face and the types of personnel and resources they need to mitigate them. To capture these changes, the Humanitarian Practice Network has produced a revised edition of Good Practice Review 8,…
Since the publication of the first edition of Good Practice Review 8 on Operational Security Management in Violent Environments a decade ago, the global security environment has changed significantly. New conflict contexts have created new sources of threat to international humanitarian action. Increasing violence against aid workers and their operations, including more kidnappings and lethal attacks, has had serious implications for humanitarian relief work in insecure contexts. Meanwhile, agencies themselves have become much more conscious of the need to provide for the safety and security of their staff.To reflect these changes, the Humanitarian Practice Network has published a new version of GPR…
Drawing from experiences in Sudan, Zimbabwe, Haiti and elsewhere, this article highlights the main issues for NGOs to consider when working with community volunteers and committees during humanitarian emergencies. Every programme is different, so agencies should not necessarily apply identical structures or ways of working with communities in different contexts. However, certain principles should at minimum be considered regardless of the situation. This article aims to improve awareness of these issues, to encourage consistency and best practice in the planning and implementation of humanitarian activities with volunteers and committees.Consistency and coordination An ad hoc or uncoordinated approach to working with…
On 29 October 2008, a vehicle loaded with explosives forced its way into the UN compound in Hargeisa, the capital of the breakaway republic of Somaliland. The detonation killed two employees of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Across town, further bombs targeted the presidential palace and Ethiopia’s diplomatic representation. Another two bombs exploded in the semi-autonomous Puntland region. The attacks occurred as leaders from Kenya, Uganda, Djibouti and Ethiopia met in Nairobi to discuss the Somali issue. Islamist groups with links to Al-Qaeda are believed to have been responsible. The events made headlines around the world. Images of broken windows,…
‘One minute we were heading to the airport, happy to be on our way home … next minute we were being bundled into a pick-up truck crowded with gun-toting bandits, AK47s pointed at our heads, racing off into the unknown.’ Almost 80 days later, after difficult and at times traumatic negotiations, one of the captives was brought safely home. The other was eventually released four weeks later. Both hostages believed that their captors were not aware beforehand that they were aid workers and simply targeted them because they were foreigners. Accurate kidnap statistics are notoriously difficult to obtain and any…

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