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  • Charity & Security Network
    More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications The Latest News C SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism February 8 2016 New Budget Language Intended to Rein In

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/issue/USAID%20Partner%20Vetting%20System (2016-02-16)
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  • Aid Worker Safety Overview | Charity & Security Network
    Workers in More Danger Honoring International Charities and Their Workers on 9 11 Health Care in Danger Aid worker safety Threatened by Military Agenda Rising Attacks on Aid Workers Linked to Perception of Close Ties to Government Dangerous partnerships Humanitarian Aid Groups and The Military Resources Database Tracks Major Incidents of Violence Toward Aid Workers Aid Workers Killed or Abducted Around the World 2010 Aid Workers Killed or Abducted Around the World 2009 Abduction Management Tools for Aid Workers USAIDs Controversial Partner Vetting System Reports Kidnapping of Aid Workers at Highest Level in 2012 Fostering Security for Local Aid Partners ODI Report Talking to the Other Side Report Examines 15 Years of Data about Aid Worker Attacks Host States Key in Protection of Aid Workers InSecurity Insight Examines 15 Years of Data about Aid Worker Attacks EISF Fostering Security For Local Aid Partners EISF Understanding Aid Worker Safety Statistics The UN and its Impact on Humanitarian Space The Aid Worker Security Report 2011 Blurred Lines between Governments and NGOs Leads to Surge in Violence Towards Aid Workers The Deadliest Year for Aid Workers Around the World Multimedia Video Aid Worker Who Survived Terrorist Attack Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/Aid_Worker_Safety_Overview%20 (2016-02-16)
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  • Aid Consortiums Speak Out Against UN Decision in Somalia | Charity & Security Network
    assistance to be integrated into it By requiring UN humanitarian coordination to fall under the political mandate of the new UN peacebuilding mission in Somalia the neutrality impartiality and independence of humanitarian action will be compromised the press release said Although the famine was officially declared over in February 2012 civilians across the war torn country still require assistance and problems about access persist especially to reach nearly two million people living in the southern parts of the country The decision may also increase the risk of attacks on aid workers in Somalia a country with an already high number of incidents Subsuming humanitarian functions under a political mandate the press release said carries the risk that political motives rather than impartial assessment will dictate aid decisions and restrict independent humanitarian reporting and advocacy Humanitarian groups are also concerned about further constraints on humanitarian negotiations with non state actors like al Shabaab an armed group that controls territory across the southern parts of the country We know this from every humanitarian crisis Only when we safeguard our neutrality are we able to obtain consent and acceptance for our work reach all affected populations and ensure that our assistance is provided impartially said Nan Buzard Executive Director of ICVA Obviously humanitarian NGOs must continue to serve all civilian populations under the best and worst of circumstances But it is regrettable that the Security Council has just made a dangerous and complex situation more difficult for the humanitarian workers trying to alleviate human suffering in Somalia said Samuel A Worthington President and CEO of InterAction Just days before Medecins Sans Frontieres MSF a group that has been working in Somalia since 1991 released a press release with a similar message Attempts to further politicize humanitarian aid will put patients and aid workers

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Aid_Coalitions_Speak_Out_Against_UN_Decision_Somalia (2016-02-16)
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  • MSF: Integrating Aid into Military Strategy Threatens Humanitarian Efforts in Somalia | Charity & Security Network
    its donors look toward a new era humanitarian assistance including food water shelter and health care dissociated from political objectives and processes should remain a priority the February 2013 report titled Hear My Voice Somalis on Living in a Humanitarian Crisis Critical of counterterrorism polices that have the effect of severely limiting aid distribution in places where terrorist groups operate the report said these policies impede humanitarian response efforts leaving large gaps in aid provision In the U S the material support statute effectively blocks access to civilians by barring logistical negotiations with blacklisted terrorist groups like al Shabaab and treats incidental or minimal leakage of aid in the same manner as deliberate distribution of aid to terrorist groups Instead Oberreit says the humanitarian aid system must avoid being co opted by the counter insurgency efforts in Somalia to remain effective Aid must therefore remain independent and impartial so that humanitarian organizations can try to negotiate access to populations in need with all parties to the conflict and mitigate security risks as much as possible he said As we ve seen previously in Somalia and in places like Afghanistan Iraq Sierra Leone and Angola when military stabilization or peacekeeping efforts integrate humanitarian aid as a tool to advance political and security objectives aid actors including health workers are invariably delegitimized and prevented from reaching populations trapped in conflict said Oberreit In extreme cases aid has even been denied to populations to serve political interests of stabilization efforts Humanitarian assistance must be driven purely by the actual needs of a population and not predicated upon any other agenda he added According to this fact sheet produced by Reliefweb Somalia is facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today One in three Somalis is in urgent need of humanitarian

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/MSF_Military_Strategy_Threatens_Humanitarian_Efforts_Somalia (2016-02-16)
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  • Attacks on Aid Workers Increased in 2011, Reversing Two Year Decline | Charity & Security Network
    more than 800 humanitarians killed during the last decade the threat faced by the men and women working to support communities hit by natural and man made disasters is on the rise In fact 2011 saw the third highest number of aid worker incidents since 1997 with 151 recorded incidents including deaths kidnappings and injuries As in years past the three most dangerous countries in which to operate were Afghanistan Sudan and Somalia In several countries conflict and insecurity also prevent aid workers from safely reaching those who are the most vulnerable Lack of safe access to vulnerable populations is a major obstacle to humanitarian organizations carrying out life saving work Related Resources The State Department has compiled a map showing the location and number of aid worker victims since 2001 August 2012 interview with Michael Reich World Vision Germany s Country Program Coordinator for Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs about the security situation for humanitarian workers CSN s Aid Worker Safety page Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Aid_worker_Attacks_increase_2011 (2016-02-16)
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  • ICRC: Civilian Safety Worsening in Armed Conflicts | Charity & Security Network
    at a workshop about reporters safety in conflict zones Martin Unternahrer a communication delegate of the ICRC s Regional Delegation for East Asia said today s conflicts commonly feature asymmetrical fighting and rogue actors unaware of international humanitarian law or unwilling to protect civilians Unternahrer briefed the workshop participants on the ICRC s implementation of international humanitarian law and urged that anyone entering a conflict area receive safety and security training as part of their preparation The ICRC also reported on the death of Bashar al Youssef a volunteer who was shot in Deir Ezzor on June 23 while wearing a uniform clearly marked with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent emblem In statements made after the killing the ICRC stressed the importance of protecting aid workers This attack comes at a time when the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent are virtually the only organizations able to work in areas affected by the violence in Syria said Alexandre Equey the deputy head of the ICRC delegation in Syria Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/ICRC_Civilian_safety_worsening_in_armed_conflicts%20 (2016-02-16)
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  • Health Care in Danger | Charity & Security Network
    600 instances of violence against health care workers and facilities and found millions of lives could be saved if the delivery of health care were more widely respected Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/619 (2016-02-16)
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  • Dangerous Partnership: Humanitarian Aid Groups and the Military | Charity & Security Network
    to a foreign country now feels the money will be allocated to fund development projects favored by the military The military will also have more influence on policy making and funding of humanitarian aid programs In response to the new policy a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution Elizabeth Ferris alleges that a close relationship between the military and humanitarian groups will open the door for attacks on charitable groups by insurgents Ferris says Once insurgent groups perceive that a humanitarian organization is acting to pursue military or political objectives that organization loses the protection it had by virtue of respect for humanitarian principles Ferris added Rather than aid being seen as a response by the U S population to suffering people in need it will be increasingly seen as another tool of U S foreign policy The immediate response to the new policy will be a reduction in charitable groups working with USAID The long term impact could be the dearth of critical aid being delivered where it is most needed Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Dangerous_Partnership_Humanitarian_Aid_Groups_Military (2016-02-16)
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