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  • Database Tracks Major Incidents of Violence Toward Aid Workers | Charity & Security Network
    workers be able to maintain their neutrality and impartiality from government interference when conducting their operations Learn more 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 Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/574 (2016-02-16)
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  • Report: Fostering Security For Local Aid Partners | Charity & Security Network
    Working with Local Partners recommends that INGOs develop or use recognized standards like the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement s Code of Conduct to guide their security strategy Over the last decade there has been a significant shift in the approach adopted by most INGOS towards risk management Reliance on local partners to implement programs in countries with tremendous insecurity is becoming more common because they have better local networks and better knowledge of the immediate social political and economic climate than their international partners However the cost of this strategy leads to greater risk taking for the local partners This is borne out in the latest numbers from the Aid Worker Security Database which says the overwhelming majority of recorded attacks or kidnappings in 2011 involved local aid workers Taking these concerns into account a number of organizations have developed or adopted guidelines to better support their partners The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement for example has a framework to support safer access for local groups which looks at the application of fundamental humanitarian principles in practice as well as training in and resources for security management Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/studies/Fostering_Security_For_Local_Aid_Partners%20 (2016-02-16)
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  • ODI Report: Talking to The Other Side | Charity & Security Network
    one of the world s most complicated and dangerous places for aid workers Since the early 2000s aid agencies approaches to negotiating humanitarian access assistance and protection with the Taliban have been largely inconsistent At the leadership level the Taliban has an official policy on aid agency access regardless of whether they are the United Nations or Afghani or international non governmental organizations NGOs However there is significant discretion and flexibility accorded to local leaders which means that the rules vary depending on who is in charge This combined with perceptions that certain aid groups are neither impartial nor independent from military objectives helps contribute to a high degree of hostility towards aid actors Accusations of spying for foreign governments were common among local Taliban members according to the report and some felt that because NGOs cooperate with parties to the conflict they were legitimate targets of attack There were also numerous complaints about development projects which were ineffective and short term One Taliban commander said despite the large amount of foreign money pouring into Kandahar he has not seen any project during the last decade that has brought any positive change to our lives The report added poor quality projects reinforced suspicions that aid agencies had ulterior motives Despite the ad hoc process over the last decade there are elements of the Taliban leadership that appear to offer an opening for expanded talks While the political leadership of the Taliban may favour engagement with aid agencies challenges remain in the uneven control of Taliban fighters by the leadership and the overwhelming hostility expressed by Taliban toward aid organisations which have become strongly associated with the international military said Antonio Giustozzi co author of the report Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/studies/ODI_Talking_Taliban (2016-02-16)
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  • Report Examines 15 Years of Data about Aid Worker Attacks | Charity & Security Network
    staff for humanitarian non governmental organizations NGOs bear the greatest share of these attacks This is largely because the places NGOs go to deliver assistance have increasingly become more dangerous whether its rural areas where aid workers are sometimes misperceived to be part of a broader governmental foreign policy objectives or in urban settings where the use of explosive devices do not distinguish between neutral humanitarian actors and military targets Although humanitarian assistance has helped to reduce the global death toll from conflict it is equally important to consider the negative effects for the frontline humanitarian aid workers who provide this assistance the report says Insecurity Insight is a Swiss organization that tracks data on issues related to insecurity The report was written by Christina Wille director of Insecurity Insight and Larissa Fast an assistant professor of conflict resolution at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame 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 Reports Experts Blog About Us

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/studies/15_Years_Data_Aid_Worker_Attacks (2016-02-16)
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  • Study: Host States Key in Protection of Aid Workers | Charity & Security Network
    context in forging secure access The analysis measured relationships between violence against aid workers and country specific conditions such as governance indicators stability measures conflict events corruption levels and other variables Through multiple regression analysis the researchers tested the assumption that the presence of active conflict in a host country corresponded to aid worker casualties The study found a positive correlation between violence against aid workers and the presence and intensity of fighting It also found that aid workers are at most prolonged risk in contexts where they have been deliberately targeted for violence as a means to economic or political ends Positive correlations were also found between aid worker violence and low levels of political stability high state fragility scores institutional weakness of the regime and low levels of rule of law The analysis revealed that the type of political regime of the host country did not matter only its strength and stability No significant correlation between aid worker killings and the general homicide rate in host countries was found Nor was there a significant relationship between violence against aid workers and government corruption or openness with society Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/studies/Host_States_Impact_On_Security_Humanitarian_Operations (2016-02-16)
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  • Report: 2008 The Deadliest Year for Aid Workers Around the World | Charity & Security Network
    killed kidnapped or seriously injured in violent attacks This toll is the highest in the 12 years of the Center of International Cooperation and the Overseas Development Institute began tracking these incidents According to the report the absolute number of attacks against aid workers has risen steeply over the past three years with an annual average almost three times higher than the previous nine years Relative rates of attacks per numbers of aid workers in the field have also increased by 61 The 2008 fatality rate for international aid workers exceeds that of UN peacekeeping troops 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 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 Partner Vetting System January 21 2016 Over 100 Nonprofits Ask FATF to Revise Recommendation 8

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/61 (2016-02-16)
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  • Calls Increase for Independent Investigation of MSF Hospital Bombing | Charity & Security Network
    government have launched investigations it is impossible to rely only on the parties involved in the conflict in Afghanistan to carry out independent and impartial investigations of acts in which they are implicated MSF said in announcing the White House demonstration In an October 13 blog published in The Hill Charity Security Network board member Theo Sitther of Friends Committee on National Legislation and Lisa Schirch of Eastern Mennonite University argue that U S interests abroad are at stake in the aftermath of the bombing of the MSF the French acronym for the NGO hospital U S policymakers have an important role to play in preventing future tragedies by allowing an independent investigation to move forward the article states The authors explain that the U S must understand NGO operational requirements and the important role these groups play in volatile areas which without their work would be even more unstable The demonstration will begin on the south side of Lafayette Park at 1 30 p m on December 9 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/Calls_Increase_Independent_Investigation_MSF_Bombing (2016-02-16)
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  • Study: The Future of Humanitarian Security in Fragile Contexts by EISF | Charity & Security Network
    humanitarian action has seen massive changes resulting in a need for increase security for organizations working in conflict areas For example there are now many more parties involved including governments private sector entities non profits organizations subcontractors and non state actors With all of these groups participating in humanitarian efforts traditional humanitarian organizations have faced increased security risks due to perceived non neutrality As a result humanitarian groups are spending vital resources on security This trend has only been exacerbated by advances in military and social technology The report concludes that in order for traditional humanitarian organizations to continue to work in conflict areas they must work even harder to establish their neutrality and credibility in order to build relationships with actors who could potentially pose a threat 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 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

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