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  • Study: Communications technology and humanitarian delivery: challenges and opportunities for security risk management. | Charity & Security Network
    of field staff Grayman and Anderson and look at how online dangerous speech can materialise in violence on the ground Sambuli and Awori Section 2 Communications Technology and its Impact on Humanitarian Programmes looks at first hand experiences in the use of communications technology at field level for humanitarian programming From the role of acceptance when implementing technology based programmes in high risk contexts Porcaro and Walker to Medair s experience in handling the security implications of rapid data collection during an emergency response in Lebanon Kaiser and Fielding this section presents some of the opportunities and challenges communications technology brings for managing security risks A case study on mobile money systems for distribution of food items by World Vision Tafere et al also offers an insight into how communications technology is changing the way humanitarian assistance is delivered Section 3 Using Communications Technology For Security Risk Management provides practical tools that can help mitigate security risks both digital and physical Far from providing exhaustive measures or a checklist this section offers a variety of case studies it assesses the security advantages of SMS over traditional handheld radios as an organisational communication system particularly with regard to working with national staff Mayo and presents the experience of Action Contre la Faim Spain in using the Ushahidi platform as a tool for recording and analysing security incidents in real time and the positive impact this has had on the organisation s security management de Palacios The final paper in this publication Byrne b outlines some recommendations and actions for consideration by security focal points Suggested citation Vazquez Llorente R and Wall I eds 2014 Communications technology and humanitarian delivery challenges and opportunities for security risk management European Interagency Security Forum EISF The editors and contributors of this volume are to be

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  • Report: Attacks on Aid Workers on the Rise | Charity & Security Network
    always clear the report indicates that the spike in attacks on humanitarian workers is a symptom of state failure as well as a product of war To help keep staff and volunteers safe the report says aid groups must properly evaluate host countries conditions and capabilities to assist with aid operations understanding that where the capacity or political will for this is absent they are wholly responsible for their own security Because the majority of attacks on aid workers take place in weak or decentralized countries and those experiencing active armed conflict the actions of the host government play a major role in determining the safety of aid workers According to the report host governments sometimes restrict movements within or access to specific strategic areas such as those controlled by an insurgency These restrictions often limit where and how aid is distributed undermining the humanitarians neutrality and independence by appearing to favor one side over another In places like Somalia where an armed group acts as the defacto authority across much of the southern and central parts of the country aid agency access and movements are typically determined regionally as opposed to nation wide This ad hoc approach has its drawbacks As one agency staffer interviewed for the report complained there are no collective approaches when you work in such an extreme and volatile environment everyone is doing their own thing Humanitarian Outcomes is a team of consultants providing research and policy advice for humanitarian aid agencies and donor governments 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

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    by the UN Security Council to integrate all UN functions in Somalia under one UN mandate will impede humanitarian aid increase the risk of attacks on aid workers and further strain humanitarian negotiations In a March 11 2013 press release InterAction the largest alliance of U S based aid and development non governmental originations NGOs joined two other prominent humanitarian consortiums the International Council of Voluntary Agencies ICVA and VOICE Voluntary Organizations in Cooperation in Emergencies to express concerns about the UN s decision On March 6 the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2093 which established a new peacebuilding mission in Somalia that requires all UN functions including humanitarian assistance to be integrated into it Read more about Aid Consortiums Speak Out Against UN Decision in Somalia Attacks on Aid Workers Increased in 2011 Reversing Two Year Decline Date September 3 2012 The number of major attacks against aid workers rose again in 2011 according to Aid Worker Security Database AWSD which has been tracking major incidents of violence against aid workers since 1997 Its latest report Inhospitable Conditions How Host Governments Help Make or Break Humanitarian Operational Security says the protection of aid workers is integral to ensuring reliable and effective assistance for the 60 million people who need humanitarian assistance world wide Read more about Attacks on Aid Workers Increased in 2011 Reversing Two Year Decline Attacks on Aid Workers Rise Date January 14 2013 Reversing a two year decline the number of major attacks against humanitarian workers rose sharply in 2011 the most recent full year of analyzed data from the Aid Worker Security Database 308 aid workers were killed kidnapped or wounded with most attacks occurring in Afghanistan Somalia and Pakistan countries in which the politicization and militarization of aid has made it much harder for aid agencies to provide help to those in need Portraying international humanitarian aid as a Trojan horse with ulterior political motives has been cited by a number of regimes as a justification to curtail international aid efforts most recently by the Pakistani Taliban who attacked and killed several healthcare workers distributing a polio vaccine claiming the vaccine makes children sterile or impotent Read more about Attacks on Aid Workers Rise Attacks on Aid Workers Rise Date January 14 2013 Reversing a two year decline the number of major attacks against humanitarian workers rose sharply in 2011 the most recent full year of analyzed data from the Aid Worker Security Database 308 aid workers were killed kidnapped or wounded with most attacks occurring in Afghanistan Somalia and Pakistan countries in which the politicization and militarization of aid has made it much harder for aid agencies to provide help to those in need Portraying international humanitarian aid as a Trojan horse with ulterior political motives has been cited by a number of regimes as a justification to curtail international aid efforts most recently by the Pakistani Taliban who attacked and killed several healthcare workers distributing a polio vaccine claiming the vaccine makes

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    European Interagency Security Forum Incident Statistics in Aid Worker Safety and Security Management provides guidance to non governmental organizations NGOs and other groups on how to understand use and create this information Safety and security incident statistics are an important component of a comprehensive risk management strategy for the aid sector They provide information on the changing nature of threats how security problems impact an organization and how well they are managing the risks to which they are exposed Click here for more on issues related to aid worker saftey Read more about Understanding Aid Worker Safety Statistics Understanding Aid Worker Safety Statistics Date April 2 2012 The frequency of aid workers around the world being killed kidnapped or attacked has risen sharply over the last decade The surge in attacks has led to an increase in tracking security incident related statistics Written by the European Interagency Security Forum Incident Statistics in Aid Worker Safety and Security Management provides guidance to non governmental organizations NGOs and other groups on how to understand use and create this information Safety and security incident statistics are an important component of a comprehensive risk management strategy for the aid sector They provide information on the changing nature of threats how security problems impact an organization and how well they are managing the risks to which they are exposed Click here for more on issues related to aid worker saftey Read more about Understanding Aid Worker Safety Statistics Database Tracks Major Incidents of Violence Toward Aid Workers Date May 11 2011 The Aid Worker Security Database AWSD is a global compilation of major incidents of violence against aid workers from 1997 through the present It is a project of Humanitarian Outcomes Around the world aid workers providing humanitarian assistance are at risk due to real or perceived association with military or foreign policy agendas To curb this it is imperative that aid workers be able to maintain their neutrality and impartiality from government interference when conducting their operations Learn more Read more about Database Tracks Major Incidents of Violence Toward Aid Workers Letter to CIA Protests Use of Vaccinations for Intelligence Collection Date March 16 2012 On Feb 21 2012 a coalition of nearly 200 aid organizations sent a letter to the head of the CIA protesting its use of a vaccination campaign last year as cover for collecting intelligence information in Pakistan The CIA s use of the cover of humanitarian activity for this purpose casts doubt on the intentions and integrity of all humanitarian actors in Pakistan said the letter from InterAction the largest alliance of U S based humanitarian and international development non governmental organizations NGOs U S Defense Secretary Leon Panetta confirmed the CIA had launched the fake vaccination campaign in an interview on Jan 27 2012 Read more about Letter to CIA Protests Use of Vaccinations for Intelligence Collection Flawed Counterterrorism Policy Puts Aid Workers in More Danger Date February 1 2012 Author Nathaniel J Turner Nearly 800 aid workers

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    Around the World Date May 11 2009 In 2008 260 humanitarian aid workers were 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 Read more about Report 2008 The Deadliest Year for Aid Workers Around the World Dangerous Partnership Humanitarian Aid Groups and the Military Date December 23 2008 A new plan outlined by the Department of Defense DoD and USAID that forces humanitarian groups to collaborate with the military is being called potentially lethal by critics of the plan Representatives from organizations including InterAction CARE and International Relief and Development are outraged at the new policy that they believe will reduce the effectiveness of charitable groups from providing urgently needed aid as they will be too closely connected to the military Read more about Dangerous Partnership Humanitarian Aid Groups and the Military Rising Attacks on Aid Workers Linked to Perception of Close Ties to Governments Date April 9 2009 The rising numbers of attacks against global aid workers is threatening their safety and the humanitarian work they provide in many of the worlds turbulent areas Government action that intrudes into the operations of nongovernment organizations has contributed to the problem according to experts In the U S a proposal to require United States Agency for International Development USAID grant applicants to collect and submit personal data on program partners threatens to exacerbate the situation Read more about Rising Attacks on Aid Workers Linked to Perception of Close Ties to Governments Pages first previous

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  • Barriers to Charity Overview | Charity & Security Network
    Charities Amendment to State Secrets Laws would Expand Barriers to Humanitarian Aid Heavy Sentences in Holy Land Trial Send Chilling Message to US NGOs Holy Land Conviction Raises Concerns and Questions for US NGO s Resources IMPACT Counterterrorism Measure on Charities and Donors After 9 11 printable handout CSN Report How the Work of Charities Counters Terror Terrorism Toolkit for Charities Legal Rulings Diminish Charitable Giving and Impact Recommendations to Obama Transition Team Book Countering the Politics of Fear Book Regulation of the Voluntary Sector Book Civil Society Under Strain Reports Report on State of the Humanitarian System Politicization of Aid Disrupts Aid Delivery Friend Not Foe Opening Spaces for Civil Society Engagement to Prevent Violent Extremism UN Report shows that Security Measures that Restrict Humanitarian Access Hurt Civilians NGOs Threatened by Harsh Legal Constraints Laws Stifle NGO Activity and Debate on Policy Matters Americans Adverse to Government Supporting Muslim Charities Events Brookings Institute Barriers to Access During Humanitarian Crises Civil Society Security and Aid Post 9 11 Challenges Tensions Dilemmas 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

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  • EU: Time to Examine Counterterrorism Policies | Charity & Security Network
    of necessity effectiveness proportionality civil liberties the rule of law and democratic scrutiny and accountability said rapporteur Sophia Helena in t Veld The resolution calls on the EC to present a study on the costs of counterterrorism policies invest in anti racism and anti discrimination policies improve the use and storage of data for counterterrorism purposes This is not the first time a review of counter terror policy has been sought in the EP In January 2011 an EP report declared Counterterrorism measures tend to have a profound impact on civil liberties the rule of law and democratic decision making They also have a substantial budget impact It is therefore reasonable to measure the costs and benefits of counterterrorism policies just like any other policy area Policy makers should know if their decisions have the desired impact and citizens have a right to hold their elected representatives to account 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

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  • UN Special Investigator Finds Its Counterterrorism Framework Chills Humanitarian Aid | Charity & Security Network
    human rights standards Scheinin also criticized the scope of Security Council Resolution 1267 1267 Originally 1267 outlined the sanctions for al Qaida and the Afghani Taliban but subsequently expanded into an open ended system of sanctions not specific to any groups When it was first passed Scheinin supported 1267 calling it a form of smart sanctions against a defined group of persons and limited in time and space But now Scheinin contends the resolution is beyond the intended scope with over 400 designated organizations The Special Rapporteur observed that the UN Global Counter terrorism Strategy adopted by the General Assembly in 2006 provides a solid basis for the reforms he is proposing as it contains respect for human rights and the rule of law as one of its pillars Scheinin called on the Security Council to replace Resolutions 1373 and 1267 with a single resolution to organize the counter terrorism measures under one framework that sanctions terrorists and protects human rights He emphasized that counter terrorism measures and the protection of human rights are not contradictory The defense of human rights renders counter terrorism efforts by States even more effective Violations of human rights by States are only conducive to providing breading grounds for more terrorism he said The Special Rapporteur was also critical of the powers held by the UN Ombudsperson who is charged with reviewing the listing procedures for listed terrorists Kimberly Prost a Canadian judge was selected as the first Ombudsperson in June 2010 According to Scheinin Prost does not have the power necessary to challenge Security Council decisions to blacklist and sanction people for suspected ties to al Qaida and the Taliban The Ombudsperson is not even mandated to make recommendations to the Committee and de listing decisions are still taken confidentially he said The Ombudsperson

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