Securing Access: Maintaining Presence & Proximity in Insecure Settings
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This podcast is produced in partnership with Humanitarian Outcomes.
Recurring violence against civilians and humanitarian aid workers affects both the quantity and quality of protection and assistance reaching the most vulnerable populations. It also requires a reassessment of how humanitarian professionals plan and strategically implement aid delivery in insecure environments. Global data indicate that there is a relatively small pool of international aid agencies that consistently work in the most dangerous countries, and not enough to meet demand. This results in significant gaps in assistance where it is needed most.
In conversations with key experts and practitioners, this podcast will consider how to compensate for this gap and ensure continued presence and proximity in insecure environments. The podcast will build upon the preliminary findings of the “Securing Access in Volatile Environments” (SAVE), research project of Humanitarian Outcomes and the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), which has been researching the ways in which organisations gain and maintain humanitarian access and sustained proximity to vulnerable populations in highly insecure environments, namely in Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria. Panelists will discuss lessons for retaining access while ensuring the delivery of quality aid in insecure locations. This podcast will address the following questions:
- How do we improve our understanding of humanitarian presence, particularly given the reluctance of organizations to share information on their operations in insecure environments?
- What enables certain organizations to maintain access and quality programming despite insecurity, while others cannot?
- How have humanitarian practitioners navigated the challenges of negotiating access and consistent presence in insecure settings? What methods or tools are needed to continually enhance access in these constrained environments?
- What are the implications of operating in environments with reduced visibility, oversight, and increased reliance on local and national partners?
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Samir Elhawary, Eroding humanitarian principles: who’s to blame?, HPG, August 7, 2008, http://odihpn.org/blog/eroding-humanitarian-principles-who%C2%92s-to-blame/.
Max P. Glaser, Humanitarian engagement with non-state armed actors: The parameters of negotiated access, Humanitarian Practice Network, No. 51, June 2005, http://odihpn.org/wp-content/uploads/2005/06/networkpaper051.pdf
Christa Rottensteiner, “The Denial of Humanitarian Assistance as a Crime Under International Law,” International Review of the Red Cross, No. 835 (September 30, 1999), https://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/misc/57jq32.htm.
Eva Svoboda, Strengthening access and proximity to serve the needs of people in conflict, HPG paper, July 2015, http://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/odi-assets/publications-opinion-files/9737.pdf.
Steven Zyck, Localising Humanitarianism: Improving Effectiveness through Inclusive Action. HPG Briefing Paper, July 2015, http://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/odi-assets/publications-opinion-files/9720.pdf
Extended Interviews - Securing Access: Maintaining Presence & Proximity in Insecure Settings
Extended Segment 1: Will Carter, Senior Researcher, Humanitarian Outcomes; Katherine Haver, Partner, Humanitarian Outcomes; and Abby Stoddard, Partner, Humanitarian Outcomes.
Extended Segment 2: John Caccavale, Research Associate, Humanitarian Outcomes; Shaun Hughes, Head of Programme at United Nations World Food Programme, South Sudan; Andre Heller Perrache, Head of Programs, MSF UK; and Rehan Zahid, Policy Officer, WFP.
Extended Segment 3:Steve Zyck, Independent Researcher/Consultant