Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Aid Worker Security Report 2011: Spotlight on security for national aid workers

Humanitarian Outcomes recently released its 2011 report on the state of aid worker security (the last report came out in 2009). I'll shamelessly quote verbatim their key findings below to entice you into reading the details in the full 28-page PDF document. Kudos to Abby, Adele, and all involved for the excellent research and analysis. Your work is valued and appreciated.

2011 Key Findings
  • The past two years show a downturn in violence against aid workers that spiked in a small number of conflict contexts beginning in 2006 and peaking in 2008.
  • The recent decline in attacks is mainly due to the shrinking presence of international aid agencies in the most violent settings, Somalia in particular, rather than improving security conditions.
  • The incidence of aid worker kidnappings continues to rise dramatically, and the use of major explosives has emerged as a tactic of violence in a small number of settings.
  • Despite overall improvements in aid agencies’ security risk management, national aid workers perceive continued inequities in security support compared with their international counterparts.
  • National aid workers, while less subject to major attacks per capita than international aid workers, nevertheless form the majority of victims, and their specific security needs require more attention.



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