Securing Access: Maintaining Presence & Proximity in Insecure Settings

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.

March, 2016