Over the last decade, humanitarian work has grown in scale and effectiveness. This has helped to decrease the civilian death toll from war, armed conflict and disasters and has generally contributed to the protection of civilians.
At the same time, violence, insecurity, threats and deliberate obstructions are increasingly recognised as constraints to further assistance.
We work to protect aid delivery from future violence by providing information on the potential risks personnel face while delivering aid.
Humanitarian security risk management allows aid organisations greater access to and impact for crisis-affected populations while still meeting their duty of care obligations towards staff.
Having access to relevant, reliable and up-to date information is a key component in the risk security framework. Advocacy groups, policy-decision makers and academics also benefit from aid security incident information.
We collect information on events affecting aid workers, assets and programmes from open sources and verified reports shared by over 25 partner aid agencies. This information is published in monthly, quarterly and special reports.
We are currently testing how best to use social and local media to keep the aid sector informed about development. See below examples from the Mozambique cyclone response which we carried out in collaboration with Standby Task Force.