The war on terror, specifically its impact on perceptions of risk and relationships between  humanitarian action and security and political agendas.  ccess for humanitarian actors has fundamentally changed how humanitarian actors operate. Their objectives, and the interpretation of humanitarian principals across a disparate humanitarian community has been fundamentally altered. Distance management of programmes has led to an increased role for local organizations in a contracting model of aid delivery and this has become the predominant approach for donors, UN and International NGOs.

The war on terror, specifically its impact on perceptions of risk and relationships between  humanitarian action and security and political agendas.  ccess for humanitarian actors has fundamentally changed how humanitarian actors operate. Their objectives, and the interpretation of humanitarian principals across a disparate humanitarian community has been fundamentally altered. Distance management of programmes has led to an increased role for local organizations in a contracting model of aid delivery and this has become the predominant approach for donors, UN and International NGOs.

 

Draconian anti-terrorism laws have refocused attention  on the best balance between humanitarian principals and security concerns. An increased reliance on local individuals, organizations and communities for the actual delivery of aid has become linked with the systems’ views on those local entities political and military motivations. Many of the discussions on managing risk and distance management are happening with international NGOs, agencies, donors and Governments but crucially, often without the input of those people and organizations who are at the sharp end. What if local organizations were seen as part of the solution to the best approach to aid in highly insecure fragile areas, and not as part of the problem or only as sub-contractors? What if accountability systems could be a home-grown capacity rather than a punishment? Can we be honest about whether we expect local NGOs to be contractors or responsible humanitarians?

 

CHC projects designed to answer these questions and change policy and practice:

  • WASH Scoping Study
  • Study into the impacts of restricted humanitarian access (with Humanitarian Outcomes)

 

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