Study: The Future of Humanitarian Security in Fragile Contexts by EISF

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June 19, 2014

The European Interagency Security Forum published The Future of Humanitarian Security in Fragile Contexts, An Analysis of Transformational Factors Affecting Humanitarian Action in the Coming Decade, a report on the evolving landscape of humanitarian action.  It finds that humanitarian action has seen  massive changes resulting in a need for increase security for organizations working in conflict areas.  For example there are now many more parties involved, including governments, private sector entities, non-profits organizations, subcontractors, and non-state actors.  With all of these groups participating in humanitarian efforts, traditional humanitarian organizations have faced increased security risks due to perceived non-neutrality. As a result humanitarian groups are spending vital resources on security.  This trend has only been exacerbated by advances in military and social technology.  The report concludes that in order for traditional humanitarian organizations to continue to work in conflict areas they must work even harder to establish their neutrality and credibility in order to build relationships with actors who could potentially pose a threat.