Most mainstream discourses on humanitariansecurity would not consider the community
engagement of a team of anthropologists in three West African countries during the Ebola
epidemic of 2014–16 as directly related to security – and their article in
this special issue on ‘Security and Protection’ hardly touches on security
as its own topic. Instead, it provides a detailed account of the need for a thorough
understanding of social relationships when defining, and thus securing, humanitarian
Uses and Misuses of International Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian
( 2016 ), Saving Lives and Staying Alive: HumanitarianSecurity in the Age of Risk Management
( London : Hurst and
( 2001 ), ‘Remarks to the National Foreign
Policy Conference for Leaders of
Staff Security and Civilian Protection in the Humanitarian
ensuring safe and continued programming and
access, this became known as the ‘bible’ of humanitariansecurity, and
an updated version was published in 2010 ( Humanitarian Practice Network, 2010 ). Several more policy guidelines,
manuals and documents focused on staff or staff and agency security have been
published at the sector level over the past fifteen years ( DG ECHO, 2006 ; Egeland
et al. , 2011 ; EISF, 2018 ; IASC, 2015 ; InterAction, 2015 ).
Efforts to keep
After three special issues of the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs – on humanitarianism and the end of liberal order, humanitariansecurity and humanitarian innovation – the first regular issue includes a range of articles touching on questions that at the time of writing are largely off the radar of global public attention. When the journal’s editorial board compiled the contributions to this issue, it could not have foreseen the first pandemic of the twenty-first century: Covid-19.
The same eyes that now frantically pore over graphs showing the evolution
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Risk Management ( London :
Hurst and Co , pp.
127 – 43 ).
( 2013 ), Rançons. Enquête sur le business
des otages ( Paris :
The Law and Politics of Responding to Attacks against Aid Workers
Julia Brooks and Rob Grace
donors will hold them accountable.’
Thus, while many practitioners see the value in speaking out for the protection of civilians and, to an increasing extent, humanitarian actors, a wide range of internal and inter-organisational factors can stymie humanitarian organisations’ ability to use public advocacy as an effective means to alter the humanitariansecurity dynamics at play in the field environment. Given the limitations and frustrations surrounding both legal accountability and public advocacy, as this and the previous section have discussed, humanitarian
(European Interagency Security Forum)
network to set up the crisis-management trainings for all the heads of mission.
We held several crisis-management trainings in the Sahel, Turkey, Thailand and
Kenya. Most MdM heads of mission completed the training between 2013 and
Task Four: Simplifying the Security Tools
The EISF network and the humanitariansecurity literature it curates also helped
Interpreting Violence on Healthcare in the Early Stage of the South
Sudanese Civil War
Xavier Crombé and Joanna Kuper
(accessed 25 July 2018) .
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The Meaning of Measuring ’, in Neuman ,
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