These reflections may be at odds with how the professionalisation of security has given
rise to a separate set of security concerns and actors, or, in other words, how the
issue of humanitarian security has largely been addressed as an isolated and distinct
issue. But what all the contributions to the issue demonstrate is that humanitarian
security is not and cannot ever be tackled separately from broader humanitarian
Another feature of many discourses on humanitarian security is that
imperatives of the New
Public Management. And NGOs used these reforms to accelerate the professionalisation of the aid
sector ( Fiori et al ., 2016 ).
But at the turn of the millennium, there were indications of a downturn in the influence of
humanitarian ideas on Western geostrategy. The strategic value of humanitarian intervention
diminished as the US launched its totalising war on terror. Humanitarianism was little more than
an afterthought to the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Since then, despite the continued rise in donations to
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125–6; Taithe, 2016 : 43–7).
However, it is over the past thirty years that these concerns have been addressed by
increasingly professionalised approaches ( Gentile, 2011 ; Neuman, 2016a :
26-28; Stoddard et al. ,
2006 : 21–35). The expansion and professionalisation of efforts to
protect the local civilian population in contexts of armed conflict is evident in
the range of policy statements, handbooks and guidelines ( Global Protection
with decision-makers and influencers to secure incremental outcomes.
Advocacy also represents a professionalisation of activism, manifest in the
emergence of a new broker class to represent the interests of third parties –
advocacy is largely done on behalf of someone, whereas activists often tend to have
a material stake in the issue ( de Waal,
2015 : 23).
Humanitarian advocacy can be defined as a process or a series of actions aimed at
extensive and the ongoing damage to its moral
reputation profound. We have stark reality contrasted with idealistic vision. Humanitarians need
the hope – how else would they get up and go to work? – but they experience the
reality, too. Why has this dissonance not broken humanitarianism apart? For a variety of
familiar reasons. One is institutional inertia – there are a lot of organisations and
individual careers riding on the continuation of the humanitarian project. A second is
professionalisation, the careers people have built as humanitarian
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changing the architectural
footprint of aid installations – the ‘bunkerisation’ of aid
compounds and operations, evidenced by high walls, razor wire and armed guards
( Duffield, 2012 ; Neuman and Weissman, 2016 ; Weigand and Andersson, 2019 ).
Securitisation is also evident in the professionalisation and privatisation of
security staff in the aid sector ( Chisholm,
2017 ; Beerli and Weissman,
2016 ). The sociopolitical and economic drivers that might
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