Safety and Security for National Humanitarian Aid Workers (Annex I to

To Stay and Deliver - Good Practice for Humanitarians in Complex Security Environments)

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National aid workers constitute the majority of aid staff in the field — upwards of 90 per cent for most international NGOs — and undertake the bulk of the work in assisting people in need. Although the statistics show that international (expatriate) aid workers have a higher per capita rate as victims of violent attacks, national staffers, because of their higher numbers and greater exposure in frontline field positions, comprise the vast majority of victims every year. Despite overall improvements in aid agencies’ security risk management, national aid workers perceive continued inequities in security support compared with their international counterparts. This Report highlights the issue of national staff's specific needs in terms of operational security, expanding on the findings of the recent study To Stay and Deliver: Good Practice for Humanitarians in Complex Security Environments.


UN/Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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