Security Facts for Humanitarian Aid Agencies - Shifting patterns in security incidents affecting humanitarian aid workers and agencies: An analysis of fifteen years of data (1996-2010)

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Christina Wille & Larissa Fast

Are more employees of international non-governmental organisations (INGO) than international staff members of UN agencies and the Red Cross Movement victims of violence? Have the UN and Red Cross organisations shifted the burden of working in highly insecure places to INGOs? Have INGOs transferred the risk of frontline delivery to their national staff? Has this process affected men and women in the same way? Does the evidence support this commonly held view of a cascading effect of ‘risk transfer’, or does it point to additional explanations? This fact sheet for humanitarian agencies summarises the key findings from a more detailed report on the shifting patterns of security incidents affecting humanitarian agencies between 1996 and 2010.