Launch of OCHA study 'To Stay and Deliver'
OCHA today launched the report entitled 'To Stay and Deliver'. The study, undertaken by OCHA, captures the best practices that have enabled aid organisations to work in high-risk areas, maintain operations, and provide protection and life-saving assistance to people in need.
Over the past decade, violent attacks against humanitarian workers tripled, reaching over 100 deaths per year, mostly in a few conflict areas where violence has increased significantly. This includes countries such as Afghanistan, Somalia and Sudan. Recent attacks against aid workers in Afghanistan and Côte d’Ivoire have again highlighted this troubling trend.
“Today, humanitarian workers are in some of the most volatile and insecure environments in the world. Even as they come under increasing attack, they find ways to continue delivering life-saving services to populations in need,” said Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos at today’s launch event in New York.
In the face of mounting insecurity, humanitarian workers have struggled to find ways to reach people in need. The report highlights that core humanitarian principles – humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence – do matter and explains how humanitarian aid workers manage risk within the United Nations’ security management framework, which has evolved from “when to leave” to “how to stay”.
In today’s increasingly volatile operating environments, building and maintaining the acceptance of local residents in insecure areas is essential to managing risks. Gaining this acceptance is a process, requiring continuous dialogue with all stakeholders.
Today’s launch event also included a panel discussion with Jan Egeland, former Emergency Relief Coordinator; Gregory B. Starr, Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security; Kevin Kennedy, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, MINUSTAH, Haiti; and Nic Lee, Director of the Afghanistan NGO Safety Office.