Security at work

FMR 4
April 1999

This issue on security has a particular emphasis on the security of aid personnel. It also includes a number of responses – in the ‘Debate’ section – to Michael Barutciski’s article 'Tensions between the refugee concept and the IDP debate’ which was published in issue 3, and a range of short updates from around the world.

Contents

Randolph Martin

In an environment of increased exposure, deterioration in the rules of war and loss of perceived neutrality, the community of NGOs operating in complex emergencies is facing significantly increased risks to staff safety and security.

Koenraad Van Brabant

In recent years, concern for the security of aid personnel working in violent environments has grown rapidly.

Sue Dwyer

Until recently I have thought of security in terms of guards, radios, grilled windows and doors, close coordination with other international NGOs and a strong organisational security policy. This was until I attended the InterAction/OFDA security training course in London in September of 1998.

Philippe Dind

In the course of the last 20 years the number of ICRC expatriate staff working in the field and the number of operations conducted by the organisation have increased tenfold; the number of locally hired staff has risen in about the same proportion. Moreover, the ICRC's modus operandi has also evolved. As ICRC delegates' activities take them closer to the fighting than before, their working conditions have become more hazardous.

Luis Enrique Eguren

The deployment of international observers can be an effective deterrent of human rights violations against displaced people and those working with them. This article discusses the role of organisations such as Peace Brigades International in providing international human rights protection.

Simon Harris

It argues that IDPs do not constitute a homogenous group and that relief agencies need to improve their analysis of the composition of internally displaced constituencies in order to plan appropriate interventions which account for, and respect, the issue of difference.

Marc Sommers

This article explores the different labels under which refugees in Dar es Salaam may be categorised. It identifies and profiles different groups of urban refugee in Dar es Salaam and considers some common assumptions about urban refugees.

John Horgan

Development-induced displacement represents one of the major challenges to international organisations and NGOs working with displaced people today. This article critically examines Dr Michael Cernea’s eight-stage model of the processes involved, which lead to the impoverishment of those displaced.

Nona Zicherman

Conflict and massive population movements in Burundi have resulted in dramatic increases in rape and other forms of sexual violence.

General articles

Bonaventure Rutinwa, Michael Kingsley-Nyinah, Jon Bennett, Marc Vincent and Michael Barutciski

In this Debate section, we publish four responses to Michael Barutciski’s article on ‘Tensions between the refugee concept and the IDP debate’ from issue 3 of Forced Migration Review.

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