Additional Reports

Interim Report: Enabling access and quality aid in insecure environments (PDF)

Literature Review: Access and quality programming (PDF)

Background Briefs:


Securing Access: Maintaining Presence and Proximity in Insecure Settings (Podcast)

John Caccavale, Will Carter, Katherine Haver & Abby Stoddard     March 2016

Recurring violence against civilians and humanitarian aid workers affects both the quantity and quality of protection and assistance reaching the most vulnerable populations. It also requires a reassessment of how humanitarian professionals plan and strategically implement aid delivery in insecure environments. Global data indicate that there is a relatively small pool of international aid agencies that consistently work in the most dangerous countries, and not enough to meet demand. This results in significant gaps in assistance where it is needed most. In conversations with key experts and practitioners, this podcast will consider how to compensate for this gap and ensure continued presence and proximity in insecure environments.

What Works for Enabling Access? Three Emerging Findings

Katherine Haver     Oct 2015

The SAVE programme is gathering evidence on 'what works' for enabling access and aid quality in insecure environments. This is a first look at the preliminary findings. It highlights three important factors that help enable humanitarian access and delivering higher quality assistance in insecure settings. 


Notes from the Field: Community Perspectives on Aid in Difficult-To-Access Areas

Will Carter     Aug 2015

I would have probably been killed in this village of Panjwayi District (Kandahar Province) three years earlier, when I was posted with a humanitarian NGO to Kandahar.  Opposition commanders and informal sharia courts, amidst this main battlefield and IED-heavy area, would have been quick to apprehend me and my notebook, and probably worse.  Fortunately, times have changed.  Although the conflict smoulders in other parts of the province, we can drive to this village now without too much trouble, and spend time with communities.



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