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The data behind #NotATarget: how humanitarian advocacy professionals can use security incident information to advocate for change

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The data behind #NotATarget: how humanitarian advocacy professionals can use security incident information to advocate for change

Time: February 21, 2018 at 1pm to March 30, 2018 at 4pm
Location: Online
Event Type: webinar/training
Organized By: Sharene Wakefield
Latest Activity: Jan 25

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Event Description

We are all familiar with the #NotATarget movement championed by Médecins Sans Frontières, the UN and others. This is one of a number of advocacy efforts aimed at raising awareness about the challenges that many aid organisations face in securing the safe passage and delivery of aid to civilians in need.

Security-related incidents put the lives of aid workers and aid recipients at risk in addition to disrupting the flow of assistance to disaster-affected populations. NGOs have made great progress in developing security incident information management systems to respond to ever-changing security contexts. However, security incident information collected for security and programming purposes is not always shared with humanitarian advocacy staff or pooled with other organisations to serve as a basis for a collective advocacy strategy.

Analysing trends in security incident information does not only support the identification of the risks faced by aid workers but can also serve to better understand the contexts in which NGOs operate and the realities faced by local populations. E.g, trend analysis of data collected on aid workers who have died as a result of explosive weapons has shown a recent increase in the use of these weapons. This evidences a concerning reality, one which impacts local populations and aid workers alike. This data, although collected primarily for the purposes of monitoring aid worker security, is now being used to support the campaign to prohibit the use of explosive weapons in populated areas (EWIPA).

The scale of insecurity for humanitarian action can unfortunately remain hidden if the role that advocacy can and should play in the collection, analysis and use of security incident data is not recognised. Each incident is dealt with in silence and, in most cases, with perpetrators rarely brought to justice. There are opportunities for humanitarian advocacy professionals to use security incident information collected by organisations to develop organisational, as well as sector-wide, advocacy strategies to address complex concerns.This training focuses on how to use documented evidence of violence against aid workers or incidents that affect the delivery of aid in order to support broader advocacy efforts, such as the #NotATarget movement and the EWIPA campaign, to improve the protection of aid workers and local populations. It will discuss how advocacy professionals can influence the type of security incident data collected and pooled across organisations, and how to analyse and use this data at a strategic level to identify and support humanitarian advocacy strategies.

Aim of the training:

To provide participants with the understanding and tools needed to effectively use security incident information to strengthen their organisation’s humanitarian advocacy efforts.

Who is this training for?

Most suitable for humanitarian advocacy professionals, particularly those working within a humanitarian organisation.


Training will run twice,  live webinars on:
21 February 1- 4pm GMT
30 March 1- 4pm GMT

Please see the Eventbrite page for more information on course objectives and the application process. 
This training is part of a series of trainings for non security staff. 

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