Final Report | What It Takes: Principled Pragmatism to Enable Access and Quality Humanitarian Aid in Insecure Environments

Haver, K. and Carter, W.
Publication language
Date published
01 Nov 2016
Research, reports and studies
Conflict, violence & peace, Access and Negotiation, Working in conflict setting
Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria
Global Public Policy Institute (GPPI)

This study seeks to determine ‘what works’ when trying to enable access and deliver quality humanitarian assistance to people caught up in war zones. It is part of the Secure Access in Volatile Environments (SAVE) research programme, conducted from 2013 to 2016. Based on fieldwork in four of the most dangerous aid settings during this time (Afghanistan, South Central Somalia, South Sudan and Syria), SAVE explored how to deliver effective humanitarian responses amid high levels of insecurity. 

The present study aims to answer two questions:

  1. What works best to enable access in the most insecure environments?
  2. What works best to deliver quality aid in situations of reduced oversight and control?