HANDBOOK: Community Security

Community Security handbook

Summary

Security is a universal entitlement and a core part of human well-being. Where people cannot enjoy security, poverty and injustice are prevalent in other forms. Many major reports and policy initiatives in recent years have not only built strong evidence to underpin these claims, but they have also affirmed the need to foster a concept of security which puts people at its centre. When Saferworld has consulted people on what security means to them in different countries, the answer is always unique and specific to the context.

With this in mind, Saferworld has developed an approach that explains the principles underpinning Community Security interventions, and suggests practical implementation strategies that draw on our work and the work of a select number of agencies. The handbook is aimed at both policy makers and practitioners – particularly programme managers – and intends to help them work through the steps involved in planning, implementing, evaluating and improving Community Security interventions. It sets out the objectives of Saferworld’s Community Security work, explains why we see it as important, and draws together a significant body of learning and experience that ties together the theory and practice behind interconnected peace, conflict, security and development interventions.

PDF (52 Pages): Community Security Handbook

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May 16

Handbook: Policing the Context – Principles and guidance to inform international policing assistance

Categories: Law Enforcement
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PDF  (56 Pages): Policing the Context March 2014

Stabilization Unit, What Works Series

This paper aims to enhance the impact of UK support to policing assistance programmes. Different contexts demonstrate diverse demands, which require different solutions. This paper seeks to ensure that UK assistance to policing is always:
 Based on common principles and international standards.
 Responsive to the local context.
 Informed by, and informs, the UK’s political strategies and priorities.
 Clear in its intended strategic impact and outcomes.
 Grounded in an empirical understanding of what works in order to generate value for money.
 Developed and managed effectively and efficiently.

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Apr 25

Handbook: United Nations Inter-Agency Multi Cluster/Sector Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) Approach

Categories: UN/NGO
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HANDBOOK PDF (45 Pages): 
UN Handbook Multi Cluster Initial Rapid Assessement (MIRA) 2011

See Also:
Rapid Disaster Damage Assessments: Reality Check

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Feb 12

Nik Peachey: Verification Handbook

Categories: OSINT Generic
Nik Peachey

Nik Peachey

Although this was written for journalists, I think it has some really valuable insights for educators and students when it comes to verifying the authenticity of information. Excellent stuff. A MUST read.

Authored by leading journalists from the BBC, Storyful, ABC, Digital First Media and other verification experts, the Verification Handbook is a groundbreaking new resource for journalists and aid providers. It provides the tools, techniques and step-by-step guidelines for how to deal with user-generated content (UGC) during emergencies.

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HANDBOOK HOME PAGE

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Feb 5

Ben Benavides: Exploring Social Media Web Sites: A Guide for the Open Source Analyst

Categories: OSINT Generic
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PDF (32 Pages): Ben Benavides Social Web Sites A Guide

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Jan 17

HANDBOOK: The Do No Harm Handbook (The Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Assistance on Conflict)

Categories: Stabilization
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Phi Beta Iota:  An extremely important document, last revised in 2004 but timeless in value.  What most people do not realize about aid is that:

a) most aid is delivered without actually asking the people what they need or want

b) most aid organizations deliver less than 20% of donations to the field, in many cases less than 5%

c) aid generally creates black markets and incentives corruption — it prolongs conflicts to keep the aid coming for criminal exploitation purposes

d) there is no vehicle at this time for harmonizing micro-aid to the household and village levels and that appears to be the most urgent need

e) aid to one tribe can be destabilizing if other tribes feel slighted — there are cultural nuances that most national intelligence establishments simply do not understand.

Handbook at Source (25 Pages)

2004 DoNoHarmHandbook (PBI Safety Copy, 25 Pages)

See Also:

Review: Dead Aid–Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa

Review: Deliver Us from Evil: Peacekeepers, Warlords and a World of Endless Conflict

Review: First Do No Harm–Humanitarian Intervention and the Destruction of Yugoslavia

Review: The Trouble with Africa–Why Foreign Aid Isn’t Working

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Jul 2

HANDBOOK FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE

This handbook was created to address the principle challenge for good governance — waste — and the stink that accompanies waste.  The solutions in this handbook will, in our view, scale.

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Jun 29

2014 Ben Benavides OSINT 2ool Kit On The Go Bag (Bag O’Tradecraft)

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2014 Version Now Posted — May 2014

Ben Benavides is one of a handful of master OSINT trainers, along with Ran Hock and Arno Reuser.

PDF (236 Pages): 2014 OSINT 2ool Kit On The Go (Bag O’ Tradecraft)

See Past Versions Below the Line.

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Sep 13

Reference: Data Journalism Handbook

Data Journalism Handbook

The Data Journalism Handbook is a free open source reference book for anyone interested in the emerging field of data journalism.

It was born at a 48 hour workshop at MozFest 2011 in London. It subsequently spilled over into an international, collaborative effort involving dozens of data journalism’s leading advocates and best practitioners – including from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, the Chicago Tribune, Deutsche Welle, the Guardian, the Financial Times, Helsingin Sanomat, La Nacion, the New York Times, ProPublica, the Washington Post, the Texas Tribune, Verdens Gang, Wales Online, Zeit Online and many others.

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Jul 24

Reference: The Open Data Handbook

The Open Data Handbook

This handbook introduces you to the legal, social and technical aspects of open data. It can be used by anyone but is especially useful for those working with government data. It discusses the why, what and how of open data – why to go open, what open is, and the how to do open.

An Open Knowledge Foundation project.

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Jul 24