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: 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

Reference: World Game Document One

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167 Page PDF

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Apr 17

Handbook: How to Negotiate a Ceasefire

Kristan Wheaton posted the below to his blog yesterday:

Thursday, March 31, 2011

How To Negotiate A Ceasefire (HDCentre.org)

The Centre For Humanitarian Dialogue, located in Geneva, Switzerland, has done a really good job of pulling together a concise monograph called “Negotiating Ceasefires”.

Only 44 pages from start to finish (including endnotes and a comprehensive list of suggested additional readings), this guidebook is filled with practical advice, concise case studies and quotes from practitioners about the risks and rewards inherent in negotiating a ceasefire.

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Apr 1

Search: Handbook First Earth Battalion Field Manual

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This Handbook entry is inspired by the search <first earth battalion operations manual>.  We really appreciate searches of this nature, as they cause us to add entries that *should* be here.  Thank you for the search.

First Earth Battalion Home (Current!)

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First Earth Battalion Field Manual Free (Display & PDF for Print or Download)

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Aug 9

Handbook: Preventing Corruption in Humanitarian Operations–A Handbook of Good Practices

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Based on five years of investigation in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami.  The bottom line from our point of view is three-fold:

1.  All money collected for an ostensible campaign must be “tagged” and audited and pooled so that the US military among others can draw down on the common fund and cover all costs associated with US military mobilization and continuing Stabilization & Reconstruction Operations.

2.  We need a Stabilization & Reconstruction Intelligence Support Plan that includes Peace Jumpers and immediate air breathing wide area surveillance upon which to build a bottom-up needs assessment and Reverse TIPFID.  Push the information perimeter all the way out to pre-loading approval contingent on having a big air docking space and small air or land or sea intermediate delivery channels.

3.  We finally need to get serious about “preaceful preventive measures” as called for by General Al Gray, USMC, then Commandant of the Marine Corps, in his seminal article “Global Intelligence Challenges for the 1990’s,” American Intelligence Journal (Winter 1989-1990).  His staff assistant for that piece was Robert Steele.  We need a Whole of Government and Multinational Engagement information sharing and sense-making hub and spoke network built around the US defense open source intelligence program.  IOHO.

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Feb 2

Handbook: New Tactics in Human Rights

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Jan 25

Handbook: US Army Interagency Teaming to Counter Irregular Threats

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Dec 31

Handbook: UN Peacekeeping Operations

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Capstone document,  53 pages, entry point for everything else.

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Dec 29