Community Security handbook
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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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)
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
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.