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Saferworld’s Community Security Approach

September 14, 2020

Saferworld’s Community Security Approach–An example of continuous, context-specific protection analysis based on community perspectives on safety Saferworld is an international NGO that implements community security programming globally–see their handbook here. While they use slightly different terms (e.g. “community security”), their approach is very much in line with Key Element #1 …

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Protection’s Missing Pieces

February 19, 2020

Humanitarians know that coordinated humanitarian response is like an enormous jigsaw puzzle – or, when resources are scarce, a high-risk game of Jenga. Ensuring that the right actors, sectors, and context-appropriate strategies are working in concert with one another to save lives, and alleviate human suffering on a massive scale, …

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Resource: Tips to Adaptively Manage in Dynamic Contexts

August 23, 2018

In previous , we have examined how collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) can help translate a results-based orientation into practice through iterative reflection, learning, and relationship-building. (See here, here, and here for previous examples.) This note from USAID collects a few tips targeted at those funding and managing projects/partnerships …

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Report: Making Operational Decisions in Humanitarian Response: A Literature Review

May 31, 2018

During a crisis, humanitarian leaders must make a range of decisions while grappling with different types of information (at varying degrees of “completeness”), challenging timelines with life-saving implications, and often a large degree of risk and uncertainty.  Effective decision-making which fosters adaptability and creative problem-solving in operational humanitarian response has …

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Tool: Facilitating Intentional Group Learning: A Practical Guide to 21 Activities

March 23, 2018

To develop an organizational culture that supports iterative reflection and learning, individuals need opportunities to share data, insights, and experiences with others. The way that learning and reflection sessions are designed and implemented can enable or inhibit the meaningful sharing of ideas and collective problem-solving. From quick informal 20-minute activities …

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