HANDBOOK: Community Security

Law Enforcement, Stabilization, Threats/Topical, UN/NGO

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

Recommended by Berto Jongman

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

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.

Nik Peachey: Verification Handbook

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

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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