Recent & Ongoing Projects
Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD)
The Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD) is a comprehensive global information source of major attacks against civilian aid operations.
Secure Access in Volatile Environments (SAVE)
The Secure Access in Volatile Environments (SAVE) programme studied how to deliver humanitarian aid in some of the most challenging conflict environments
Coverage, Operational Resources and Effectiveness (CORE)
Humanitarian Outcomes' research initiative to measure the size and operational reach of the humanitarian sector.
NGOs and Risk
A study of how the major humanitarian NGOs perceive, define and manage risks to their organizations and within their partnerships.
To Stay and Deliver II
A follow-on study to Stay and Deliver, a system-wide review of challenges and good practice for humanitarians in complex security environments.
Humanitarian Outcomes pioneered much of the research on humanitarian operational security. This work is underpinned by the ongoing monitoring and statistical analysis of operational security indicators through the Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD) project. Our research includes measuring the impacts of insecurity on humanitarian access, approaches to risk management, programme criticality, remote management and the financing of security.
Performance, Reform and Financing
Humanitarian Outcomes research and consultations contribute to performance assessment of the international humanitarian system and its ongoing process of reform. Key products of this work have been the State of the Humanitarian System reports (2010, 2012 and 2015), authored by Humanitarian Outcomes partners and produced by ALNAP. Other studies include multiple evaluations of the Country-based Pooled Funds (formerly Common Humanitarian Funds) and reviews of the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), as well as reviews of donors’ financing and reporting requirements to support greater efficiencies in humanitarian partnerships.