Guaranteeing safety: an analysis of security strategies for INGOs in South Sudan
For a humanitarian aid workers, in 2018 South Sudan has been one of the most dangerous countries to work in. Most aid organizations have been active in the region since the days the country was still part of Sudan, but over the last couple of years the violence has increased. This research focuses on the security strategies as employed by humanitarian aid organizations and which strategy/ies is/are best to counter the increasing security risks in the country. Qualitative research, including semi-structured interviews and literature research, has been conducted with the help of four INGOs, situated both in the Netherlands and in South Sudan. The research shows that given the experiences of the four organizations that have been analyzed, the most effective security strategy for INGOs is mainly based on acceptance of the local community. Good local acceptance strategies can lead to less need for protective and deterrent strategies that diminish productivity.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen