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ODonnell, K. (2017) Unbreakable? Recognizing humanitarian stress and trauma - Link

Despite its ubiquitous presence, whether, in crisis zones such as Syria, Yemen or the Congo, or day-to-day existence in both the developing and industrialized worlds, trauma often remains largely unrecognized and untreated. It is the same in the humanitarian sector...

Brons, E. (2017) Duty of Care when travelling overseas, the devil is in the details - Link

de Freytas-Tamura, K. and Sengupta S. (2017) For 2 Experts Killed in Congo, U.N. Provided Little Training and No Protection - Link

Williamson, C. (2017) Duty of care starts with recruitment Devex - Link

The safety and security of humanitarian aid workers is arguably in greater jeopardy today than at any time in the history of the humanitarian endeavour. While our systems and practices have strengthened, the threat to the humanitarian worker has increased, particularly the local humanitarian...

Williamson, C. (2017) Informed consent in employment: An essential element of duty of care SaferEdge - Link

If you’ve been following the latest news on duty of care in recent months, you’ll have noticed a large number of articles and forums discussing how organisations can be sued for neglecting their responsibilities, or duty of care, towards the health and safety of their personnel...

Nobert, M & Williamson, C. (2017) Duty of Care: Protection of Humanitarian Aid Workers from Sexual Violence, Report the Abuse - Link

Duty of care is being increasingly discussed within the humanitarian community, and becoming an important area within risk management practice for organisation’s wishing to better address health, safety, and security issues for their staff. This is a welcomed move, with humanitarian action feeling progressively dangerous, and cases like Steve Dennis v. NRC underscoring the need to do better as a community...

Williamson, C. (2017) People Management. In Security to go: a risk management toolkit for humanitarian aid agencies. European Interagency Security Forum (EISF) - Link

Good people management could be described as getting the best results from an employee in a healthy and safe way. People are our most valuable resource and if we believe happy, secure and motivated employees are more likely to be engaged, committed and productive, it makes good business sense to support employees well and to provide them with a healthy and safe working environment...

Merkelbach, M. (2017). Voluntary Guidelines on the Duty of Care to Seconded Civilian Personnel. Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Stabilisation Unit (SU) and Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) - Link

The Voluntary Guidelines on the Duty of Care to Seconded Civilian Personnel harmonise an understanding of, approach to and implementation of duty of care. They are designed to serve as a basis for clarification and exchange between seconding and receiving organisations as well as with individual secondees...

Breslin, Scott (2017) Staff wellbeing is not enough - Link

Originally, Duty of care referred to an organization’s legal obligation to avoid acts or omissions likely to cause harm to staff or others. However, the discussion has moved on and the term now carries broader meaning. Today, duty of care denotes an organization’s responsibility for staff wellbeing, particularly in regard to physical and mental health at work....

Kemp, E. & Merkelbach, M. (2016). Duty of Care: A review of the Dennis v Norwegian Refugee Council ruling and its implications. European Interagency Security Forum (EISF) - Link

Hoppe, K & Williamson, C. (2016) Dennis v Norwegian Refugee Council: implications for duty of care Humanitarian Practice Network - Link

On 29 June 2012, Steve Dennis, an employee of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), was injured and kidnapped, along with three other colleagues, following an attack during a VIP visit to the IFO II refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. Four days later the hostages were set free during an armed rescue operation carried out by Kenyan authorities and local militia. Three years later, Dennis submitted a claim at the Oslo District Court against his former employer, the NRC, for compensation for economic and non-economic loss following the kidnapping. The Court concluded that the NRC acted with gross negligence in relation to this incident and found the NRC to be liable for compensation towards Dennis...

Ryan, S. (2016)The Duty to be Caring - Link

Presentation: Duty of Care: Working overseas in high-risk situations - BWB by Bates Wells Braithwaite (2015) - Link

Presentation: Managing duty of care guidance - BWB by Bates Wells Braithwaite (2015) - Link

Chavanne, M. (2012) Can you get sued in Switzerland? The rights and obligations of Swiss enterprises and organisations vis-à-vis their travelling and expatriate staff - Link

Kemp, E. and Merkelbach, M. (2011). Can you get sued?: Legal liability of international humanitarian aid organisations towards their staff. Security Management Initiative (SMI) - Link

Williamson, C. (2010) People Management & Security Humanitarian Practice Network - Link

The safety and security of humanitarian aid workers is arguably in greater jeopardy today than at any time in the history of the humanitarian endeavour. The environment has changed and it takes more than a set of technical skills and a friendly manner to be a successful humanitarian worker. Staff are no longer immune from acts of violence, if indeed they ever truly were, and acceptance strategies, so often adopted, are not always effective in some contexts...

Williamson, C. Colvin, G. & McDonald, A. (2008). Roots 12: Human Resource Management Guide (English), (French), (Spanish). Tearfund - Link

This book provides tools that development organisations can use to develop good human resource management. Many of the tools can be used to make improvements at low cost, with enormous benefits. Some of the tools help organisations to employ the right people, while others enable organisations to develop good systems. The combination of good people and good systems leads to an effective organisation – one that achieves its mission and purpose. Throughout the book are reflection questions which can be used by individuals or groups of staff to consider what action they might take.

de Guttry, A. Duty of Care of the EU and Its Member States towards Their Personnel Deployed in International Missions. Whitepaper - Link

In this article, the author examines the current interpretation of the "duty of care" and the obligation to protect life in the international legal system. He defines the precise obligations of the EU and its Member States at this regard, points out what has been done so far to implement them, and highlights the potential consequences of violating these obligations...