The challenges of managing Somalia aid operations from afar

Oxfam aid for Somalia is loaded up. Protracted conflict in Somalia has led many humanitarian organizations to manage aid operations in the country from more secure locations, such as Nairobi. But despite ensuring aid continuity, remote management mechanisms are fraught with challenges and complexities. Photo by: Alun McDonald / Oxfam /CC BY

As attacks against aid workers continue to rise in some of the world’s most unstable environments — 2013 claimed the lives of more humanitarians than ever recorded — international development agencies have gradually been changing the way they work.

In Somalia, al-Shabab’s relentless targeting of aid professionals have caused organizations to increasingly rely on remote programming arrangements as a solution to continue providing relief while getting part of their staff out of harm’s way.

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    Manola De Vos

    Manola De Vos is a development analyst for Devex. Based in Manila, she contributes to the Development Insider and Money Matters newsletters. Prior to joining Devex, Manola worked in conflict analysis and political affairs for the United Nations, International Crisis Group and the European Union.