What development professionals need to know about 'duty of care'

Samer, a Norwegian Refugee Council aid worker, speaks to a group of Syrian refugees. What do the words “duty of care” mean today, and what should you be asking your employer? Photo by: Sam Tarling / Norwegian Refugee Council / CC BY-ND

Talk of aid organizations’ duty of care toward their staff resurfaced when aid worker Steve Dennis sued former employer Norwegian Refugee Council for gross negligence — and eventually won.

Lawsuits against international aid organizations are nothing new. Take the case of former American aid worker Flavia Wagner, who was kidnapped in the Darfur region in 2010. She filed a case against her then employer, Samaritan’s Purse, for failing to provide adequate security.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.