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What is the humanitarian need?

Deterioration in security has led increasing numbers of humanitarian agencies to adopt systems of remote management allowing humanitarian assistance to civilian populations, whilst removing portions of their staff from harm’s way.

It is important to ensure effective project monitoring, quality management, and beneficiary accountability systems for projects that are implemented in insecure environments and which rely on systems of remote management.

What is the innovative solution?

The development of a practical remote management option for effective project monitoring.

Engaging humanitarian actors from a variety of international non-government organisations, donor agencies, and research institutions (operating both within Afghanistan as well as in complex political emergencies in other parts of the world) the research and remote monitoring options that are developed will be shared more widely in the international humanitarian community, so as to utilise this significant learning.

What are the expected outcomes?

  • Significant previous learning researched and documented regarding the practices of monitoring and quality management in situations of acute insecurity, where humanitarian projects are managed remotely.
  • Approaches to assuring beneficiary accountability in situations of remote management critically analysed, with lessons learned drawn out and shared amongst the wider humanitarian community.
  • Participatory, demand-led approach to research and development of remote-monitoring and beneficiary accountability good practice, with significant focus on peer review and consultation.

Latest Updates

Remotely-managed humanitarian and development projects, in insecure locations

06 Sept 2011

Bryony Norman, Project Coordinator, looks back at the first few weeks of the project.


Sharing remote monitoring experiences - interviews complete!

24 Oct 2011

The team have successfully interview 32 different humanitarian and/or development actors.


Final blog from Tearfund: the first HIF project to complete!

03 Apr 2012

One of the key recommendations arising from this project is that remote management cannot be considered as an ‘add-on’ to standard programming structures.


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