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An overview of Lagoro IDP camp in Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 20 May 2007. Manoocher Deghati/IRIN
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Sarah Collinson
Sarah Collinson

Sarah Collinson

Research Associate, Humanitarian Policy Group

Sarah Collinson is a Research Associate of HPG. Her recent work has focused on the nature of the humanitarian system and the challenges of humanitarian action in difficult political and security environments, including the implications of stabilisation and risk management agendas, 'humanitarian space', and the political economy of livelihoods and displacement in crisis contexts. She has previously held senior research and policy positions at Chatham House and ActionAid.

Humanitarian flights
Humanitarian flights

In Sudan, humanitarian organisations heavily depend on UNHAS, partly funded by ECHO, to reach isolated places such as the conflict-ravaged Darfur region.
Credit: ©EU/ECHO/Daniel Dickinson
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Risky business: maintaining a presence in dangerous environments

Event - Public event - 8 November 2013 14:00 - 15:30 (GMT+00)
​As aid agencies move into increasingly complex and volatile environments, humanitarian organisations are struggling to strike a balance between ‘staying’ in insecure areas, and ‘staying safe’. Although attacks on aid workers are on the rise, the delivery of aid in war-torn countries continues to grow in reach and quantity, alongside the amount and array of organisations involved in aid delivery. Join HPG for the launch of Paradoxes of presence, risk management and aid culture in challenging environments.

Paradoxes of presence: Risk management and aid culture in challenging environments

Publication - Research reports and studies - 31 March 2013
Sarah Collinson and Mark Duffield with Carol Berger, Diana Felix da Costa and Karl Sandstrom
This publication reflects on the increasing presence of humanitarian agencies in insecure environments and risk management – and the fundamental tension between ‘staying’ and ‘staying safe’. It argues for efforts to broaden and deepen the risk agenda beyond the immediate preoccupations of ostensibly manageable security risks, but which encompasses attention to the host of interconnected challenges and hazards involved.

Humanitarian space: a review of trends and issues

Publication - Research reports and studies - 4 April 2012
Sarah Collinson and Samir Elhawary
This HPG Report reviews key trends and issues affecting humanitarian space over the last decade. It argues that the discourse of ‘shrinking’ humanitarian space, to which the solution is simply greater adherence to principles, is not borne out by the evidence.