Humanitarian action and private security companies

Opening the Debate

Summary:

Where as there has been considerable debate about the relationship between aid agencies and the military in re g a rd to security management, little attention has been given to the increasing connections with the commercial sector in the form of private security companies. This report argues that it is time to take up this debate. It represents a preliminary attempt to assess the use of private security companies by aid agencies and to raise a number of the key issues. At this stage, definitive conclusions and recommendation would be pre m a t u re on what is a relatively new issue. The aim of the report is merely to open the debate.