Study of the Impact of Donor Counter‑Terrorism Measures on Principled Humanitarian Action

NRC and OCHA|Published 15. Jul 2013
A growing body of counter-terrorism legislation is having a direct impact on humanitarian action, restricting funding, stalling project implementation, and resulting in an increased climate of self-censorship by aid workers.

This report assesses the consequences of counter-terrorism policies epitomized by the Patriot Act introduced in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the USA in 2001. Undertaken by two independent researchers, the report focuses on case studies in Somalia and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.