A court in Oslo has found the Norwegian Refugee Council guilty of gross negligence after failing in its duty of care after four of its staff members were kidnapped in Kenya in 2012; a case which has significant implications for security in the aid industry. BWB's Louise Rea gave her expert legal opinion on the ruling, voicing her concerns regarding the implications this case will have for aid organisations.
Louise commented that the case may create a lot of "financial and reputational implications" for aid industry organisations. She highlighted that there has been a particular focus on the aftercare offered to staff affected by trauma. "Courts recognise that it’s difficult to make decisions in a crisis," she said, "but they have less sympathy when it comes to inadequate support systems after an incident, when the organisation is under less pressure." A number of organisations have approached BWB to review their existing procedures and discuss if there is anything else which they should be doing.
Posted on 26/11/2015 in BWB In The MediaBack to Knowledge