The Aid Worker Security Database

The Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD) records major incidents of violence against aid workers, with incident reports from 1997 through the present. Initiated in 2005, to date the AWSD remains the single most comprehensive global source of this data, providing a much-needed quantitative evidence base for analysis of the changing security environment for civilian aid operations. For more detail on the AWSD click here.

Statistics provided by the AWSD formed the basis of a major study released in September 2006 by the Humanitarian Policy Group, of the Overseas Development Institute and the Center on International Cooperation at New York University as well as briefing papers and data updates in 2006, 2009, and 2011. For a list of all publications click here.

AWSD figures and related analyses have been extensively cited in reports and official statements by the United Nations, non-governmental organisations, governments, and a wide range of media outlets. In April 2011, To Stay and Deliver, a report prepared for OCHA by members of the AWSD team, received extensive media coverage. Citations can be found here.

Due to the level of demand for this information by aid practitioners, policy makers, academics, and the public the AWSD has been made available in an online format and may be freely accessed here:

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Please note that any use of AWSD data and analysis should include a full reference as follows: "Humanitarian Outcomes (year), Aid Worker Security Database