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Human Security Survey

The Human Security Survey (HSS) is a survey methodology developed by PAX’s Protection of Civilians department to expand civilians’ voice and agency on protection issues. The HSS is currently implemented in Iraq and South Sudan.

About the Human Security Survey

Through the Human Security Survey, civilians who are living in conflict have greater voice and agency on the protection issues that affect them personally. Using the data from the HSS, security policies and their implementations will be better tailored to local needs, priorities and capacities. To achieve this goal, PAX and its partners conduct large-scale quantitative research in conflict areas.

The HSS covers a wide range of topics, including the nature of security threats facing civilians, the impact of these experiences on their daily lives and civilians’ expectations for the future. We then bring the research findings back to local communities to create opportunities for dialogue about civilian security priorities with key authorities from local government, security forces, religious and social institutions, local armed groups and civil society.

At the international level, the HSS is used to influence the policy making efforts of diplomats and troop contributors active in these environments by providing first-hand information about the realities of conflict-affected populations. By continuing the survey over multiple years, PAX and its partners track trends and work towards more sustainable change. The survey itself is therefore best seen as a means to an end, with the ultimate aim to facilitate more effective protection of civilians.

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Human Security Survey

We developed the Human Security Survey (HSS) to expand the voice of civilians and their agency about protection issues. Using the data gathered with the HSS, security policies and their implementations will be better tailored to local needs.

Human Security Survey in Iraq
In Iraq, every year our partners interview at least 650 civilians per governorate to gather deeper insights into their protection needs. Using these findings, we engage communities and authorities in dialogue about how to make security strategies more civilian-centered. The HSS is implemented in four governorates in Iraq with three partners.

Human Security Survey in South Sudan
The Human Security Survey is implemented in five states in South Sudan, together with two local partners. Data is collected both through one-on-one interviews and constructive dialogue between civilians and authorities. Local community security committees follow up on key recommendations.

Human Security Survey in Iraq

Human Security Survey in South Sudan

report 21 December 2019

HSS 2019: Gender security dynamics in Salahaddin, Iraq (Arabic)

In August 2019, PAX and its local partner, the Iraqi Al-Amal Association, conducted the third round of the Human Security Survey (HSS) across all eight districts of Salahaddin governorate to get a sense of the experiences of civilian populations with issues of insecurity and conflict.

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