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Culture of Care

Duty of Care refers to the obligation of humanitarian organizations to their humanitarian workers and volunteers. They must do everything in their power to maintain the well-being, security, and safety of humanitarians when they are supplying aid and offering the much-needed help in vulnerable locations. A Culture of Care is needed.

In other words, Duty of Care is a legal obligation which is imposed on an individual requiring adherence to a standard of reasonable care while performing any acts that could foreseeably harm others. Breaching a Duty of Care may make you subject to liability. That is what makes it extremely important. Therefore it is important to have a look at the Culture of Care.

Culture of Care

Not every organization has a full Duty of Care program even though it is important to monitor travelers. The problem in some cases is that there is a culture problem. Sometimes the management does not see the benefits of a Duty of Care program, or they see it as a financial issue.

The culture of caring for aid workers should be incorporated in every humanitarian organization. All organizations must understand that there is an obligation for Duty of Care. Most organizations are aware of the Duty of Care and take their caring role seriously. However, awareness and understanding are not enough.

Change Of Culture Is An Attitude

In some organizations, this means a change of mindset through all levels of the organization. To achieve that, people working in and for an organization have to be open-minded and proactive. Commitment to change benefits everyone in the organization. Therefore, it is advisble to train staff and make sure that they are capable of handling the risks and have the tools required to deal with them. Also, you need to ensure that your own staff is aware of their limitations. Any change of the culture requires action, and therefore there needs to be a proactive attitude to change that culture. Caring should be a competence displayed by all people in the organization, not just management.

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We believe our world is a better place when compassion can travel where it is needed most. There are countless projects which tried and succeeded in eradicating humanitarian issues. These projects resulted in commemorative days about global events in which we think about the achievements. Please watch the video for more information about Duty of Care.