Remote Programming

In insecure or ‘limited access’ environments, humanitarian assistance may have to be supported and monitored from a distance. Limited access programming is very dependent on trust – in partners, communities and other actors. If there is little or no trust, programming will not be possible


Oxfam Guidelines for M&E in limited access programme

Minimum Requirements

  • The decision to do remote programming must be based on a principle of Do No Harm and the security of partners and the community is paramount
  • At the start of the project, a risk analysis must be carried out. Three types of risks are analysed:
    1. How the project could affect the context and people’s safety;
    2. How the context could affect the project and;
    3. How the project or the context could pose a risk for partner staff on the ground.
  • Access must be negotiated and based on the humanitarian principles of neutrality and impartiality
  • Use a range of mechanisms to monitor and evaluate the performance of local partners based on the minimum useful information requirements.
  • Keep indicators simple and ensure they are understood by partners and communities