‘Safeguarding’ as humanitarian buzzword: an initial scoping

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora (2019) ‘Safeguarding’ as humanitarian buzzword: an initial scoping, Journal of International Humanitarian Action 4(1): 3–.

​Suddenly, talk of ‘safeguarding’ and a sector-wide ‘safeguarding crisis’ seems to be everywhere. Grappling with the scope and content of ‘safeguarding’ as a parameter of humanitarian practice, this commentary asks questions about the framing of safeguarding as a buzzword: about what buzzwords do, whether safeguarding is a global buzzword, whether it is a reframing of old concerns and historical accountability efforts, what is new about it—and finally, what kind of reflections and responses this newness should engender.

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