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5.6. Travelling Safe

Planning, monitoring and evaluation visits in the development cooperation projects will be to countries, where civil and natural conditions might differ significantly from the familiar domestic ones. Development cooperation travels are not tourist trips, therefore one needs to get prepared for them differently. In addition, regardless of the size of the development cooperation organisation that one represents, both foreign and local employees face various dangers and threats during project travelling.

This section provides a generally applicable check list (pdf) to be used before the departure to a development cooperation trip. The purpose of this section is to raise awareness of safety issues and increase the readiness for planning and implementation of a safe trip. Anticipation and precaution concerning potential threats and dangerous situations are essential to improve safety measures.

Personal attitude towards safety and the development of safety awareness can effectively improve risk management and prevent threats during the trip. It is also important to obtain information for readiness and suitable methods to react appropriately to potential threats and dangerous situations when travelling. In addition, the section includes recommendations for organisations to develop safety management concerning their development cooperation travels as well as a list of links to relevant sources that provide detailed information on different themes.

The safety hazards while travelling might include:

  • Traffic
  • Natural disasters such as floods, storms and earthquakes
  • Different sicknesses and accidents
  • Crime
  • Political unrest
  • Terrorism

Additional information on safety issues when travelling abroad is availamle in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland pages.