Inter-organisational communication in civil-military cooperation during complex emergencies: a case study in Afhganis

S.J.H. Rietjens, Kirsten Verlaan, Thijs W. Brocades Zaalberg, S.J. de Boer

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This paper seeks to contribute to an improved information management and exchange between humanitarian organisations and military agents in complex emergencies. To do so, a theoretical information management process model was developed and applied to the case of information management between International Security Assistance Force troops and humanitarian organisations such as Cordaid, DACAAR and the International Office for Migration in Kabul, Afghanistan. Based on this analysis the main shortcomings and problems in each stage of the information management process were identified. These include a lack of structured information databases, the absence of identification of information needs, and an over-classification of documents by the military. Using a logical framework analysis, six major improvement tactics were developed, including the creation of more overlap in rotations of personnel, the specification of aims and tasks regarding information management, the improvement of skills and competences of personnel involved, and the introduction of regular joint civil–military evaluations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-435
Number of pages24
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • IR-72781
  • Afghanistan
  • METIS-257713
  • Information exchange
  • civil–military interaction
  • Information Management

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