||Role / Activity in the game
|1. UN World Food Programme(WFP)
|Operational planning of food shipments. Dealing with distribution
in the ground. Negotiating with possibly hostile warlords. Negotiating
with UN peacekeepers over protection. The local warlords see the WFP
as a meal ticket and it is this team's job to not only plan the logistics
of moving food to the crisis area, but to ensure it doesn't all go
to the wrong people.
||Problem solving under pressure. Negotiation with other teams, regarding
resources and access to the crisis zone.Forward planning.
|2. Government of Binni
|President and his (or her) political supporters. Staying in charge
during a crisis - both politically and possibly militarily. Negotiating
with supporters, the UN and political opponents (mainly tribal warlords)
. This team is in a difficult position because it can easily be sidelined
- the challenge is to remain at the centre of the decision-making
process and thus maintain the government's legitimacy.
||Negotiation and decision making under time pressure are the keynotes
for this team Negotiation skills and an ability to 'cut a deal' are
|3. UN Security Council sub-committee
|A coalition of the willing. Each team member represents the interests
of a major world power - including the USA, the UK, France and others.
Each has to be seen to be doing something, and this group has to agree
what that is and how quickly.
||Each member of this team has a national perspective to reflect.
And those perspectives are often greatly at variance - so strong committee
work is developed, as well as negotiating skills and diplomacy.
|4. UN Intervention Forces
|The joint headquarters of a multi-national force inserted into Binni
to ensure the aid gets through. Each member of this team has some
military resources provided by their national government they can
use to protect the aid. However they have to work within the 'rules
of engagement' laid down by their home government and the UN Security
||Planning, problem solving and logistics are important for this team
- but so is the minimum application of force. Team members don't have
to be a master tacticians - the military decisions are simplified
and accessible to the non-expert. The key value here is practice in
making quick but consensual decisions taking account of a wide range
of rapidly changing factors.
|5. UN High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR)
|Another UN organisation aiming to report on the crisis and ensure
that refugees are not forgotten. Increasingly aware of a massive problem,
the UNHCR can only work through other agencies - the UNWFP and the
UN Intervention Force - both of whom may have their own ideas. They
are also face to face with the Tribal Warlords.
||Managing with no resources is the main theme for this team. Careful
consensus-building and convincing argument is the key for this team.
|6. Tribal Warlords
|This isn't a coherent team, but a group of competitors. Each member
of this team has to maximise their personal political gain out of
the situation. The warlords are strong in their own geographical areas
- but have to tread a tightrope. If they are too belligerent, the
UN forces might see that as a reason to attack them militarily, if
not assertive enough they will be sidelined by the others and fail
to exploit the crisis.
||Hard nosed pragmatism is the order of the day for this team. Forming
working alliances among themselves, as well as decision making and
negotiating with all the other teams.
of a half-day version of Crisis in Binni, designed for 16-18 participants.