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Published: November 23, 2020

AidEx x GISF Webinar – Managing Security Risks in the new Global Order

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On November 18th , GISF led a webinar Managing Security Risks in the new Global Order: Improved Collaboration between International and Local NGOs as part of AidEx 2020 Webinar Series.

On November 18th , GISF led a webinar Managing Security Risks in the new Global Order: Improved Collaboration between International and Local NGOs as part of AidEx 2020 Webinar Series.

Chaired by Lisa Reilly, GISF Director, the webinar included contributions from Peter Wood, Head of Global Security from Oxfam; Tanya Wood, Director, from CHS Alliance; Fadi Hallisso, Co-Founder and CEO, from Basmeh & Zeitooneh; and Léa Moutard, Research Advisor at GISF.

Amongst other topics, speakers discussed:

  • Security challenges and risks faced by aid workers and organisations in the current context (especially those linked to the pandemic, climate change and political change)
  • The challenges of working from home, and communicating with staff during the pandemic, particularly in terms of contingency planning and crisis management
  • Progress made in the localisation agenda under the pandemic – this is a positive change, although seemed to have been forced by the pandemic, rather than happening as a result of proactive choice.
  • The progress made on the core humanitarian standards (CHS) based on the 2020 CHS report, coordination between organisations has been tracking positive changes .
  • Recognition that a people-centred approach is the best way forward, in line with CHS commitments outlined in their 2020 report, particularly commitment eight (competent, well-managed, and supported staff).
  • Changes to be done to improve collaboration between international and local NGOs (including, simplifying terms and procedures; ensuring there is shared understanding of duty of care; enhanced knowledge and resource sharing…).
  • Broader collaboration on knowledge and resource sharing – there is a need to open up learning opportunities to partners and the wider environment.
  • Changing mindset from product and delivery to a more ‘human’ approach.

 

You can view the CHS Report mentioned, Humanitarian Accountability Report 2020, here: https://d1h79zlghft2zs.cloudfront.net/uploads/2020/10/01450-CHS-2020-HAR-Report-FA2-WEB2.pdf

If you want to read more around Partners and Localisation, GISF have recently published a paper on the topic, which you can find here: https://gisf.ngo/resource/partnerships-and-security-risk-management-from-the-local-partners-perspective/

You can access the recording of the webinar here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/aidex-webinar-series-managing-security-risks/1

You can access the full AidEx webinar series here: https://www.aid-expo.com/webinar-series?dm_i=1RB7,73NCQ,QDR27Q,SPBJK,1