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With regular contributions from the GISF Secretariat and guest experts, the GISF Blog explores a range of topical, contextual and theoretical developments affecting the practice of humanitarian SRM.


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The First Hybrid GISF Forum

‘GISF is great and the forum was excellent! This may have been one of the most engaging forums I have attended! (And that’s…

26 Nov 2020

Developing a ‘COVID-19 Secure’ HEAT course.

NGO Security Management, Safety

Online courses rapidly show their limits when it comes to teaching hostile environment awareness training (HEAT). In this blog, Michelle Newton, from Clarity Security Training, shares Clarity’s experience of developing a live training in the midst of a pandemic and Megan Hooson, a new starter at GISF, shares her experiences attending it.

5 Nov 2020

Changing perceptions: meet the faces of today’s NGO security

NGO Security Management

The security professionals we work with at GISF come in all shapes and sizes, each with their own unique perspectives and experiences. These different viewpoints help us to ensure that security risk management is effective for all staff, whatever their personal profile. Here, on World Humanitarian Day, we share a few of their stories and why the work they do is important to them.

19 Aug 2020

Disinformation and security risk management for NGOs

Acceptance, Communications, NGO Security Management, Technology

The changing contextual dynamics also include COVID-19’s impact on humanitarian security risk management. Broader security risk management, which also focuses on community acceptance, should too…

31 Jul 2020

Health Workers at Risk: Added challenges of COVID-19

Acceptance, Access, Context Analysis, Legal Obligations, NGO Security Management

COVID-19 has shifted the important work carried out by health professionals to the forefront of all of our minds. Yet, despite the applause these workers often receive, they remain exposed to many risks. For this instalment of the GISF Blog, we interviewed Christina Wille, Director of Insecurity Insight.

16 Jun 2020

A more scientific approach to decision making

NGO Security Management

To aid decision-makers, an organisation positions itself best when it maximises its strengths – its people, working collaboratively (from the top to the bottom) to…

9 Jun 2020

Why COVID-19 is impacting security environments differently

Access, Civil-Military, Context Analysis, NGO Security Management

According to data collected by Standard Risk, 79% of security incidents related to COVID-19 in East and Central Africa, between 1 March - 7 May, took place in Kenya, Malawi and Uganda. This blog piece seeks to explain why is this the case and suggests that countries with higher levels of democracy may face more civil unrest following the enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions.

27 May 2020