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Risk Analysis in Humanitarian Assistance - what to expect?

Access, Context Analysis, Safety

As a programme assistant in the RA Division at USAID, I support the programmatic and technical analysis of risks to provide early warning, effective mitigation and appropriate responses to natural disasters. Although my work differs from SRM, there are inherent…

Blog 2021

Crisis management - people matter

Communications, NGO Security Management, Policy Guidance

It’s a team sport People have difficulty making timely decisions: When the stakes are high. When they are under stress. When the information they have is incomplete and sometimes contradictory. When the decision-makers are working on an issue outside of…

Blog 2021

Myanmar - shifts in the humanitarian landscape

A snapshot of the current context On February 1st, the Myanmar military (called the Tatmadaw) denounced the November 2020 elections as illegitimate, even though most outlets declared the National League for Democracy party (NLD) as the overwhelming winner. Military leaders…

Blog 2021

Community Acceptance: A cornerstone of humanitarian security risk management

Acceptance, NGO Security Management

Humanitarian security risk management (SRM) is a framework designed to reduce risks to staff, assets, and the reputation of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). These practices aim to support the continuity of NGO operations while maintaining access to beneficiaries in insecure or…

Blog 2021

From Hydrogeology to Security: Meet GISF's longest standing member Sicko Pijpker

Communications, NGO Security Management, Training

Sicko’s journey into security could be considered unusual. Unlike many security professionals who first gained experience in the security sector through the military, Sicko began his career as a hydrogeologist. However, this expertise led him to provide clean water and…

Blog 2021

How to effectively advocate for aid workers’ protection?

Context Analysis, Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, NGO Security Management, Safety

At the last French National Humanitarian Conference (CNH), President Emmanuel Macron, surrounded by representatives of various French NGOs, reaffirmed his commitment to protecting aid workers. As I watched participants discussing issues from holding those who perpetrate violence against aid workers…

Blog 2021

No Risk No Reward - The Brilliant Success of Failure

Acceptance, Wellbeing

I recently read an article about the Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton in which the authors referred to ‘the brilliant success of failure’. Captain Shackleton and his crew faced almost certain death during their ill-fated expedition to walk across the frozen…

Blog 2020

The First Hybrid GISF Forum

A few months after the realisation of the first hybrid GISF Forum, Laura Van de Vloet, Project and Membership Officer at GISF shares her reflections on the three days event and how GISF is adapting to the pandemic.

Blog 2020