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Published: June 29, 2017

Launch of new GISF guide – Security Risk Management: a basic guide for smaller NGOs

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EISF is very pleased to announce the publication of our newest guide: ‘Security Risk Management: a basic guide for smaller NGOs’


Do you represent a smaller NGO with limited resources to put in place measures to improve staff security and humanitarian access? Or are you perhaps new to NGO security risk management and don’t know where to start to build your organisation’s security risk management processes and systems?

At GISF we recognise that a lot of existing literature on security risk management is dense and geared towards larger NGOs with more resources to invest in security. For this reason, we have developed this guide to help smaller NGOs demystify security risk management. We have endeavoured to do so by developing a simple and easy-to-use security resource.

By setting out the elements of a basic security risk management framework, this guide aims to support NGOs in translating their duty of care obligations into key processes and actions that will not only enhance their national and international staff security but also improve their organisation’s reputation and credibility.

This guide is mindful of the limited resources and the specific challenges that smaller NGOs may face in trying to establish and maintain a security risk management framework.

This guide, written by Shaun Bickley with input from Lisa Reilly, complements other essential guides, such as GISF’s ‘Security to go’, which focuses on security management systems in a particular context or location; however, this guide provides a broader perspective on the overarching framework an organisation should aim to have in place in order to improve its security risk management. This guide also aims to complement the GISF ‘Security Audits’ guide, which enables organisations to take stock of what they have in terms of staff security and what needs to be improved.

Download the guide here.

We welcome your feedback on the guide, please share your thoughts with Adelicia via eisf-research@eisf.helpful.ws


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