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Through our leading research, digital resources and original training and events, we work with and for our members to drive change in the humanitarian sector.

Our members

From Save the Children to Greenpeace International to DFID, see all of our diverse members improving lives and reducing suffering around the world.

Become a member

How to join

  1. Contact a GISF Projects and Membership Officer if you have any questions before applying. You can contact either our UK-based or US-based officer.
  2. Complete the online application form. Remember to have contact details available for your two sponsoring organisations.
  3. We’ll email you to let you know that we’ve received your application, and our Steering Group will review it.
  4. We aim to make a decision on your application within 4 to 5 weeks – you’ll receive this via email.
  5. If your application was successful, we’ll be in touch with all the necessary information to set you up.
  6. Welcome to the GISF network! You can now enjoy all the benefits of membership.

Membership types

GISF’s membership comprises a range of humanitarian organisations. By this, we mean that they are all non-profit organisations that seek to improve lives and reduce suffering. We categorise our members as either ‘full’ or ‘associate’; while the joining criteria differ, both types have equal access to all aspects of GISF membership.

Full membership eligibility

Full membership is open to organisations that meet each of the following criteria:

  • Not for-profit non-governmental organisations, which:
  • Manage, and are responsible for, staff and significant relief or development programme activities in several countries;
  • Are committed to the Code of Conduct of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief;
  • Have a security focal point who can represent them within GISF;
  • Can obtain sponsorship (references) from two existing members of GISF;
  • Agree to comply with the GISF information-sharing policy.

Associate membership eligibility

Associate membership is open to organisations that meet each of the following criteria:

  • Not-for-profit organisations, which;
  • Have similar interests regarding staff safety and security in multiple countries;
  • Are committed to the Code of Conduct of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief;
  • Have a security focal point who can represent them within GISF;
  • Can obtain sponsorship (references) from two existing members of GISF;
  • Agree to comply with the GISF information-sharing policy.

Membership fees

To ensure the forum’s sustainability, we ask our members to pay an annual subscription fee. Our fee structure has 5 tiers based on organisations’ average annual incomes.

Annual IncomeMembership Fee (2020)
<EUR 5 millionEUR 345
EUR 5 million- EUR 15 millionEUR 690
EUR 15 million – EUR 40 millionEUR 1,390
EUR 40 million – EUR 100EUR 2,195
> EUR 100 millionEUR 2,920

Organisations with 4 or more ‘sister organisations’ as members of GISF are eligible for a 15% discount on their membership fee.

Any organisation joining after the first bi-annual forum will be charged 50% of the total fee.

At GISF, inclusivity is one of our core values. If you feel your organisation will be unable to pay the required fee, please email us to discuss options.

Benefits of membership

Our members enjoy access to a growing network of security-conscious humanitarian organisations. With over 100 members, we provide ample opportunities to get involved and engage with others.

Our forums and workshops allow members to meet, network and share with their peers. Our online chat, website and virtual events create a year-round flow of information-sharing.

Services offered to GISF members include:

  • Online Members’ Area: We provide each of our members with up to 3 logins for the members’ area of our website. From there, members can:
    • browse exclusive resources in our expansive e-library;
    • register for training and events run either by us or by our affiliated providers;
    • advertise their own vacancies, courses and events;
    • access member news and updates, and much more.
  • Bi-annual forums: Each year, we organise three members forums. Usually taking place in Spring and Autumn, we hold at least one forum in each of our bases (Europe and North America). At these events, members and invited experts explore some of the prevailing issues in humanitarian security. They are also an excellent opportunity to network with counterparts from other organisations.
  • Workshops: At GISF, we organise at least six workshops each year – though, in recent years, we’ve run as many as ten. Our workshops target a range of staff, offering organisations development opportunities beyond security. For ‘The Investigation Process’, for example, we invite legal and human resources representatives.
  • Virtual events: With a growing, cross-continental membership, we also provide learning opportunities online. These may include webinars, online briefings, event recordings or live-streams.
  • Research: Our research aims to challenge stagnant thinking in our membership and beyond. As well as having access to our entire catalogue, GISF members are able to contribute to our upcoming projects. This might be by:
    • Identifying new topics to explore
    • Completing a research questionnaire
    • Joining a peer review team
    • Translating existing resources
  • GISF Chat: Our online chat facility allows members to communicate directly with each other and the GISF Secretariat. It provides a space for members to:
    • Share useful documents
    • Contribute feedback
    • Arrange visits and meetings
    • Provide updates on certain contexts
    • Share knowledge on specific topics through opt-in channels like digital security
    • Ask targeted questions that our e-library can’t answer

When it comes to humanitarian security risk management, we’re one of the most popular mechanisms for peer-to-peer support. With our growing pool of expertise and experience, we’ve also become a go-to centre of excellence.

Useful documents

GISF Terms of Reference

GISF Information Sharing Policy & Protocol

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