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Published: April 29, 2022

GISF at the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) 2022!

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Find out more about GISF’s contribution to the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) 2022.

Following on from last year’s success, GISF is hosting several sessions within the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) again. The HNPW provides a unique forum for humanitarian networks and partnerships to meet and address key humanitarian issues. One of the largest humanitarian events of its kind, it gathers participants from the UN, NGOs, Member States, the private sector, the military, academia and beyond to discuss and solve common challenges in humanitarian affairs.

The HNPW 2022 will be held in a hybrid format from 02nd to 20th May. The first and third week will be held remotely, the second week (09th-13th May) will be organised face-to-face at the International Conference Centre (CICG) in Geneva. GISF is hosting sessions across the whole three weeks.

To find out more about HNPW please click here.

In 2022, now under the heading of Areas of Common Concern (AOCC), GISF continues to lead on Integrating Security Risk Management Across Humanitarian Action, as part of the HNPW. Bringing together experts from across the aid world, GISF will be co-hosting several virtual and face to face sessions in partnership with different actors such as the UN, ICRC, CBM, Raleigh International, as well as independent consultants.


Week One | 2nd May – 6th May 2022 | Virtual

Physical and Mental Wellbeing: Why an integrated approach to security risk management is important | 3rd May 2022 | 15:00-16:30 CEST | Virtual

Speakers: Steve Dennis (SMRT Consulting); Philipp Burtzlaff (CBM); Lisa Reilly (GISF)

Summary: The objective of this session is to raise awareness of the direct importance of Security Risk Management for ensuring mental as well as physical well-being across the humanitarian sector. It addresses and identifies cross-cutting issues such as the importance of a person-centred approach for equity and inclusivity in SRM, why it is vital to consider the well-being of local partners, and the impact of our digital world on security risk management and well-being.

A Person Centred Approach to Security Risk Management: Benefits and challenges | 4th May 2022 | 15:00-16:30 CEST | Virtual

Speakers: Lisa Short (Arete Business Performance); Philipp Burtzlaff (CBM)

Week Two | 9th May – 13th May 2022 | In-person week, International Conference Centre (CICG), Geneva

Building an Organisation Culture for Effective Security Risk Management: Exploring element of Duty of Care before, during and after incidents | 10th May 2022 | 11:00-12:30 CEST | Hybrid

Speakers: Steve Dennis (SMRT Consulting); Christine Williamson (Duty of Care International)

Summary: Building on recent survey results (Incident support in aid organizations, survey open until Feb 10th, 2022), Christine Williamson and Steve Dennis are studying how aid organisations currently implement support to staff injured or harmed in workplace incidents.

Closed Session: Improving staff safety through effective donorship | 10th May 2022 | 14:00-15:00 CEST | Hybrid

Please get in touch with Megan at gisf-info@gisf.ngo for more information about this session.

How Technology is Changing Security Risk Management in the Humanitarian Sector | 12th May 2022 | 11:00-13:00 CEST | In person

Speakers: Lisa Short (Arete Business Performance); David Clamp (Raleigh International)

Summary: While the ‘digital revolution’ remains a strongly positive enabler, allowing the world to communicate, work and engage better with business communities globally, it does bring new challenges, risks, and opportunities for the humanitarian sector and security risk management.

Inclusive Security, balancing aspirations, and constraints | 12th May 2022 | 14:00-15:30 CEST | Hybrid

Speakers: Catherine Plumridge (UNDSS); JP Kiehl (ICRC)

Summary: To highlight the aspirations of inclusive security, constraints to implementation and suggested approaches. This is to address specific security needs of personnel according to their personal profile, which is often not understood, not planned for, or consistently met.

Week Three | 16th May – 20th May 2022 | Virtual

How does race and racism impact aid workers’ security? | 17th May 2022 | 15:00-16:30 CEST | Virtual

Speakers: Tara Arthur (GISF); Léa Moutard

Summary: This session introduces GISF’s new article entitled: Toward inclusive security risk management: the impact of race, ethnicity, and nationality on aid workers’ security; which seeks to encourage informed conversations by unpacking the ways in which race, ethnicity and nationality can affect the security risks aid workers face and the way they are managed.

Tackling Mis-Information and Dis-Information in Humanitarian Response | 19th May 2022 | 15:00-16:30 CEST | Virtual

Speakers: Lisa Short (Arete Business Performance)

To find out more about each individual session, please click the links above, or check out our events page.

If you have any questions about GISF’s sessions, HNPW or registration, please reach out to Megan (gisf-info@gisf.ngo)

Exhibition Stand

GISF will be having an in-person exhibition stand at HNPW this year, during organised face-to-face at the International Conference Centre (CICG) in Geneva from the 9th to 13th May. If you are in Geneva, and attending HNPW, feel free to come and find us, and say hello to the team!

GISF is also scheduling some virtual exhibition stands, where you can drop in and speak to one of the GISF secretariat to find out more about GISF or ask any questions you may have. More information about these will be released soon.