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Published: April 19, 2021

GISF release a new guide on Partnerships & Security!

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On 15th April 2021, GISF released a new guide Partnerships and Security Risk Management: a joint action guide for local and international aid organisations.


‘I recommend that it [the guide] should find its way soon to as many NGOs as possible.’

L/NNGO trialling the guide in Myanmar.


This guide aims to support L/NNGOs and INGOs in the aid sector to better manage and share responsibility for security risks in partnerships. It builds on findings from the GISF briefing paper, Security Management and Capacity Development: International agencies working with local partners, (2012) and the GISF research paper, Partnerships and Security Risk Management: from the local partner’s perspective (2020).

Since attacks on aid workers have been recorded, local and national NGO (L/NNGO) aid workers worldwide have been the most exposed to security risks. As efforts to ‘localise’ aid carry on and with it, partnerships multiply, we must ensure that international NGOs (INGO) and L/NNGOs address these risks within their partnerships.

This guide offers tools and guidance on improving partnerships’ structure and supporting better access to security risk management (SRM) resources for local NGOs in the humanitarian space, including advocacy.

The guide’s objectives are:

  • To promote an equitable, transparent and mutually beneficial approach to SRM within partnerships.
  • To provide guidance on how to approach SRM within partnership arrangements in order to improve collaboration, communication, and shared risk ownership.
  • To provide resources to empower L/NNGOs to build their own SRM capacity and manage the security risk management aspects of partnerships with other L/NNGOs and INGOs.

We want to thanks again Adelicia Fairbanks, the author of the guide, for her fantastic work. We also want to thank all the individuals and organisations who helped reviewing and trialling the guide. This publication is the product of collective work and we hope it will support many partners to better share security risks.

We hope you’ll read our guide and support our work by sharing it with people in your network who might benefit from it.

If you would like to collaborate with us on issues related to partnerships and security risk management, do reach out to Léa at gisf-research@gisf.ngo. If you have any feedback or question on the publication, also get it touch with Léa.