In this blog, Alex Marriage briefly outlines the security risks that aid workers can and have faced due to counter-terrorist financing (CTF) measures and goes on to describe the international mechanism through which CTF measures are developed and evaluated. Alex goes on to outline the recent changes to CTF recommendations and what this might mean for humanitarian NGOs.
People management has a direct impact on security risk management. This module, developed by Christine Williamson, takes a closer look at the employee cycle and identifies the practices in people management which carry an obligation or risk. This module demonstrates that the best solution for good people management integrates security risk management with all stages of the employee cycle.
In an effort to support NGOs with limited resources, GISF is developing a guide, authored by Shaun Bickley, that aims to demystify security risk management. In this article for PEAR Magazine, GISF explores in more depth two elements of the security risk management framework, which will be discussed in more depth in GISF's upcoming guide: Security Risk Management: A basic guide for smaller NGOs.
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Zimbabwe is facing an imminent crisis that will require an international humanitarian response in the near to medium-term future, with appropriate security measures for humanitarian workers. Former GISF Coordinator, Nick Hanson-James, takes a closer look at the Zimbabwean context and issues NGOs should aim to be aware of and prepared for given the current climate in the country.
Deber de Cuidado: Marco jurídico y principales herramientas (Duty of Care in Spain: Legal framework and main tools)
A report on duty of care in Spain has recently been developed and reviews how duty of care should be approached by Spanish entities that have staff working abroad. The document analyses how Spanish national labour laws should be applied, taking into account the sector’s good practices. This report is in Spanish.
NGOs have repeatedly raised concerns about the consequences of counter-terrorism legislation on their ability to deliver critical humanitarian aid. In order to assist the NGO community, a number of bodies are seeking case studies and examples to provide an evidence base to illustrate these concerns. GISF are currently seeking examples from INGOs about the impact that this legislation has had on humanitarian aid work, particularly on the security of aid workers and programmes (including beneficiaries).
This global survey of humanitarian workers will be used to help understand the effectiveness of organisational safety provision in the sector. Complete this short survey and to pass it on to colleagues to do the same by 10 February.
GISF is seeking information from NGOs on the technology they use to share security-related information with staff, particularly those that use online systems. This input will be used to inform an article summarising these technologies to be published in the GISF Communications Technology Hub. If your organisation is willing to share their experiences, please get in contact with Adelicia (email@example.com).
In November, GISF attended a two-part expert roundtable at Chatham House that discussed the challenges NGOs face when working with non-state armed groups, in particular given the impact of counter-terrorism legislation. This is a brief summary of the key points raised and some of the implications counter-terrorism legislation has on the security risk management of NGOs.