If you are attending the Forum and would like a hard copy of a specific GISF guide or paper, please let Adelicia know at email@example.com.
GISF, InterHealth Worldwide and International Location Safety have an exhibition stand at WHS, focused on initiatives to improve aid worker security and wellbeing. If you are going to the Summit we would love to see you there - we are at Stand 37 in B5 of the Lutfi Kirdar International Convention & Exhibition Centre. Don't forget to tweet to us via @GISF1 using #AidSecurity and #protectaidworkers.
In the past decade, many areas of Pakistan have endured a high level of insecurity. There are no set patterns to the violence, which has varied from attacks on law enforcement agencies and schools to sectarian violence and the targeting of medical professionals engaged in polio vaccination programmes. Regardless of the types and motives of these attacks, the civilian population have paid a high price. Agence France Presse state that by 2014, nearly 7,000 people had been killed in militant attacks in Pakistan since the emergence of the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) in 2007.
The next GISF Forum will take place in Eschborn, near Frankfurt, on the 22nd and 23rd September 2016. Please let Ruth know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to attend.
How is staff wellbeing and resilience relevant to NGO security risk management? What are the practical strategies that security managers can use to champion wellbeing within their organisation? In this GISF webinar, Lynne Cripe Ph.D, Director of Resilience Services with the KonTerra Group, will discuss how a focus on wellbeing and resilience can help staff living and working in high stress environments. Sign up for this webinar taking place on Friday 26th February at 12:00GMT. Don't forget to submit your questions on the registration page!
A warm welcome to Rachel Douglas who has commenced her Research and Projects Assistant internship with GISF! Rachel graduated from the University of Leeds in 2015 with a BA (International) Honours in Politics. Due to a passion for travelling and avoiding British winters, she elected to study abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico for a year to learn Spanish and experience total immersion in a foreign culture. Since completing her undergraduate degree, Rachel has interned at the Terrorism and Political Violence Association and is also a Researcher and Project Officer at the think tank Project for Study of the 21st Century (PS21).
The next GISF Forum will take place in Brussels on the 10th and 11th March 2016. Please let Ruth know (email@example.com) if you would like to attend.
We are delighted to welcome Shaun Bickley to GISF. Shaun is taking over from Lisa Reilly as interim Executive Coordinator from November 2015 until March 2016. Shaun also covered the GISF Executive Coordinator post prior to Lisa taking on the role, so he is very familiar with the running of GISF. Shaun has more than 20 years’ experience in humanitarian access and security, in some of the most challenging conflict and crisis situations. As a leading humanitarian security consultant and facilitator, he has worked with a wide variety of organisations including British Red Cross, Save the Children, Plan International, Oxfam, Merlin, MSF (Holland), Islamic Relief, CARE International, Action Aid, Christian Aid, VSO and RedR.
A new article by the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative explores what constitutes 'humanitarian communications space', and the challenges to agreeing a common definition of 'humanitarian communication' and its protection under international law.