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.
The Harvard University Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) is launching a month-long 'Innovation Series'. This is a series of short podcast discussions with professionals and experts on areas of innovative thinking and development in the humanitarian sector. In the first episode of the series ATHA's Julia Brooks speaks with Raquel Vazquez Llorente, Researcher at the European Interagency Security Forum (GISF).
GISF Executive Coordinator Lisa Reilly and GISF Researcher Raquel Vazquez-Llorente co-authored an article, titled "Organisational risk management in high-risk programmes: the non-medical response to the Ebola outbreak", featured in the June edition of the Humanitarian Exchange Magazine.
GISF will be taking part in the 2015 Humanitarian Innovation Conference, held by the Humanitarian Innovation Project, in partnership with the World Humanitarian Summit, in Oxford on 17 and 18 July 2015
Are you looking for a new security advisor role? Searching for personal security training or a course in security risk management? Look no further this May - take a look at this month's roundup here.
Matt Brimble of Raleigh International contributed to a recent Guardian article entitled Before you travel: pointers for new NGOs. In the article he highlights that GISF is a useful source of information for NGO security management. Read the full article and find more useful tips for first time travellers of new NGOs.
Many thanks to those who joined us for the Humanitarian Access Negotiation Skills workshop which took place in Paris on Monday 30th March. Joe Belliveau of Conflict Dynamics International facilitated an interesting and dynamic workshop, relating the 'Humanitarian Access in Situations of Armed Conflict: Handbook on the International Normative Framework' to practical examples of negotiations in the field. Please take a look at the workshop outline and the evaluation results for more information on the modules addressed during the workshop.
The Institute of Risk Management undertook a detailed survey of the risk landscape in 2007-8 and has developed a new survey to see how risk management has evolved over the past seven year period. The previous survey was undertaken provided a good insight of the then current state, as well as some of the trends emerging. The Institute of Risk Management innovation special interest group is now seeking views and insight as part of their '7-up risk survey'.