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Abduction Management of Critical Incidents

Abduction of aid workers has risen sharply in particular contexts in the past decade.  Abduction is a “unique form of critical incident”, characterised by its ongoing, “live” nature, often extended duration, the pressure of decision-making and uncertainty.  Though the essential…

1 Jan 2010 Resource

Crisis Management of Critical Incidents

No matter how good the risk management system, aid workers operate in areas where risk of critical incidents cannot be eliminated.  And thus agencies must form and constantly seek to update and strengthen robust crisis response mechanisms, from incident reporting processes through…

1 Jan 2010 Resource

Risk Thresholds in Humanitarian Assistance

This GISF Report (2011) examines how humanitarian organisations express their attitudes to risk, and considers how priorities at different organisational levels might be better integrated when decisions are made on whether to accept or reject certain risks. Section 1 reviews the risk management…

1 Jan 2010 Resource

Safety First: A safety and security handbook for aid workers

Shaun Bickley through Safety First (2010) provides useful reminders and easy-reference chapters to be consulted as safety and security issues arise. Not only is this book essential reading for staff about to take up their first field positions, it should…

1 Jan 2010 Resource

Humanitarian Risk Initiatives: Index Report December 2009

This report provides an index of various initiatives related to safety and security of aid agencies and their staff. The purpose of this report is to inform readers of the projects themselves, who is responsible for or participating in each…

20 Dec 2009 Resource

Risk transfer through hardening mentalities?

In light of the attacks against the United Nations in both Peshawar and Kabul in autumn 2009, the UN has decided to “harden” itself as a target, using a protection-based strategy to reduce the vulnerability of its staff.  But to…

26 Nov 2009 Resource

Scenario Planning

What is scenario planning? Why use it? Scenario planning is a futures technique used for medium to long-term strategic analysis and planning. It is used to develop policies and strategies that are robust, resilient, flexible and innovative. Scenarios are stories…

1 Oct 2009 Resource

Challenges in Understanding and responding to crisis in urban contexts

This report by Paul McPhun and Elena Lucchi (2008) states that “there is now a growing international awareness that urbanization is becoming untenable, representing in some contexts a crisis that far outweighs the impact of ongoing conflict in remaining regions…

1 Mar 2008 Resource