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Abduction Management of Critical Incidents

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1 January 2010

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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 pillars of effective critical incident and crisis management response mechanisms apply, abduction’s idiosyncracies demand a more tailored response, under the umbrella of broader crisis management plans.

This GISF Briefing Paper explores the dimensions of effective, proactive abduction and kidnapping response mechanisms.  It complements the GISF Briefing Paper Crisis Management of Critical Incidents, released April 2010, that looks at crisis response plans as a whole.


Crisis Management of Critical Incidents

This GISF Briefing Paper seeks to outline the requirements of crisis management structures, providing a general guideline of crisis management planning, Crisis Management Teams (CMTs) and post-crisis follow-up.

Abduction and Kidnap Risk Management Guide

This guide provides a concise summary of key information for non-governmental organisations facing the threat of a potential or actual abduction of one of their staff members or other individuals under their responsibility.