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Creating common NGO security terminology: A comparative study

1 October 2010

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Creating common NGO security terminology: A comparative study

This text is a revised version of a project conducted by Anna Dick at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. One of the hurdles to improving NGO security is that there are no commonly-accepted definitions for security terms. This impedes incident reporting and makes security management more difficult.The project reviews security terminology as it is used in NGO security documents; it provides a methodology for reviewing the terms, and offers proposed definitions for common security terms. The primary goal of this project is to offer proposed definitions for security terms. The intention is that these will serve as a further step in the discussion within the NGO security sector about the terms. The ultimate goal is that standardized definitions agreed upon by the NGO security community will be determined and will improve communication and understanding about security.


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