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NGO Security Toolbox

The GISF NGO Security Toolbox provides easily accessible guidance, resources and tools to help NGOs integrate good risk management practices into their operations in-country during humanitarian responses.

The toolbox enables both security specialists and non-security staff to access practical resources and tools on the go, and helps them put in place basic safety and security measures quickly, without having to start from scratch. As connectivity is often limited in emergencies, the toolbox can also be downloaded for use off-line.

The resources within the toolbox are drawn from GISF’s own guides, research papers and articles, together with leading guidance within the sector, and valuable examples and templates shared by GISF’s members. All resources in the toolbox are free to use and can be adapted to suit your organisation or your operational context.

The toolbox is a ‘live’ resource and new content will be added as soon as it becomes available. We very much welcome your ongoing feedback and ideas for the toolbox – Feedback


The toolbox was developed by Shaun Bickley (Tricky Locations) and dxw.

GISF would like to thank the following individuals and organisations who took the time to share information and resources, and contributed to the development of the toolbox: Chris Williams (CARE International), David Napier (GOAL), Euan Mackenzie (Saferworld), Frederic Bardou (Action contre la Faim), Henrieke Hommes (ZOA), James Davis (ACT Alliance), Jamie Monteith (CAFOD), Javeria Malik (ActionAid International), Jeremy Briggs (Mines Advisory Group), Peter Wood and Gonzalo de Palacios (Oxfam International), Philipp Burtzlaff (CBM), Sean McDonald (Norwegian Church Aid), Theo Alexopoulos (Center for Civilians in Conflict), and Tom Keunen (Médecins Sans Frontières).

You can find the GISF NGO Security Toolbox here.


Securing aid worker safety through effective budgeting

In this article for the Crisis Response Journal, Aisling Sweeney, GISF's Communications Officer, puts forward the case for remodelling funding processes for humanitarian security risk management.