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Safeguarding Aid Workers

Gender, Human Rights, Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, Legal Obligations, NGO Security Management, Safety

Considerable attention in the aid world and media is currently directed at the concept of safeguarding. Although the word has mostly been used in reference to the safeguarding of beneficiaries, in this article (2019), Megan Nobert explores the safeguarding of…

Article 2019 English GISF publication

Managing security-related information: a closer look at incident reporting systems and software

Context Analysis, NGO Security Management

This article briefly explores the technological platforms non-governmental organisations (NGOs) use to access and share security-related information, particularly focusing on internal incident reporting software. In this article (2018), the author, Gonzalo de Palacios, also reviews how organisations can access contextual…

Article 2018 English GISF publication

Digital Security of LGBTQI Aid Workers: Awareness and Response

Gender, Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, NGO Security Management

As the world becomes increasingly connected and more of our lives are recorded, accessed and processed digitally, the nature of threats and personal risks changes. Digital security threats on their own can have a range of consequences to a person’s…

Article 2017 English GISF publication

Applying serious gaming to humanitarian security: A framework for mixed-reality training

NGO Security Management, Safety

Emerging technology can be used for training humanitarian staff to respond effectively to the increasingly complex needs that arise following disasters, particularly when responding to security incidents and executing emergency plans. Creating realistic exercises during the training is crucial to…

Article 2015 English GISF publication

What is ‘humanitarian communication’? Towards standard definitions and protections for the humanitarian use of ICTs

Acceptance, Context Analysis, Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, Policy Guidance

Information communication technologies (ICTs) are increasingly becoming a defining component of twenty-first century humanitarian response operations during both natural disasters and armed conflict. ICTs have changed how information is communicated and received during crises. It may even be changing how…

Article 2015 English GISF publication

Organisational risk management in high-risk programmes: the non-medical response to the Ebola outbreak

Acceptance, Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, NGO Security Management

Issue 64 of the Humanitarian Exchange Magazine, published by the Humanitarian Practice Network (Overseas Development Institute, ODI), focuses on the Ebola crisis in West Africa. In their article for the magazine, GISF Executive Coordinator Lisa Reilly and GISF Researcher Raquel…

Article 2015 English GISF publication

Incident Statistics in Aid Worker Safety and Security Management

Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, NGO Security Management, Policy Guidance

Over the past decade we have seen the increased circulation of safety and security incident-related numbers and statistics. Incident statistics on safety and security are useful tools for organisations to provide them with information on the changing nature of threats,…

Article, Report 2012 English GISF publication

Risk transfer through hardening mentalities?

Acceptance, Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, NGO Security Management

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…

Article 2009 English GISF publication