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      Family First: Liaison and support during a crisis

      Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, NGO Security Management

      Family First: Liaison and support during a crisis addresses the stages of planning, delivery and review of Family Support by an NGO during a crisis. It is intended for CMT staff who must support the family liaison process, as well as…

      Guides 2013 English, French GISF publication

      La famille avant tout : soutien et liaison en situation de crise

      Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, NGO Security Management

      En assurant la liaison et en apportant un soutien à la famille, on peut jouer un rôle vital dans la résolution d’une crise, en veillant à ce que l’organisation puisse organiser une réponse concertée, à ce que l’information soit gérée…

      Guides 2013 French GISF publication

      Gender and Security: Guidelines for mainstreaming gender in security risk management


      Gender and security is a complex issue, and this research by Christine Persaud (2014) found that there are different levels of comprehension of what it means in humanitarian and development assistance practice. The differences in gendered behaviour, bias, and learning have…

      Paper, Briefing, Guidance Material 2012 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

      Engaging Private Security Providers: A Guideline for Non-Governmental Organisations

      Acceptance, Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, NGO Security Management, Private Security Providers

      Over the past decade humanitarian agencies have increasingly made use of Private Security Providers (PSPs) to support their security requirements. This briefing paper provides guidelines that offer an approach for assessing the viability of involvement of PSPs by NGOs. The…

      Paper, Briefing 2011 English GISF publication

      Engager les services d’entreprises de sécurité privées : orientations à l’intention des organisations non gouvernementales

      Acceptance, Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, NGO Security Management, Private Security Providers

      Ces orientations ont pour objet d’aider les ONG humanitaires à prendre une décision en connaissance de cause sur quand, comment et dans quelles conditions, recourir aux services d’une ESP. Ces orientations sont destinées aux responsables opérationnels des ONG au niveau…

      Paper, Briefing 2011 French GISF publication

      Managing Aid Agency Security in an Evolving World: The Larger Challenge

      Acceptance, Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, NGO Security Management

      This GISF article by Koenraad Van Brabant (2010) considers security management by international aid agencies against the realities of an evolving wider world. It describes the broad challenge of ‘acceptance’ which stretches far beyond the management capacity of security personnel,…

      Paper, Briefing 2010 English GISF publication

      Joint NGO Safety and Security Training

      NGO Security Management, Training

      Humanitarian agencies are increasingly aware of the centrality of security-related training to strategies for ensuring the safety of aid workers whilst maintaining access to crisis-affected populations. In a survey conducted by the International Medical Corps (IMC) during the first half…

      Academic Resource 2010 English GISF publication