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Key trends in global humanitarian assistance

Context Analysis, Humanitarian Programmatic Issues

This factsheet provides clear and independent top-line analysis of the latest data on humanitarian and crisis-related financing. The Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2019 – to be published by Development Initiatives in September – will build on this, presenting the most…

Other 2019 English

Aid Worker Security Report 2019 – Speakable: Addressing sexual violence and gender-based risk in humanitarian aid

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

This year’s Aid Worker Security Report examines the issue of sexual violence and the differing risks for female and male aid workers in violent operational settings. The Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD) has always tracked incidents of rape and violent…

Report 2019 English

Humanitarian Exchange Special Issue: Mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian crises

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

This special issue of Humanitarian Exchange, co-edited with Anne Harmer, Manager of Elrha’s Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) Programme, focuses on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in humanitarian crises. A series of articles explore different aspects of…

Other 2019 English

Humanitarian Access in Armed Conflict: a need for new principles?

Acceptance, Civil-Military, Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, Legal Obligations, NGO Security Management, Policy Guidance

Constraints on humanitarian access continue to inhibit the ability of affected populations to receive adequate assistance in numerous conflict situations. This scoping study was commissioned to determine the feasibility and potential impact of developing new ‘principles’ of access. It was…

Paper 2019 English

Preventing and Addressing SEA in Private Security Operations

Human Rights, Inclusivity, Legal Obligations, NGO Security Management, Private Security Providers

GISF’s Executive Director Lisa Reilly joined the panel in Geneva on 14 May 2019, to discuss the topic Preventing and Addressing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Private Security Operations. During the webinar, Lisa shared some of the lessons the NGO sector…

Webinar 2019 English

Gestión de riesgos de seguridad: una guía básica para las ONG pequeñas

NGO Security Management, Policy Guidance, Safety

La presente guía pretende ser un recurso de seguridad sencillo y fácil de usar que sirva a las ONG más pequeñas para romper mitos sobre la gestión de riesgos. Al establecer los elementos de un marco de gestión de riesgos…

Guides 2019 Spanish GISF publication

Global Strategic Trends The Future Starts Today 6th Edition

Civil-Military, Context Analysis, NGO Security Management, Policy Guidance

Global Strategic Trends describes a strategic context for defence and security looking out to the middle of the century. It takes a comprehensive view of the future derived through research headed by the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC). Since…

Paper 2019 English

Protection, Participation and Potential Women and Girls in Yemen’s War

Context Analysis, Gender, Human Rights, Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, Policy Guidance

This policy brief provides an overview of the entrenched gender inequalities and vulnerabilities which affected women and girls before the war and which have been exacerbated over the past 4 years. It then considers the specific impact of the conflict…

Policy Document 2019 English

Urban safety and security: Lessons from the last two decades and emergent issues

Context Analysis, NGO Security Management, Safety

This report synthesises the conference Reviewing the State of Safety in World Cities: Safer Cities +20, held in Geneva from 6-8 July 2016. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) established the Global Safer Cities Programme in 1996. Twenty years…

Report 2019 English

NGOs & Risk: managing uncertainty in local-international partnerships

Acceptance, Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, Legal Obligations, NGO Security Management, Policy Guidance

This report examines how risk is perceived and managed in partnerships between international and national NGOs working in humanitarian response. It follows from the 2016 report NGOs and Risk: How International Humanitarian Actors Manage Uncertainty, which was also produced by…

Report 2019 English