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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…

Briefing, Paper 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…

Briefing, Paper 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,…

Briefing, Paper 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

Risk Thresholds in Humanitarian Assistance

Civil-Military, Context Analysis, Legal Obligations, NGO Security Management, Safety

This GISF Report (2011) examines how humanitarian organisations express their attitudes to risk, and considers how priorities at different organisational levels might be better integrated when decisions are made on whether to accept or reject certain risks. Section 1 reviews the risk management…

Report 2010 English GISF publication

Abduction Management of Critical Incidents

Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, NGO Security Management

Abduction of aid workers has risen sharply in particular contexts in the past decade.  Abduction is a “unique form of critical incident”, characterised by its ongoing, “live” nature, often extended duration, the pressure of decision-making and uncertainty.  Though the essential…

Briefing, Paper 2010 English GISF publication

Crisis Management of Critical Incidents

Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, NGO Security Management

No matter how good the risk management system, aid workers operate in areas where risk of critical incidents cannot be eliminated.  And thus agencies must form and constantly seek to update and strengthen robust crisis response mechanisms, from incident reporting processes through…

Briefing, Paper 2010 English GISF publication