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Upcoming Research

Find out more about the research we're working on and how you can get involved.

At GISF, we believe that collaboration and inclusivity are essential to developing effective and impactful research. Through blogs, research projects and translations, we strive to represent many voices and welcome contributions from a diversity of actors and sectors. If you or your organisation would like to get involved in the making or dissemination of our upcoming research projects, please contact us at gisf-research@gisf.ngo.

Current projects and collaborations:

Partnerships and Security Risk Management: a joint action guide for local and international aid organisations

Building on the research paper ‘Partnerships and Security Risk Management: from the local partner’s perspective‘, GISF has developed a Joint Action Guide for local and international organisations to better collaborate on security risk management. The guide includes various practical tools, to empower local NGOs to strengthen their own security risk management capacity, including guidance on the kinds of support they can request from international partners.

GISF has trialled the tools with both international and local NGOs and received feedback on what works, and what doesn’t. We have organised online workshops with Franziska Heizmann addressed at both local and international NGOs, to help them use the guide and better collaborate on security risk management. The workshops focused on four regions, which local NGOs and international NGOs working in these contexts can join.

Achieving Safe Operations Through Acceptance

While acceptance is supposedly the primary security risk management (SRM) strategy of NGOs, its meaning and mechanisms have not received a corresponding amount of attention. This GISF publication investigates what it means to ‘do’ acceptance in practice, including obstacles and opportunities that have emerged over time. The short paper series also considers how changes in the aid environment and aid organisations affect acceptance, drawing practical lessons for security managers. The publication is edited by Dr Larissa Fast, Senior Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies at the HCRI, University of Manchester, and Léa Moutard, Research Advisor at GISF (gisf-research@gisf.ngo).

In response to our call for papers, the articles of this publication present diverging, and in some cases contradictory, viewpoints. Depending on their specific experiences, the article authors provide different interpretations of why acceptance sometimes fails and recommendations and strategies for addressing current challenges. They represent a diversity of perspectives and, we hope, help to facilitate dialogue on these important issues and implicitly acknowledge that there is neither a single way to view nor to ‘do’ acceptance.

From October 2021 onwards, we are releasing articles from the publication every two weeks and in December, we will publish the complete set of articles in a single publication. You can access the articles here.

Keeping up with COVID-19: essential guidance for NGO security risk managers

GISF is developing a series of modules for staff with security risk management responsibilities, looking at how SRM is impacted by COVID-19. The guidance is divided into three parts (A) Policy and Planning, (B) Operational Security and (C) Staff Support. Modules are developed and updated as the global context unfolds, and new operating practices are developed and implemented. You can access existing ones here.

Blogs and Translations

The GISF Blog

GISF welcomes contributions to our blog from anyone who has a particular interest or expertise in security risk management or related issues. If you would like to write an original piece for us, please send a brief summary of your ideas to gisf-comms@gisf.ngo.


GISF seeks to make its resources accessible to a large audience by increasing the translations of its work. If you would like to translate one of our original materials, please contact gisf-research@gisf.ngo.

View existing French translations and existing Spanish translations.

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