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NGO Security Management

The Aid Security Monthly News Brief – January 2016

This monthly digest documents threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources. It complements resources that already exist, such as the Aid Worker Security Database,…

9 Feb 2016 Resource

The Aid Security Monthly News Brief – February 2016

This monthly digest documents on threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources (2016). It complements resources that already exist, such as the Aid Worker…

9 Feb 2016 Resource

Lessons from the Aviation Industry: What Can We Learn for Humanitarian Security Risk Management?

Air traffic volume has expanded dramatically in recent years, yet the number of plane crashes has steadily declined since 1980. Air accidents peaked in the 1940s, prompting aviation experts to develop a new safety approach, and today, aviation is one of the leading industries in risk management. This article discusses the aviation industry’s safety concept and considers what the growing humanitarian community may learn for its own security and safety management.

2 Feb 2016 Blog

In the news: Psychological Support and Wellbeing for Aid Workers

It is not breaking news that aid workers are frequently subjected to high levels of stress and pressure. Whether we acknowledge it or not, working in conflict zones, assisting during natural or manmade disasters and in-person or vicarious exposure to the effects of extreme poverty all make their mark. Whilst human resource teams are commonly charged with the management of employee health and wellbeing programmes, discussions during the GISF Forum in Berlin last September emphasised the link between staff wellbeing and good risk management practice. Security managers continuously strive to help staff deliver programmes in physical safety; how can we better mitigate the psychological impact of the work that we do?

28 Jan 2016 Blog

Welcome to Rachel Douglas!

A warm welcome to Rachel Douglas who has commenced her Research and Projects Assistant internship with GISF! Rachel graduated from the University of Leeds in 2015 with a BA (International) Honours in Politics. Due to a passion for travelling and avoiding British winters, she elected to study abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico for a year to learn Spanish and experience total immersion in a foreign culture. Since completing her undergraduate degree, Rachel has interned at the Terrorism and Political Violence Association and is also a Researcher and Project Officer at the think tank Project for Study of the 21st Century (PS21).

15 Jan 2016 News

Risk Management Toolkit in Relation to Counterterrorism Measures

This toolkit (2015) is intended to contribute to an increased understanding of the connection between counterterrorism measures and humanitarian action and highlight steps that humanitarian organisations can take and are taking to address some of the main challenges and risks…

7 Jan 2016 Resource

Aid Worker Security Report 2012

This report provides an overview of aid worker security in 2012, documenting instances of abuse, kidnap, violence and murder. The report finds that, after declining in 2010, total incidents of violence against aid workers are rising again. Most of these…

22 Dec 2015 Resource

The Jihadist Threat to INGO Aid Workers

This brief article examines the current state of the jihadist threat to INGOs, particularly those linked to Britain and France, following November’s Paris attacks as well as the implications of the UK’s subsequent commencement of an overt military campaign in Syria.

22 Dec 2015 Blog

GISF Forum | September 2015 | Key Learning Points

This open-source summary document highlights key information and learning points from the GISF Forum which was held in Berlin in September 2015. The two-day forum of members and expert speakers was kindly co-hosted by Johanniter. Key Learning Points have been extracted…

21 Dec 2015 Resource