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NGO Security Management

The Needs of Faith Communities in Major Emergencies: Some Guidelines

A guideline (2005) on the various needs of faith communities in major emergencies. The guideline explores specific features and requirements of faith groups and beliefs, grieving and healing process following a major disaster, memorial ceremonies, services and anniversaries, and floral…

10 Feb 2015 Resource

Planning for uncertainty: Nigeria’s elections

Nigeria’s power dynamics are more complex than the north/south, Christian/Muslim, rich/poor dichotomies often presented. Whoever wins the election there are multiple competing scenarios that may emerge and NGOs cannot map, let alone plan for, all of them. When confronted by an array of threats, most of which you have limited to no influence over, one solution is to do the routine things well and focus on your capacity to react.

9 Feb 2015 Blog

Difficulties of delivering aid in Northeast Nigeria: Boko Haram, vigilantes and other challenges

Fighting to establish an Islamic ‘Caliphate’, Boko Haram hit the UN compound in Nigeria’s capital Abuja in 2011, killing 18. After the UN attack, President Goodluck Jonathan ‘reaffirmed his government’s “total commitment” to combating terrorism.’ In early 2013, Boko Haram gunmen killed nine polio workers, one of the deadliest attacks against aid workers in the region. Recent attacks in Baga and Doron Baga, where approximately 2,000 civilians were killed have further increased security difficulties for humanitarian organisations. Located in the Northeastern tip of Nigeria, humanitarian agencies have been unable to reach the destroyed towns since the attack due to the unstable situation.

21 Jan 2015 Blog

2014: Year Highlights

2014 was a busy, challenging year. We published six new papers and guides in three different languages, and organised our first two public events to raise awareness of humanitarian security for more sustainable access to affected communities. We launched a new knowledge hub on communications technology and security risk management, and brought together 17 authors for a publication that was endorsed by leading researchers in the humanitarian community. The webinar that launched this project, produced jointly with DisasterReady, was followed online by almost 80 people across the globe.

19 Jan 2015 News

Humanitarian Access in Situations of Armed Conflict

This manual (2014) is designed to support humanitarian practitioners in developing and implementing approaches to improve humanitarian access in situations of armed conflict. The practitioner’s manual includes Humanitarian access in contemporary armed conflicts, Foundations of Humanitarian Access: Humanitarian principles and…

9 Jan 2015 Resource

Runbag: Prepared When Required

Equipment advice for staff travelling to high risk environments and in need of a durable bag with a protective storage system.

9 Jan 2015 Resource

Have you listened to our webinar on communications technology, security risk management and humanitarian delivery?

GISF teamed up with DisasterReady.org to host a webinar entitled ‘Communications Technology and Humanitarian Delivery: Challenges and Opportunities for Security Risk Management’. The webinar launches GISF’s new paper of the same title, and features engaging discussion on opportunities and challenges of communications technology in humanitarian delivery from Imogen Wall (the paper’s co-editor) and Rory Byrne (Founder and CEO of Security First).

18 Dec 2014 News