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The Future of Operational Security in Afghanistan

Context Analysis, Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, NGO Security Management, Policy Guidance, Safety

The current Taliban does not resemble the Taliban pre-2001, having a different structure, size, and more disjointed belief system. Those who have worked in areas under Taliban control post-invasion should make sure they do not rely on assumptions about how…

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Living in a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan as a Female Afghan Aid Worker

Gender, Human Rights, Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, NGO Security Management, Safety

GISF’s Research and Communications Assistant, Chiara Jancke, spoke to a female Afghan aid worker who is still in Afghanistan. For more than a decade, Farah [Anonymous] has worked for national and international NGOs (INGOs), including on women’s rights programmes and…

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World Humanitarian Day 2021: protecting aid workers in a time of climate crises

Climate, Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, Inclusivity, NGO Security Management, Local Action

The last days have tested the humanitarian community. At a time where we’re still learning how to adapt to Covid-19, NGOs are trying to understand how to stay in a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and deliver aid to the 18 million…

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Saving Lives Together: what it is and why it matters

NGO Security Management, Safety, Access

You can find the recent publication of the SLT framework and associated guidelines in French and Spanish here. What is SLT? ‘The challenges facing the global aid sector are constantly evolving and the security challenges our staff, programming and…

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Getting Security Funding as a Local NGO: experiences from Syria

NGO Security Management, Local Action, Access

For the past six years, I have worked for the Syrian Association for Relief and Development (SARD), a local humanitarian organisation operating in northwest Syria. As SARD’s programming expanded to meet urgent, growing needs, it came to rely on a…

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Contracting Private Security Providers – a double-edged sword

NGO Security Management, Private Security Providers

Private security: a growing industry During the last decade, we have seen a rise in the number and significance of private security providers (PSPs). Present in every continent and responding to the needs of a very diverse range of clients,…

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Covid-19 Vaccinations in Nigeria: what are the implications for international NGOs?

Acceptance, NGO Security Management, Access, Covid-19

Nigeria committed to implementing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria. Like the restrictions and national lockdowns experienced by populations elsewhere, the Nigerian government established protocols for implementation in the COVID-19 regulations 2021. When the COVID-19 vaccine…

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Healthcare in Syria: access constrained and under attack

Context Analysis, NGO Security Management, Access

A deliberate assault on healthcare provision Ten years into the war in Syria, 13.4 million people – more than half of the country’s pre-war population – are in need of humanitarian aid. Of those, an estimated 12.4 million require health…

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Sharing Risk in Partnerships: what have we learnt?

Communications, NGO Security Management, Local Action, Access

GISF researched local NGO's experiences in partnerships and developed a guide that promotes a more equitable approach to managing security risks. Based on this, we organised two webinars at the Humanitarian Network and Partnerships Week (HNPW) and launched a series of eight online workshops bringing together local and international NGOs. The journey has been both enriching and challenging. This blog identifies three valuable lessons we learnt while promoting risk-sharing in partnerships for those seeking to do the same.

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Breaking a Culture of Silence – counter-terrorism legislation’s impact on humanitarian access negotiations in north-west Syria

Context Analysis, Humanitarian Programmatic Issues, NGO Security Management

Why is CT legislation impacting humanitarian access? When humanitarians want to provide assistance to affected populations living in areas controlled by a non-state armed group (NSAG), they need to negotiate humanitarian access. Despite the necessity of interacting and negotiating with…

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