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Disinformation Wars And Not So Digital Threats

Communications, Context Analysis, NGO Security Management, Technology, Wellbeing

Images of the Syrian Civil Defence or as they are more popularly known, the White Helmets, have shaped the debate on the Syrian civil war.  Their photogenic exploits, rescuing injured men, women and children from the rubble in the…

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GISF Goes Global – one year on

NGO Security Management, Safety, Covid-19

Last week we celebrated one year since the transition of EISF to GISF, and what a year it has been. Some of the most noticeable changes over the year have been how much the work of security risk managers has…

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GISF’s 2021 March Forum - a look back

Context Analysis, Human Rights, NGO Security Management, Access

I joined the GISF March forum during my first week working for GISF. It opened my eyes to the many security risks that aid workers face. Before working in humanitarian security risk management (SRM), I knew many individuals who volunteered…

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Risk Analysis in Humanitarian Assistance - what to expect?

Context Analysis, Safety, Access

As a programme assistant in the RA Division at USAID, I support the programmatic and technical analysis of risks to provide early warning, effective mitigation and appropriate responses to natural disasters. Although my work differs from SRM, there are inherent…

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Crisis management - people matter

Communications, NGO Security Management, Policy Guidance

It’s a team sport People have difficulty making timely decisions: When the stakes are high. When they are under stress. When the information they have is incomplete and sometimes contradictory. When the decision-makers are working on an issue outside of…

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Myanmar - shifts in the humanitarian landscape

A snapshot of the current context On February 1st, the Myanmar military (called the Tatmadaw) denounced the November 2020 elections as illegitimate, even though most outlets declared the National League for Democracy party (NLD) as the overwhelming winner. Military leaders…

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Community Acceptance: a cornerstone of humanitarian security risk management

Acceptance, NGO Security Management

Humanitarian security risk management (SRM) is a framework designed to reduce risks to staff, assets, and the reputation of non-governmental organisations (NGOs). These practices aim to support the continuity of NGO operations while maintaining access to beneficiaries in insecure or…

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From Hydrogeology to Security: meet GISF's longest standing member Sicko Pijpker

Communications, NGO Security Management, Training

Sicko’s journey into security could be considered unusual. Unlike many security professionals who first gained experience in the security sector through the military, Sicko began his career as a hydrogeologist. However, this expertise led him to provide clean water and…

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How to effectively advocate for aid workers’ protection?

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

At the last French National Humanitarian Conference (CNH), President Emmanuel Macron, surrounded by representatives of various French NGOs, reaffirmed his commitment to protecting aid workers. As I watched participants discussing issues from holding those who perpetrate violence against aid workers…

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