Matt Brimble of Raleigh International contributed to a recent Guardian article entitled Before you travel: pointers for new NGOs. In the article he highlights that GISF is a useful source of information for NGO security management. Read the full article and find more useful tips for first time travellers of new NGOs.
Many thanks to those who joined us for the Humanitarian Access Negotiation Skills workshop which took place in Paris on Monday 30th March. Joe Belliveau of Conflict Dynamics International facilitated an interesting and dynamic workshop, relating the 'Humanitarian Access in Situations of Armed Conflict: Handbook on the International Normative Framework' to practical examples of negotiations in the field. Please take a look at the workshop outline and the evaluation results for more information on the modules addressed during the workshop.
The Institute of Risk Management undertook a detailed survey of the risk landscape in 2007-8 and has developed a new survey to see how risk management has evolved over the past seven year period. The previous survey was undertaken provided a good insight of the then current state, as well as some of the trends emerging. The Institute of Risk Management innovation special interest group is now seeking views and insight as part of their '7-up risk survey'.
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.
Embedding with Aid Agencies: Editorial Integrity and Security Risks – Event at the Frontline Club, 10 February, London
'Embedding with Aid Agencies: Editorial Integrity and Security Risks', organised in partnership with the Frontline Club, 10 February 2015.
The UK Overseas Business Risk Joint Advisory Group is seeking feedback on their OBR country and thematic pages and the Political and Economic updates section of their website. UK-based NGOs are encouraged to participate - read on for further information!
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).
Read the latest GISF event report: Tackling Humanitarian Crises in Time: Lessons from the West Africa Ebola Responses. Key points and issues pertinent to security risk management from the address given by Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House on the 11th December 2014.
Anis Chouchane has written a second blog for GISF, addressing the question of new technologies and data protection: are humanitarian organisations ready to face security threats of the 21st century?
Take a look at the November research update to find out more! Read about the The Aid Security Monthly News Brief and the Communications Technology Knowledge Hub, as well as the Communications Technology and Humanitarian Delivery: Challenges and Opportunities for Security Risk Management paper which has recently been released.