HNPW & GISF | A Person Centred Approach to Security Risk Management: Benefits and challenges
|4 May 2022
|3:00 pm — 4:30 pm CEST |9:00 am—10:30 am EDT
There is a growing discussion within humanitarian security risk management (SRM) about the importance of a ‘person-centred approach (PCA)’. While to some this seems like an unnecessary statement, for many it provides an opportunity to highlight that effective SRM must consider the needs of the individual, as an individual, and not based on a ‘generic aid worker’. Why is this important?
One of the biggest challenges faced within the humanitarian sector is the turnover of staff. A problem exacerbated when staff do not have their basic needs met, which, from Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, includes safety and security. When informed consent ensures that everyone understands what threats they face because of their individual characteristics, the more trust they will have in the organisation to look after them, and the more effective they will be in completing their given tasks.
This session will look at what a person-centred approach in security risk management looks like in practice. With case studies presented by both NGOs and the UN to demonstrate some of the benefits and challenges faced by both NGOs and UN in implementing this approach.
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