HNPW & GISF | Fixing the blind spot: Private security contracting in the humanitarian sector
|12 May 2022
|9:00 am — 10:00 am CEST |3:00 am—4:00 am EDT
Private security has never been on the agenda of humanitarian conferences, yet the use of private security companies by aid agencies is a growing phenomenon and should be a matter of concern for security and operational managers as well as for humanitarian donors.
In the not-so-distant past, international aid agencies used to manage their security much more through dialogue, negotiated access, and trust-building with the communities, local authorities, and armed actors in the areas where they were operating. But UN and NGO clients alike now pay security companies dozens of millions and it can make up a fair percentage of their overall spending in some of the most dangerous countries. Contracting PSPs may create serious concerns in terms of adhesion to humanitarian principles, leading to risks for the security, reputation, and acceptance of humanitarian organisations.
Are humanitarian actors equipped to make informed decisions when contracting PSPs?
Panelists will discuss the findings of a recent joint research by the ICoCA and GISF Private security contracting in the humanitarian sector: time to take responsibility“”. They will also come with recommendations for humanitarian actors, their donors and the private security sector.
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