For the third consecutive year, Lisa Reilly, GISF Executive Director, delivered a course on humanitarian security risk management (SRM) to master students of Lille’s university. Over four days, students were introduced to the meaning of SRM and its inclusion within humanitarian action. As they learned about internal as well as external threats, they had an opportunity to put themselves in the shoes of security managers, by doing risk assessment and actor mapping.
Giving them a deeper understanding of what NGOs’ SRM is really like, Lisa addressed some of the practicalities of SRM (such as costing and project planning), but also tackled some of the broader challenges facing today’s humanitarian sector, including debates around duty of care and adequate advocacy for aid workers’ security.
As a firm believer that university should facilitate links between humanitarian students and professors and humanitarian practitioners, GISF was glad to collaborate on this course.
We are now looking forward to contributing to Manchester’s Careers Day on February 12th.