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HNPW & GISF | Complete session summaries, resources and recordings 2023

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16 June 2023
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HNPW & GISF | Complete session summaries, resources and recordings 2023

Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW)

The Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW) is the annual event of the LEP (leading-edge programme) and the largest event of its kind. Every year, the HNPW brings together more than 2000 experts in crisis preparedness and response from over 350 organisations and countries. The HNPW provides a unique forum for humanitarian networks and partnerships to meet and address key humanitarian issues. One of the largest humanitarian events of its kind, it gathers participants from the UN, NGOs, Member States, the private sector, the military, academia and beyond to discuss and solve common challenges in humanitarian affairs.

The HNPW 2023 was held in a hybrid format from 17 to 28 April 2023 (17-21 April remote, 24-28 April face-to-face at the CICG in Geneva). GISF hosted sessions across the whole two weeks.


This year, GISF partnered with UNHCR on Integrating Security Risk Management Across Humanitarian Action as part of the HNPW. Bringing together experts from across the aid world, GISF co-hosted seven virtual and face-to-face sessions in partnership with different actors such as the UNDSS, Women for Women International, Duty of Care International, World Vision, as well as independent consultants.

We welcomed all humanitarians to join our sessions and discuss how to keep aid workers safe and facilitate access to affected communities. SRM impacts all aspects of humanitarian action, and together, we will improve communication and coordination across the sector and identify how SRM must adapt to face current challenges.

This year’s GISF-led HNPW sessions were:
(1) Human Resources and Security Risk Management,
(2) Diverse Careers Within Security Risk Management,
(3)  Building Better Together, Saving Lives Together: Nigeria Case Study 
(4) Organisational Culture and Power,
(5) Inclusion in SRM: Putting Theory into Practice,
(6) Interactive Security Training,
(7) Does the Triple Nexus Compromise Security Risk Management in Fragile Contexts?.

The above session descriptions, additional resources and recordings are now available, and can be accessed in full detail by downloading the document on the left.

GISF facilitated two more sessions:

(8) Building a Collaborative Security Network,

(9) How can Donors Better Support Staff Safety and Security for Humanitarian Personnel?.

These two sessions were closed and thus there are no additional resources or recordings available.

Below are links to the live session recordings for each session.


Securing aid worker safety through effective budgeting

In this article for the Crisis Response Journal, Aisling Sweeney, GISF's Communications Officer, puts forward the case for remodelling funding processes for humanitarian security risk management.