Aid in Danger Incident Trends - Diverse Staff Member Profiles, January 2017- June 2018
A person’s security can be affected by his/her ethnicity, ethical or religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or role within an organisation among other things. Each staff member has his/her own specific profile, and each profile will result in different risk levels, depending on the context in which a staff member works.
Employers in the aid sector should put in place reasonable procedures and systems that improve the security of all their staff, while being mindful of their diversity. The first step towards such a policy is awareness of how personal characteristics affect security risks. Past incidents are one of the ways to identify specific risk profiles.
This overview document presents available information on incidents where an aid worker’s1 or beneficiary’s personal profile2 was the primary reason for the incident taking place. The report is based on incidents identified by Insecurity Insight's monitoring of open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND) between January 2017 and June 2018.
The available information does not give a comprehensive overview of how personal characteristics affect risk. Most incident reports do not disaggregate beyond gender and nationality. The low number of reported incidents (5) highlights how few cases are reported through existing structures.
The available information is shared to highlight the need for greater awareness within organisations of personal risk factors and how they may affect staff security.