NGOs and Risk: How International Humanitarian Actors Manage Uncertainty

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In response to continually challenging operating environments for humanitarian aid, InterAction commissioned Humanitarian Outcomes to conduct a study of how the major humanitarian NGOs perceive, define and manage risks to their organizations and operations. The NGO Risk Review centered on a participant group of 14 international non-governmental organizations from among the largest and most field-present humanitarian operators.

The study examined two key principal questions:

• What do humanitarian NGOs view as the primary external risks affecting their ability to carry out principled humanitarian action?

• How do humanitarian NGOs interpret, differentiate, prioritize and manage these risks internally?