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11 Jan 2019 description

By Gonzalo de Palacios | EISF publication

This article briefly explores the technological platforms non-governmental organisations (NGOs) use to access and share security-related information, particularly focusing on internal incident reporting software.

09 Oct 2018 description

Executive Summary

An aid worker’s personal security is impacted by the interplay between where the aid worker is, who they are, and their role and organisation. As employers, aid organisations have a duty of care to take all reasonable measures to protect their staff from foreseeable risks, including those that emerge due to an aid worker’s personal characteristics – for example, biological sex, gender, ethnicity, cognitive and physical abilities, sexual orientation, etc.

11 Jun 2018 description



La gestion de l’information issue des incidents de sécurité (GIIS) est la collecte, la notification, l’enregistrement, l’analyse, le partage et l’utilisation des informations (y compris les données) liées à un incident de sécurité. La gestion de l’information issue des incidents de sécurité est un élément clé de la gestion globale des risques de sécurité d’une organisation, qui vise à renforcer sa sécurité organisationnelle afin d’améliorer son accès aux populations dans le besoin.

11 Jun 2018 description


Acerca de este manual

La gestión de información sobre incidentes de seguridad (GIIS) es la recopilación, el reporte, el registro, el análisis, el intercambio y uso de información (datos incluidos) vinculada con un incidente de seguridad. La gestión de información sobre incidentes de seguridad es un elemento crucial de una gestión de riesgos de seguridad más amplia en una organización, dirigida a respaldar la seguridad organizativa para así mejorar en última instancia el acceso a poblaciones necesitadas.

29 May 2018 description

Rationale and methods to share information, speak out, and challenge impunity in cases of violence against humanitarian action

ATHA is pleased to share a new professional _Toolkit for Responding to Attacks against Humanitarian Action on the Policy Level._ The purpose of the Toolkit is to offer guidance to humanitarian actors for responding to violence against humanitarian action, in order to promote a more protective environment for the provision of humanitarian aid to civilians.

13 Sep 2017 description
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About this handbook

Security incident information management (SIIM) is the collection, reporting, recording, analysis, sharing and use of information (including data) linked to a security incident.
Security incident information management is a key part of an organisation’s broader security risk management, which aims to support organisational security in order to ultimately improve access to populations in need.

17 Aug 2017 description

This blog was written by Adelicia Fairbanks, EISF Research Advisor.

The global debates currently surrounding humanitarian action and its future are being discussed widely in numerous fora and changes are already being felt in many parts of the world: from the localisation agenda to climate change; from counter-terrorism efforts to the growing perception that the world is increasingly more dangerous for aid workers. Humanitarian access is undoubtedly affected by all of these, offering aid workers new challenges to reach those most in need.

29 Jun 2017 description

This guide aims to be a simple, easy-to-use security resource to help smaller NGOs demystify security risk management. By setting out the elements of a basic security risk management framework, this guide aims to support NGOs in translating their duty of care obligations into key processes and actions that will not only enhance their national and international staff security but also improve their organisation’s reputation and credibility. Although the guide is intended to be applicable to both national and international NGOs, some elements may be more relevant to one or the other.

26 Jun 2017 description

This blog was written by Hélène Cardona, EISF Projects and Membership Officer.

On the 23rd and 24th of March, 76 people working on or interested in NGO security risk management met in Brussels for the EISF Forum. This included 50 EISF members representing 48 member organisations, guests, speakers and the EISF Secretariat. EISF has two forums each year for its members, and this was the biggest EISF has ever organised.

18 May 2017 description

This op-ed was written by Gonzalo de Palacios. The opinions expressed in this op-ed belong to the author and do not reflect the opinions of the European Interagency Security Forum (EISF) or any employee thereof.

Traditionally, many NGOs have used security level systems to adapt their operations to the evolving context. Through the use of social, political, security or other types of indicators, security managers are able to increase or decrease the security level and act accordingly.

07 Apr 2017 description

Social unrest marked Congo’s 2016 political climate. Such unrest was the result of the failure to organize the presidential election, which was scheduled for November. On the security front, violent fighting between a local militia in the central provinces, as well as a series of massacres in the Beni territory (in the east), were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians, in addition to material damage. The following document gives a projection of the main issues to watch during the year ahead.

28 Mar 2017 description

People management and security risk management

Good people management could be described as getting the best results from an employee in a healthy and safe way. People are our most valuable resource and if we believe happy, secure and motivated employees are more likely to be engaged, committed and productive, it makes good business sense to support employees well and to provide them with a healthy and safe working environment.

08 Mar 2017 description

Published: March 8, 2017 | By Adelicia Fairbanks

03 Mar 2017 description

Published: March 3, 2017 | By Megan Nobert

Megan Nobert is a Canadian legal professional and academic specialised in international criminal law and human rights. She is also a humanitarian, having worked in in the Gaza Strip, Jordan and South Sudan on issues of humanitarian law, protection and gender-based violence. Megan is currently based in Geneva, Switzerland, as Founder and Director of Report the Abuse, the first global NGO to work solely on the issue of sexual violence against humanitarian aid workers.

16 Feb 2017 description

Published: February 16, 2017 | By Nick Hanson-James

08 Nov 2016 description

The ‘Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces’ (DCAF) was established in 2000 as an international foundation whose mission is to assist the international community in pursuing good governance and reform of the security sector (SSR). DCAF’s work is underpinned by the acknowledgement that security, development and the rule of law are essential preconditions for sustainable peace.