About us

EISF Goal: to have a positive impact on NGO humanitarian security risk management to achieve sustainable access for populations in need.

EISF is an independent network of security focal points who represent humanitarian NGOs operating internationally. EISF is committed to improving the safety and security of operations and staff, strengthening humanitarian security risk management, to allow greater access to, and impact for, crisis-affected populations.

As an NGO-led forum, the EISF hub reflects the needs of our members and the broader humanitarian security risk management network.

Strategic Objectives

The EISF Secretariat works in collaboration with its Members to produce original research, arrange biannual forum meetings and regular workshops and facilitate information sharing between members and the wider NGO community. EISF also acts as a resource for others interested in security risk management in the humanitarian sector; therefore if you think there are opportunities for collaboration or if we might be able to assist you or your organisation, please contact us.

The strategic objectives of EISF are to:

  1. Act as peer to peer support network to facilitate and encourage information sharing and networking
  2. Be a global centre of excellence on humanitarian security risk management
  3. Be the voice for SRM practitioners within the aid sector and more broadly
  4. Build security risk management capacity across the global international aid sector

History

EISF began in 2006 as an initiative of security managers from several European NGOs, creating an informal alliance for information-sharing. The independent EISF network was formalised with the appointment of a part-time Coordinator in early 2008, based in Save the Children UK. The Secretariat has since grown to seven staff members and is currently hosted by one of our Member organisations, Christian Aid. The strategic direction of EISF is overseen on behalf of the Members by a Steering Group of up to nine representatives.

How EISF works

EISF is an independent network of Security Focal Points, with 107 Members (as of November 2019). It is governed by a Steering Group of up to nine representatives of Member organisations. The Secretariat has seven staff: the Executive Director, Deputy Director, Projects and Membership Officer, Operations Support Coordinator, Research Advisor, Communications Officer and Administrator.

The delivery of the EISF aim is facilitated by the Secretariat but EISF Members (full and associate) recognise that the success of EISF is dependent on the willingness of its Members to co-operate with one another on security risk management. Members are encouraged to participate on EISF_Chat, share information, attend workshops and the bi-annual Forums, participate in EISF research and respond to questions surrounding best practice in humanitarian security and risk management.

Also contributing to EISF is a wider network of individuals who receive the open-source information we share, and proactively input into the discussion on security risk management and related topics in the humanitarian sector. This network includes aid workers, UN staff, civil servants, academic researchers, security consultants and many other professionals.

EISF also supports and works with other bodies to improve sustainable access through security risk management. For example: NGO coordination networks such as security coordination groups in several countries including the Netherlands, Spain and the UK as well as at Regional level; Non-security specific NGO coordination groups such as InterAction in the US and ONGD in Portugal; Broader sector coordination and collaborative bodies such as the UN and NGO Saving Lives Together Oversight Committee, and the IASC Task Force for principled humanitarian action; Academic projects such as ATHA based at Harvard; Working groups on issues of concern to our members, such as the British Red Cross-led NGO Military Contact Group.

Funding

EISF is currently funded by the Office for US Foreign Disaster Assistance, Department for International Development, UK, the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and member contributions. EISF has an annual income of approximately £400,000.

Steering Group

The strategic direction of EISF is led by EISF’s Steering Group. The Steering Group, which is composed out of u to nine member organisations reflecting the diverse EISF Membership, and consists of representatives from both large and small, secular and faith-based NGOs based all over Europe. The current Steering Group Members are:

  • Andrew Kirkham | Christian Aid
  • Candice Roggeveen | Tearfund
  • David Napier | Goal
  • Fredrik Pålsson | Danish Refugee Council (Chair)
  • Matthias Wagner | GIZ
  • Nicolas Pilet | Oxfam Intermon
  • Phil Candy | Medair
  • Vincent Hoedt | MSF-OCA

EISF is a humanitarian network committed to improving the safety and security of relief operations and staff, and strengthening humanitarian security risk management to allow greater access to and impact for crisis-affected populations