Becoming a Member

Why become a Member?

EISF members enjoy access to a network of security risk management-conscious organisations working in the humanitarian sector. With an active membership of more than 100 NGOs, there are numerous opportunities to get involved and engage with others. Members meet and network at biannual EISF Forum meetings and frequent workshops, as well as exchanging information on contextual or policy issues virtually through teleconferences and via e-mail.

A non-exhaustive list services which EISF offers to Members:

  • Bi-annual forums: Each year, EISF organises two forums for Members, generally in the Spring and Autumn, where the EISF Membership is invited to meet and discuss current issues in security risk management with each other as well as invited external experts. The forums are furthermore an excellent networking opportunity for all members.
  • EISF_Chat: Is an online chat facility, allowing members to directly communicate across the membership and with the secretariat. The chat facility is used for direct and targeted questions about security risk management, sharing useful documents, providing feedback and updates on specific contexts or content area in designated groups (for example: Yemen, Ethiopia Digital Security, Human Rights, etc.).
  • Ad-hoc questions, information sharing and support: The Secretariat acts as a resource for members on any issues relating to security risk management, therefore members can raise any security risk management related questions, which the secretariat will endeavour to answer directly, through its contacts or through other members. Furthermore relevant documents, articles and information on sector initiatives are shared by the secretariat. EISF offers to advertise security-related vacancies and consultancies on the EISF website
  • Workshops: EISF organises a number of workshops each year. The workshops are targeted at various organisational staff involved in security risk management, not exclusively at the organisation’s Security Focal Point. Because of its growing membership EISF is increasing its virtual engagement with members through webinars, and more.
  • Research: EISF’s centre of excellence provides leadership and best practices on humanitarian security risk management through the development of original research and publications. EISF produces practical guides, papers, articles and blog posts on topics identified by Members as valuable for their organisational security risk management. EISF’s centre of excellence also aims to be a thought leader within the aid sector by undertaking research that challenges existing thinking and practice in humanitarian security risk management. See the EISF website for the complete catalogue of EISF research.

View the full directory of EISF members.

Types of Membership and Membership Criteria

EISF has two types of Membership: Full and Associate.

Full membership is open to organisations meeting the following criteria:

  1. Not for-profit NGOs which:
  2. Manage, and are responsible for, staff and significant humanitarian programme activities in several countries;
  3. Are committed to the Code of Conduct of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief;
  4. Have a security focal point who can represent them within EISF;
  5. Are sponsored by two existing members of EISF;
  6. Agree to comply with the EISF information-sharing policy.

Associate membership is extended to those organisations which meet criteria 3-6 above and have similar interests regarding staff safety and security in multiple countries. For example:

  1. Red Cross movement agencies with a presence or activities in the field;
  2. Relevant donor security focal points;
  3. Humanitarian non-for-profit representational or lobby groups;
  4. Not-for profit NGOs implementing Human Rights-based programmes.

All applications for full and associate membership are reviewed and approved by the EISF Steering Group.

Membership Fees

EISF member organisations are asked to pay an annual subscription fee to ensure the Forum’s sustainability. The fee structure has five tiers based on the average annual income of Member organisations. EISF aims to remain inclusive and will consider options for organisations unable to pay the required fee.

From 2013, NGOs with 4 or more ‘sister organisations’ currently acting as Members of EISF may avail of a 15% discount on their Membership fee. Any organisation joining after the first bi-annual Forum will be charged 50% of the total fee.

Annual Income Membership Fee (2020)
<EUR 5 million EUR 345
EUR 5 million- EUR 15 million EUR 690
EUR 15 million – EUR 40 million EUR 1,390
EUR 40 million – EUR 100 EUR 2,195
> EUR 100 million EUR 2,920

Documents related to Membership of EISF

About EISF 2020

EISF – Information Sharing Policy and Protocols

New Members Registration Form

EISF Terms of Reference

Please note that by submitting the membership registration form you agree, that on confirmation of membership, to abide by the Terms of Reference and Information Sharing Policy. For more information about becoming a member please contact the Executive Director or Projects and Membership Officer

Other ways of working with EISF

Business Partnership Programme (BPP)  is an opportunity for corporations to make a meaningful and sustainable impact across multiple organisations and programmes by supporting EISF financially. This partnership offers organisations the opportunity to meet and go beyond standard Corporate Social Responsibility, add tangible value to communities globally, and showcase that trusts as well as safety and security of people is a priority for your company.

To find out more about the Business Partnership Programme, click here or contact the EISF Executive Director.

Don’t think your organisation fits the criteria for membership?

Please get in touch! EISF links with other organisations in many different ways; our Members appreciate the opinions and input of think tanks, human rights organisations, development-focused NGOs, business and government. Whilst your organisation may not be eligible for EISF Membership, there may be interesting ways in which we could collaborate.

Some European countries have their own NGO security coordination forum with different membership criteria. If you would like to connect with similar organisations in your own country, please contact the Secretariat and we will put you in touch where we can.

Anyone with an interest in security risk management can sign up for open-source EISF articles and blogs. Signing up allows users to receive regular e-mails, including short articles on topical issues, information on research being undertaken by the Secretariat and others, as well as updates on security trainings and vacancies in the sector.

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