EISF launches new guide: Abduction and Kidnap Risk Management

Published: November 9, 2017

Abduction and Kidnap Risk Management CoverAbductions are the most complex and challenging type of critical incident an organisation can face, so it is vital to be prepared for them. Despite the many important variations, some principles and practices apply to almost all abduction management scenarios.

Abduction has emerged as a real risk in an increasing number of contexts in which non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are operating. Therefore, building or strengthening appropriate abduction management capacity is regarded as a priority by many aid agencies implementing programmes in these areas.

Most abductions involving aid workers end in the safe release of hostages. However, the risk remains that hostages may be killed by their abductors or during rescue operations, as several cases over the past years – some highly publicised – illustrate. Even the successful resolution of an abduction may have grave consequences for the impacted organisation, for example, by affecting its reputation.

This guide is designed to provide a concise summary of key information for organisations facing the threat of a potential or actual abduction of one of their staff members or other individuals under their responsibility, for example, consultants or volunteers.

The ‘Abduction and Kidnap Risk Management Guide’ is aimed at NGO staff in headquarters, regional and field offices who are likely to be involved in leading, planning and providing crisis management before, during and after an abduction.

This guide builds on the EISF briefing papers ‘Crisis Management of Critical Incidents’ and ‘Abduction Management’, and should be read in conjunction with the EISF guides ‘Managing the Message: Communication and Media Management in a Crisis’ and ‘Family First: Liaison and Support During a Crisis’.

If you would like more information or a copy, please contact Adelicia via eisf-research@eisf.eu.