EISF Articles

  • Demystifying Security Risk Management

    In an effort to support NGOs with limited resources, EISF is developing a guide, authored by Shaun Bickley, that aims to demystify security risk management. In this article for PEAR Magazine, EISF explores in more depth two elements of the security risk management framework, which will be discussed in more depth in EISF's upcoming guide: Security Risk Management: A basic guide for smaller NGOs.

  • Duty of Care: A review of the Dennis v Norwegian Refugee Council ruling and its implications

    In 2015, Steve Dennis submitted a claim at the Oslo District Court against his former employer, the NRC, for compensation for economic and non-economic loss following his kidnapping in 2012. The court concluded that the NRC acted with gross negligence in relation to this incident and found the NRC to be liable for compensation towards Dennis. This paper reflects on the court case and what lessons can be drawn from the court’s ruling for the international aid sector.

  • Organisational risk management in high-risk programmes: the non-medical response to the Ebola outbreak

    Issue 64 of the Humanitarian Exchange Magazine, published by the Humanitarian Practice Network, focuses on the Ebola crisis in West Africa. In their article for the magazine, EISF Executive Coordinator Lisa Reilly and EISF Researcher Raquel Vazquez Llorente look at the organisational risk management capabilities of non-medical humanitarian agencies responding to the Ebola outbreak, and how they adapted their risk management policies in a high-risk programme in a low-risk context.

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    Whose risk is it anyway? Linking operational risk thresholds and organisational risk management

    Article by Oliver Behn and Madeleine Kingston, European Interagency Security Forum (EISF) June 2010

  • Incident Statistics in Aid Worker Safety and Security Management

    Why are incident statistics important for aid organisations, what are the important considerations when using statistics, and how can they best be produced?

  • Managing Aid Agency Security in an Evolving World: The Larger Challenge

    This EISF Article considers security management by international aid agencies against the realities of an evolving wider world. It describes the broad challenge of ‘acceptance’ which stretches far beyond the management capacity of security personnel, and thus requires a deep internal questioning within each organisation. The focus is very much on the primarily ‘Western’ aid agencies that still dominate global aid provision.

  • Risk transfer through hardening mentalities?

    In light of the attacks against the United Nations in both Peshawar and Kabul in autumn 2009, the UN has decided to "harden" itself as a target, using a protection-based strategy to reduce the vulnerability of its staff. But to what degree will this simply transfer risk to NGOs, who do not have similar resources available, and who regardless rely on acceptance-based strategies?