International Law and Policy

  • Engaging Private Security Providers: A Guideline for Non-Governmental Organisations

    This briefing paper provides guidelines that offer an approach for assessing the viability of involvement of PSPs by NGOs.

  • Engager les services d’Entreprises de sécurité privées: Orientations à l’intention des organisations non gouvernementales

    Ces orientations ont pour objet d’aider les ONG humanitaires à prendre une décision en connaissance de cause sur quand, comment et dans quelles conditions, recourir aux services d’une ESP. Ces orientations sont destinées aux responsables opérationnels des ONG au niveau du siège et du terrain. Ces orientations ne couvrent pas uniquement des activités de surveillance ou de protection armées, mais peuvent être appliquées à une gamme plus étendue de services assurés par les ESP.

  • Risk Management Toolkit in Relation to Counterterrorism Measures

    This toolkit is intended to contribute to an increased understanding of the connection between counterterrorism measures and humanitarian action

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    Published 2014-05-23 18:57:16

    “Saving Lives Together”: a review of existing NGO and United Nations security coordination practices in the field

    The Saving Lives Together (SLT) is a framework for improving security arrangements among IGOs, NGOS and the UN in the field and was launched by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Task Force on Collaborative Approaches to Security in 2006. The Menu of Options, developed in 2001 by the UN Inter-Agency standing Committee (IASC) and the Office of the UN Security Coordinator, was the first step to formalising security coordination between INGOs and the UN.
    The report reviews the existing NGO and UN security coordination mechanisms and practices in the field, and is based on two online surveys that were shared through the EISF network, as well as interviews of international and national staff of a variety of NGOs and staff members of the UN in eight countries.

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    Published 2016-11-07 17:57:46

    Greater Accountability and Respect for Human Rights: A Contract Guidance Tool for Private Security Services

    As an NGO, do you hire or are you considering hiring a private security company (PSC) to ensure the security of your operations? Do you implement guidelines for the hiring of private security services? How do you select a PSC? Does the contract include respect for human rights? DCAF is developing a practical Contract Guidance Tool to support humanitarian NGOs, as well as states, international organisations and other clients to include human rights-based considerations in their contracting of PSCs.

    DCAF believes your insights and experiences can help inform other clients in similar circumstances. Contact DCAF at to get involved in this project: share your experiences and good practices, discuss what tools and guidance would be useful for you, or give DCAF feedback on their Contract Guidance Tool.

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    Published 2016-12-22 15:00:07

    Counter-terrorism Legislation and NGO Security Risk Management

    In November, EISF attended a two-part expert roundtable at Chatham House that discussed the challenges NGOs face when working with non-state armed groups, in particular given the impact of counter-terrorism legislation. This is a brief summary of the key points raised and some of the implications counter-terrorism legislation has on the security risk management of NGOs.