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The Global Interagency Security Forum podcast began in September 2017, when GISF was known as EISF, and currently features four series. Check out our latest series, Inclusive Security.

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We are excited to release the second episode of GISF’s new Inclusive Security Podcast Series. This episode focuses on a operationalising inclusivity featuring guest speaker Araba Cole from the International Rescue Committee (IRC). This series explores inclusivity through the lens of security risk management (SRM). It can be said that inclusivity is at the heart of successful SRM. Organisations have a responsibility to provide a duty of care to all staff. They must take all reasonable measures to protect their staff from foreseeable risks, including those that emerge due to an aid worker’s personal characteristics such as, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation etc. Security professionals need to have a comprehensive understanding of how personal identities and characteristics can impact personal security. This knowledge should be integrated into security polices and approaches so that they are inclusive and effective for all. While it is important to design and create inclusive security policies and practices, operationalising inclusivity can come with challenges. What do security mangers need to know? How can they stay up to date and ultimately keep producing and designing inclusive security procedures? This podcast series explores the elements of inclusive security, what it is and what it looks like in the humanitarian context. These conversations are enriched by expert guests spanning security professionals, humanitarians, and more.

Nov 18

42 min 7 sec

We are excited to announce the upcoming official launch of GISF’s New Inclusive Security Podcast Series. We invite you to follow along and not miss an episode of this dynamic series by subscribing to The GISF Podcast on your preferred listening platform, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts. This new Inclusive Security Series explores inclusivity through the lens of security risk management (SRM). It can be said that inclusivity is at the heart of successful SRM. Organisations have a responsibility to provide a duty of care to all staff. They must take all reasonable measures to protect their staff from foreseeable risks, including those that emerge due to an aid worker’s personal characteristics such as, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation etc. Security professionals need to have a comprehensive understanding of how personal identities and characteristics can impact personal security. This knowledge should be integrated into security polices and approaches so that they are inclusive and effective for all. While it is important to design and create inclusive security policies and practices, operationalising inclusivity can come with challenges. What do security mangers need to know? How can they stay up to date and ultimately keep producing and designing inclusive security procedures? This podcast series explores the elements of inclusive security, what it is and what it looks like in the humanitarian context. These conversations are enriched by expert guests spanning security professionals, humanitarians, and more. This episode focuses on a person-centered approach featuring guest speakers, Pegah Rajabi and Jean-Philippe Kiehl. 

Sep 15

38 min 16 sec

This episode highlights the ongoing and unique challenges faced by many security managers this year. "2020 … it’s not just a year it’s a phenomenon’. Vita Peake Associate Manager of Global Security for Population Services International (PSI), aptly describes the impactful year many have experienced. From the dramatic impact of Covid-19 to the evolving intersection of gender and diversity, we take a moment and reflect on how one security manager and their team embraced the events of this year.

Dec 2020

41 min 13 sec

As security managers increasingly contend with evolving and compounding crises, at the intersection of pre-existing security risks sits a climate crisis. In this episode we speak with Emma Villard, Global Duty of Care Project Lead and Campaigns Operation Security Advisor for Green Peace International to consider the role security managers can play in better understanding, forecasting and mitigating climate change risks.

Oct 2020

39 min 19 sec

Since its inception, humanitarian security risk management has developed rapidly. In recent years, the profession has evolved from the ‘compounds and barbed wire’ activities it used to be known for, shifting to include staff safeguarding, wellbeing, digital security and more.   In 2020, a year that seems to define ‘compounding crises’, the profession has been forced to change yet again. NGO security risk managers can now add health and safety and domestic security risk management to their ever-growing repertoires.  In this episode, we speak with Andrew Kirkham, Corporate Security Manager for Christian Aid, to unpack the ever-changing trajectory of the NGO security risk management profession.

Sep 2020

38 min 19 sec

For some, the digitisation of the humanitarian sphere is a crisis. For others, it’s a door to a world of unforeseen opportunities. Whatever way you look at it, digitisation has the potential to present real risks to NGOs and their staff. After dozens of NGOs were hit by a hack on a large US fundraising database in July, the message has been clear; don’t wait until an incident happens to improve your digital security. While the scope of security risk management continues to grow, encompassing safeguarding, wellbeing and many more non-traditional components, it’s understandable that those in security roles might prefer to leave digital security to their IT colleagues. As ACT Alliance’s Global Security Advisor, James Davis, explains, with such complex security and reputational threats at play in the digital sphere, security risk managers cannot afford to put these issues on the side-lines. ‘All of us… who have anything to do with risk… really need to start looking at, not so much the technical detail around digital risk, but what are the implications of this massive digital footprint we have?’ In this episode, we explore some of the digital risks that NGOs and their staff face in the modern world, and how and why security risk managers might begin to tackle them.

Aug 2020

43 min 44 sec

In the first episode of Compounding Crises, the third GISF Podcast series, we speak to Léa Moutard, GISF’s Research Advisor. Since joining GISF in August 2019, Léa has been managing a pioneering new research project on Partnerships and Security Risk Management: from the local partner’s perspective.   In recent years, limited access and growing risks have meant that more and more international NGOs collaborate with local and national NGOs to implement humanitarian responses. With the travel restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, international NGOs’ reliance on local partners is likely to increase, while renewed attention to the localisation agenda has already been sparked.   GISF’s upcoming project places the local perspective at the forefront and is one of the first pieces of research to focus entirely on security risks within NGO partnerships. Based on a series of case studies, interviews and questionnaires, the project seeks to raise awareness of the security issues faced by local partners, challenge common understandings of ‘risk transfer’, and encourage greater dialogue on security risk management between partner organisations.   The first phase of the project, a research paper aimed at exploring the attitudes, experiences and needs of local NGOs in terms of security risk management, will be released in Autumn 2020. In 2021, a good practice guide building on the research findings will be developed to support both local and international NGOs partners in sharing responsibility for security risks.   To open GISF’s latest podcast series, in this episode, we discuss the state of security risk management within NGO partnerships, in an era of compounding crises.

Jul 2020

42 min 31 sec

In this one-off podcast, Tara Arthur, GISF’s Projects and Membership Officer (Americas) speaks to Heather Hughes, GISF’s Deputy Director. Since February, Heather has been leading GISF’s activities on COVID-19. During this short release, Tara and Heather discuss some of the challenges the humanitarian security risk management community is facing and has faced in the COVID-19 world. Prior to joining GISF, Heather worked in a range of roles within the humanitarian sector - including working as the first-ever Global Security Manager at Oxfam GB. Learn more about Heather and Tara. Look out for GISF’s new podcast series, Compounding Crises, which will begin later this summer. This podcast series explores the diverse and compounding challenges facing the humanitarian community through the lens of security risk management. Humanitarians share their perspectives and advice for navigating shifting challenges. Relevant links discussed during the episode: · GISF’s collection of COVID-19 resources are available on our website · Recovery & Wellness, COVID-19: Operating Considerations for US Based International NGOs is available now · Over the coming months, GISF will be releasing a series of modular guidance notes for security managers dealing with the impact of COVID-19 · All of GISF’s existing resources are available on our website

Jun 2020

17 min 57 sec

In this episode of the Humanitarian Incidents podcast we speak to Frances Nobes, Security Operations and Research Analyst for World Vision International. Frances discusses what we mean when we talk about ‘analysis’, why it matters, and the role incident information can play in it, as well as some of the common challenges that analysts face and ways for organisations to overcome themFrances is responsible for leading analytical support for security operations for World Vision, one of the world’s largest INGO’s, dedicated to providing life in all its fullness to over 100 million sponsored children, their families and communities in over 90 countries worldwide. Frances works with a wide range of stakeholders across multiple functions in support of key projects and conducts analysis that ensures end-to-end security capability and delivery to the field. She plays a key part in shaping and influencing areas of organisational strategic risk and readiness while also providing an interface between the World Vision security operations team and the wider humanitarian security research and analysis community.

Jan 2019

16 min 6 sec

In the fourth episode of the Humanitarian Incidents series we speak to Nour Kossaibany, security lead at the International Rescue Committee. Nour explains why keeping national staff and local partner staff safe is critical for organisations and effective programme delivery. She discusses how security risk management and incident information can support this goal. Nour works with IRC in Lebanon, where she is from, and where part of her job is humanitarian negotiation mainly to ease access and maintain safer programming.

Dec 2018

12 min 53 sec

TW: this episode contains references to sexual violence throughout.  Much information on security incidents can be considered sensitive, particularly when it relates to very personal cases, such as sexual violence. But if we are going to reduce incidents we need to know about them. In episode four of the Humanitarian Incidents podcast, Megan Nobert, founder and former Director of Report the Abuse, shares her advice on how NGOs should respond if a member of staff reports an incident of sexual violence.

Nov 2018

17 min 4 sec

In the third episode of the Humanitarian Incidents series, Leonard S. Rubenstein, Senior Scientist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Adelicia Fairbanks, Research Advisor at EISF, discuss how incident information can help advocacy. Len and Adelicia explain how security incident data can be used for advocacy purposes, including the benefits and challenges. They also provide guidance on ways in which advocacy professionals can use security incident data to support their organisation’s advocacy efforts. 

Oct 2018

27 min 52 sec

In the second episode of the Humanitarian Incidents podcast, Phil Candy, Security Advisor at Medair, discusses why his organisation adopted a robust online security incident information management system. He explains the benefits of the new system and the challenges Medair have faced its delivery. He also highlights some of the ongoing and future improvements planned for the system to increase its usability and encourage staff across Medair to report even minor incidents to create a clearer picture of its operating contexts. Finally, Phil provides some overarching advice for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) considering the adoption of a SIIM system, stressing the need to balance information sharing and confidentiality. The project is supported by the European Interagency Security Forum, Insecurity Insight and RedR UK and is funded by EU Humanitarian Aid.

Sep 2018

17 min 54 sec

In the first Humanitarian Incidents podcast, Christina Wille, Co-Director at Insecurity Insight, explains what incident information is and how it plays a vital role in non- governmental organisations (NGOs) in terms of improving security risk management but also in advocacy and project management. In the podcast, Christina also addresses common criticisms made of incident data and the reasons NGO’s often give from refusing to share information regarding the security incidents they have experienced. Finally, she discusses why is it important for organisations to share incident data and what benefits can be gained through this form of collaboration. The project is supported by the European Interagency Security Forum, Insecurity Insight and RedR UK and is funded by EU Humanitarian Aid.

Sep 2018

22 min 12 sec

Michael Kramer is the Head of the Security Section at the Crisis Management Centre of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). In this final episode of the EISF in Conversation podcast, Michael discusses the differences between security risk management for governments and NGOs, and shares his thoughts on how to write a good proposal to the Swiss FDFA.

Dec 2017

21 min 17 sec

In this episode of the EISF in Conversation podcast, Lisa Reilly, Executive Director at EISF, shares stories about how coordination can help ensure the safety and security of aid workers, and improve humanitarian access. Lisa is committed to improving humanitarian security risk management through the sharing of information and coordination between as many actors as possible. 

Dec 2017

13 min 20 sec

In the fourth EISF in Conversation podcast, we spoke to two humanitarians working in Iraq: Craige Grice, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Security Adviser, and Salah Noori, NRC Programme Adviser. They discuss the significance of security risk management in accessing those in need and the challenges that gaining access can pose for humanitarians. Finally, they consider the need to increase efforts to develop the security capacity of national staff and mitigate their exposure to security risks.

Nov 2017

16 min 30 sec

In the third episode of the EISF in Conversation podcast series, Heather Hughes, Oxfam GB’s Global Security Advisor, speaks about what security risk management means to her organisation. She highlights the benefits and importance of security risk management and challenges perception the perception that it is about being risk averse. Finally, Heather describes her responsibilities, the challenges that she faces and gives advice to those thinking about a role relating to NGO security risk management.

Oct 2017

13 min 9 sec

In the second episode of the EISF in Conversation podcast series, we sat down with Eva Svoboda, a Senior Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, to discuss the humanitarian principles and how they relate to security risk management. Eva speaks about the importance of dialogue in achieving humanitarian access and the legalities of communicating with armed non-state actors. Finally, she considers what characterises good security risk management and the possible impact of the localisation agenda.

Sep 2017

20 min 5 sec

In the first episode of the EISF in Conversation series, we speak to Loretta Minghella, CEO of Christian Aid.  We discuss why effective security risk management is so important for Christian Aid, how they have created and maintained the security culture within the organisation, and what the main drivers are for change and continuing development. 

Sep 2017

25 min 41 sec

The EISF in Conversation podcast investigates different perspectives and aspects of humanitarian security risk management. The aim is to raise awareness of security risk management, encourage a better understanding of what security risk management can achieve, and start conversations in and outside the sector. The European Interagency Security Forum (EISF) is an independent network of security focal points who represent European-based humanitarian NGOs operating internationally.

Sep 2017

2 min 23 sec