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In recent years, the threats facing aid workers delivering programmes around the world have risen significantly. This has had a negative impact on the ability of humanitarian organisations to carry out their activities.
Humanitarian organisations need context-specific information to understand the unique security concerns that put staff at risk and hinder access to beneficiary populations. This information is best gathered through the analysis of pooled humanitarian security incident data - but organisations often find they do not have access to information that would help them improve their decision-making confidence on a strategic level.
The 21-month Security Incident Information Management (SIIM) project, funded by EU Humanitarian Aid, was launched in December 2016. The project aims to tackle these issues by bringing together RedR’s capacity-building expertise and Insecurity Insight's strong track-record in humanitarian data management.
Supported by the European Interagency Security Forum, RedR UK and Insecurity Insight will work to build the capacity of NGOs to undertake speedier security-related information management and sharing, thereby strengthening humanitarian response. This is a two-step process: firstly, the benefits of good security management for programme delivery and beneficiary access need to be understood at all levels of an organisation, from decision-makers to field-based staff. This in turn will allow security management practices to be integrated into programming so that organisations have the internal reporting and monitoring mechanisms required to participate in global data-sharing.
By changing organisational attitudes towards security management, SIIM aims to increase input to the Security in Numbers Database (SiND). This database has been used in Insecurity Insight’s Aid in Danger project, which works with humanitarian agencies to pool confidential agency reports and publicly-available information on relevant incidents. This data allows them to identify trends in severe and everyday security incidents as well as incidents affecting humanitarian access.
The SIIM project seeks to benefit the humanitarian system as a whole, and will support different stakeholders of INGOs in the following ways:
By creating sector-wide standards for both collecting, sharing and using security incident information, it is hoped that this project will not only contribute to the professionalisation of the sector, but will also ensure that aid workers are better equipped to respond to humanitarian crises.
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EISF is an independent network of Security Focal Points who represent European-based humanitarian NGOs operating internationally.