NGO Security Management Training

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       Index of Modules on NGO Security Management


Module                                     Goal     


1.    Rethinking NGO Security                                To provide an analytical framework for

                                                                             thinking about NGO security.


2. Power, Image & Security                                 To explore how power and the images that portray power affect security.


3. Image, Acceptance & Reciprocity                    How broad-based acceptance of an agency's presence and role contributes to its security.


4. Context Assessment                                         To provide participants with a basic framework to analyse the wider context of 'theatre of operations' that they are in.


5. Security Strategies                                            To provide the participants with an analytical framework about security strategies.


6. Information Management                                  To highlight the importance of discipline and measured openness with regards to security information.


7. Threat Assessment                                           Improve your ability to assess threats to

NGO personnel and property, thereby helping you make more-informed decisions about which security strategies and procedures to adopt.


8. Vulnerability Assessment                                  Improve your ability to understand the most

                                                                           likely threats your NGO - as opposed to all 

                                                                           NGOs will face in an area, and provide

insight into how to reduce the threats you may face.


9. Security Planning                                              To provide you with the concepts, principles, techniques and tools to develop a security plan.



10. Legal Protection & the Protection                   To increase security and protection for

of Civilian & Aid Workers                                    civilians and aid workers through an

                                                                            understanding of the legal framework or

                                                                            protection, and to provide an introduction

                                                                            to protection strategies.


11. Site Security                                                   To enhance the security of residential and

                                                                            work environments so that operational

                                                                            objectives can be achieved with minimal

                                                                            loss and damage to material or injury to



12. Armed Protection                                          To provide an overview of the

                                                                            considerations and issues that can inform

                                                                            decisions regarding the policy and practice

                                                                            of armed protection.


13. Vehicles & Vehicle Travel                              To minimise the risks associated with

                                                                            vehicles and vehicle travel in insecure



14. Telecommunications                                       To provide an overview of communications

                                                                           options, and to outline the necessary steps

                                                                            for initialising and maintaining a viable

communications network within  Humanitarian Aid.


15. Landmines                                                     To minimise the risks associated with

                                                                            working in mined areas or where the

                                                                            presence of landmines is possible.


16. Abductions & Hostage Taking                        To outline key aspects of a comprehensive

                                                                            agency approach towards abduction and

                                                                            hostage taking.


17. Evacuation Plan                                              To outline key aspects of a comprehensive

                                                                            agency approach to evacuation.        


18. Self Awareness & Self Management               To increase self awareness and self

                                                                            management skills and thereby reduce risk.


19. Preventing & Defusing Anger & Hostility        To learn how to prevent, defuse and

de-escalate security incidents which involve

dealing with angry and hostile people.


20. Dealing with Stress and Trauma                      To describe the process and skills needed to

                                                                            address stress and trauma experienced by

                                                                            NGO workers after a critical incident.


21. Team Management to Reduce                        To increase team functioning and thereby

Vulnerability                                                         reduce security risks.





·         Re-thinking NGO Security

·         Power, Image, and Security

·         Self Awareness

·         Preventing and Defusing Anger

·         Dealing with Stress and Trauma

·         Team Management

By Lisa Schirch and Dave Dyck; Eastern Mennonite

University, Conflict Transformation Program,

1200 Park Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22802; 540/432-4449

fax: 540/432-4449; e-mail: and


·         Context Assessment

·         Security Strategies

·         Security Information Management

·         Abduction and Hostage Taking

·         Armed Protection

By Koenraad van Brabant, Overseas Development

Institute, Portland House, Stag Place, London SW1E 5DP, UK;

+44-171-393-1674; fax: +44-171-393-1699


·         Threat Assessment

·         Vulnerability Assessment

By Jonathan Dworken, formerly at the Center for Naval

Analysis and now at USAID/OFDA


·         Legal Protection and the Protection of Civilians

and Aid Workers

By Lucy Lindale Brown, American Red Cross, 2025 E St.

NW, Washington D.C. 20006; 202/728-6644; fax: 202/

728-6437; e-mail:

·         Site Security

·         Vehicles and Vehicle Travel

·         Landmines

Jan Davis, RedR, Gt. George St., London. Drawing on documentation produced by CARE, Oxfam, Save the

Children, Aline Curran, Harian Hale, Steve Penny, and 

Jane Swan.

·         Telecommunications

By Rob Lowe; formerly of the Emergency Response Unit,

Cable and Wireless, UK. Now an independent consultant


·         Security Planning

·         Evacuation Plan


Michael O’Neill; Peace Corps, 1111 20th St., Washington,

DC 20526.