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CRISIS AND SECURITY MANAGEMENT

Date: 10 - 14 June 2013 

Length: 5 days

Location: Islamabad,…

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Added by redr uk on April 26, 2013 at 1:13am — No Comments

ELECTION PREPAREDNESS SAFETY AND SECURITY

Date: 29 - 30 Apr 2013 

Length: 2 days

Location: Islamabad, Pakistan

Residential: No

About the course:

The pre-election period in Pakistan is likely to see a…

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Added by redr uk on April 26, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

DRIVER SAFETY AND FIRST AID

Date: 28 - 30 May 2013 

Length: 3 days

Location: Islamabad, Pakistan

Residential: No

Road Traffic Accidents (RTA) within aid agencies have been posing serious threats to the safety and security of…

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Added by redr uk on April 26, 2013 at 12:55am — No Comments

ELECTION PREPAREDNESS SAFETY AND SECURITY

Date: 2 - 3 May 2013 

Length: 2 days

Location: Islamabad, Pakistan

Residential: No

About the course:

The pre-election period in Pakistan is likely to see a…

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Added by redr uk on April 26, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments

TERROR IN TRIPOLI: MILITANTS CAPITALISE ON LIBYA’S DISJOINTED SECURITY SYSTEM

(Image provided by Inkerman personnel)

A sense of anxiety permeates the air in Libya, with citizens and foreign nationals expressing unease over the Maghreb nation’s deteriorating security condition. As can be expected, Libyans remain apprehensive with regard to the ability of the government to safeguard residents following another high-profile attack in a major city. This time, however, the attack did not occur in…

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Added by Cassie Blombaum on April 24, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

LIBYA’S KIDNAP CONUNDRUM: A REVISIT

(Note:  This is part two in a series that analyses the risk of kidnaps in Libya)

When undertaking an operation as ambitious as physically rooting out wayward militias in Libya, a few ‘security snags’ are expected to pop up along the way.

Indeed, as the Maghreb nation’s government-backed forces…

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Added by Cassie Blombaum on April 19, 2013 at 5:57am — No Comments

BRAZIL AND ANGOLA: THE OTHER SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP

One adage that often comes to mind when discussing the relationship between Angola and Brazil arises from the legendary words of an old friar by the name of Gonçalo João. According to historical tradition, in 1646 João, a Jesuit missionary, announced quite simply that “there is no Brazil without Angola”. Sadly, however, João was not referencing the “special relationship” in the vein of the purported economic, security and cultural ties described between that of…

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Added by Cassie Blombaum on April 15, 2013 at 9:16am — No Comments

ROGUE MILITIAS EXPELLED IN LIBYA AS “OPERATION TRIPOLI” INTENSIFIES

The Libyan Government appears to be ‘making good’ on its endless string of promises to finally remove troublesome militias in the capital, as security forces continued with day four of “Operation Tripoli” on 19 March 2013. The operation is part of a concerted effort to dismantle illegitimate armed groups within the city, a top priority for authorities in post-revolutionary Libya who have grown weary over the apparent refusal of some armed groups to relinquish…

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Added by Cassie Blombaum on March 19, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

MALI: SLAYING THE HYDRA OF THE SAHEL

Mali’s Islamist rebels may have been backed into a corner, but that does not mean the fighting is over. In what has been deemed a ‘triumph’ for Western and African intervention in the Sahel nation’s militant-prone north, earlier this month sources confirmed that al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)’s number two man, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, was found dead following a French-led bombing raid in the Ifoghas mountains.

The news…

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Added by Cassie Blombaum on March 15, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

CAMEROON KIDNAP: DAMNED IF YOU DO, DAMNED IF YOU DON'T

Africa has long been known as the quandary of international intervention, and if the recent kidnapping of a French family by Boko Haram militants in Cameroon is any indication, that ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ approach to foreign involvement is unlikely to change. Aside from solidifying France’s reputation as having the most citizens held hostage abroad – a staggering fifteen are currently detained in Africa alone – the horrifying abduction also…

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Added by Cassie Blombaum on March 5, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

NEVER AGAIN: KENYA TRIBAL TENSIONS MAY RISE FOLLOWING ELECTIONS

Although most leaders from the international community remain transfixed on the situation developing in Mali, on the other side of the continent, a more optimistic picture is emerging from the East African state of Kenya. Upwards of 14 million people are expected to head to the polls today, 04 March 2013, to cast their ballots for six different positions, including the highly coveted role of president. It is this contest, which will see eight different candidates…

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Added by Cassie Blombaum on March 4, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

TUNISIA’S TUMULTUOUS TROIKA: THE NEXT CHAPTER

The country that ‘started it all’ – the so-called “Arab Spring”, that is – is at it again: another round of mass demonstrations and another government on the brink of collapse. So far Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali has been unable to fulfil his vow to oversee the formation of a new government, a move which has interestingly failed to come to fruition in large part due to his own Islamist political party, Ennahda. Indeed, Ennahda, which maintains the lion’s share of…

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Added by Cassie Blombaum on February 15, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

LIBYA AND THE KIDNAP SPIKE

Libya has once again found itself in the media spotlight this month, but unfortunately, for all of the wrong reasons. In the past year, the Maghreb nation has generally received accolades from media professionals, with journalists styling the country as a model for would-be revolutionary states. Its relatively quick eight-month uprising culminating in the death of a reviled dictator paved the way for a peaceful and…

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Added by Cassie Blombaum on February 8, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Mali Security Survey

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFhDbVdyZGIzV1ZyVFBaRnFuOWF4TWc6MQ#gid=0

Mali Security Collaboration Survey

Please  take the survey below to assist in identifying what resources are availible/needed in the Mali security context.

Please participate if you have…
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Added by John Schafer on January 30, 2013 at 11:37am — No Comments

Re-thinking security management for the humanitarian sector

The safety and protection of humanitarian workers is quickly rising up the agenda as the number of recorded incidents involving these brave individuals increases year-on-year.

 

International NGO and humanitarian staff are often placed in some of the most volatile and dangerous locations on earth. They deliver aid with only a fraction of the training or safety protocols afforded to the highly trained and well-equipped military personnel with whom they often work…

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Added by James Cartmell on January 29, 2013 at 7:02am — No Comments

Aid Worker Security Report Infographic

Added by Ebe Brons on January 17, 2013 at 3:31am — No Comments

Gender Security: Knowledge is Key

by Ellen Peralta

 

When a friend of mine recently set off for a year-long placement with an Non-Governmental Organization in Mexico, I found myself worrying about her safety and security during her year away. I worried that she may be harmed, for one reason or another, while working abroad in a potentially unstable environment. And, like many loved ones and friends of NGO employees before me, I worried about the fact that she was a woman.

 

After I began to…

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Added by Robert Macpherson on July 10, 2012 at 10:07am — No Comments

Rash Assistance Service Hotline: RESCUE 117

The Rash Assistance Service Hotline (RASH) or officially called Rescue 117, is a civic, non-profit and service-oriented non-government organization with its main headquarters in Sariaya, Quezon, Philippines and two active chapters in Bulacan and Cavite provinces. It was founded by the over-all chairman Mr. Rolando M. Ilao 12 years ago, with the support and encouragement of its members and volunteers who are service-dedicated individuals.

The Bulacan Chapter has been…

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Added by Onofre M. Poonin on July 2, 2012 at 5:26am — 1 Comment

Corruption Risk Management: A Call to Action for Donors and their Non-Governmental Organization Recipients

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are often at the forefront of international aid delivery, acting as both manager and distributor of aid funds. NGOs, through funding by donor organizations, work to improve the quality of life for their target beneficiaries rather than for profit, often in dangerous and volatile parts of the world. Despite their altruistic efforts, it is crucial that donor organizations recognize that even NGOs are not immune to fraud and…

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Added by Robert Macpherson on June 27, 2012 at 3:47pm — No Comments

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