Ebe Brons's Blog (9)

Unexpected situations and hidden crisis management talent

The phone rang, loud and persistent. The members of the crisis team looked expectantly at one another. Who was going to answer it?

That was shortly after we heard that Alex had missed last night’s curfew and didn’t return to the compound. The guards, dozing in the tropical African heat, had failed to report anything amiss. It was several hours before anyone noticed that Alex was not in his room. So where was he?

It wasn’t long before we found out. One of the local boys heard a…

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Added by Ebe Brons on June 19, 2017 at 6:04am — No Comments

Bleasure: Why not?

Imagine this: you're on a business trip in an exotic location and you're longing for a vacation. Your flight and hotel are already paid for, so would it be so bad to stay for a few more days? It's just a matter of working hard for a couple of days, then it's time to relax and sip cocktails by the pool! Who wouldn't…

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Added by Ebe Brons on June 7, 2017 at 3:00am — No Comments

Active Groups in Lebanon & Syria

In fall 2016, a small group of interns from the Hague University of Applied Sciences started a research project at CSD on active (armed) groups in Lebanon and Syria. The team consists out of four students; Nadia Ben Hadj, Rita Auro, Ritesh…

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Added by Ebe Brons on April 4, 2017 at 3:21am — No Comments

Simson Security Management System, nine years of development

By Ebe Brons, INSSA Board Member and CEO of Centre for Safety and Development**

Nine years ago we, Arjen Joosse who works for World Vision and Ebe Brons from Centre for Safety and Development, started the Simson system***. Our idea was to develop a system in which NGOs can share their security incidents. The goal of the system: saving the lives of aid…

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Added by Ebe Brons on December 12, 2014 at 7:42am — No Comments

NGO Security Incident Reporting; Towards a “Just Culture” (Part I)

NGO Security Incident Reporting; Towards a “Just Culture” (Part I)

Written by: Ebe Brons, Director Centre for Safety and Development, ebe@centreforsafety.org

 

“The single greatest impediment to error prevention … is that we punish people for making mistakes.” Dr. Lucian Leape, Professor, Harvard School of Public Health

 

Getting security incidents reported within NGOs is incredibly difficult. Many NGO managers are aware that…

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Added by Ebe Brons on October 17, 2013 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Aid Worker Security Report Infographic

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

Ushahidi

Ushahidi is a fast growing and very interesting way of mapping data. This can be of interest for NGO Security Managers. The following text is taken from the Ushahidi website:

 

"Ushahidi", which means "testimony" in Swahili, was a website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. Since then, the name "Ushahidi" has come to represent the people behind the "Ushahidi Platform".…

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Added by Ebe Brons on September 2, 2011 at 10:28am — No Comments

Aid Workers Security Report 2011

This month Humanitarian Outcomes published the "Aid Workers Security Report 2011". The report was produced by Humanitarian Outcomes AWSD Research Team; Abby Stoddard, Adele Harmer and Katherine Haver.



Key Findings:

- The past two years show a downturn in violence against aid workers that spiked in a small number of conflict contexts beginning in 2006 and peaking in 2008.

-The recent decline in attacks is mainly due to the shrinking presence of international aid…

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Added by Ebe Brons on September 2, 2011 at 10:20am — No Comments

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