Following my completion of the Security Management course, we have since put two of our other programmes team on the same course. On top of that, RedR’s Security Team have supported us as we developed our security policy and individual country security plans. RedR has also facilitated crisis simulations with our Senior Management Team. Over four years we have conducted two of these and they have proved extremely useful in stress-testing our processes and response. Our security approach is now robust enough that our partners often ask us for our policies and country plans as examples for them to use in the field!
While I think RedR's courses are professionally run, using appropriate and effective training methodologies, I think the added value lies in a) the experience of the trainers, who can give practical, real-world examples; and b) being in a room with participants from other NGOs who can also share their experiences.
I can categorically state that since developing a relationship with RedR back in 2009, Transaid's security approach has gone from non-existent to comprehensive. As a Senior Management Team, we feel confident that we have the tools and understanding to operate in insecure environments such as Nigeria and Madagascar without putting our teams at risk.