Trip planning, of course, I thought was very important and needed to be passed on urgently.
Interpersonal communication was also very important. You find that, in the field, people have a lot of competing interests, which can lead to miscommunication, which leads to conflict, which can degenerate into a security issue. For instance, drivers tend to be local staff, from Dadaab and the surrounding area, and field officers tend to be national staff who have been deployed from other parts of the country. So if you’re not on good terms with your driver, this could easily degenerate into something which is much bigger than the original incident and could have been mitigated with proper interpersonal communication.
And, given the general trends in the NGO sector, the kidnapping and abduction do’s and don’t’s were very useful and I have passed these on to my colleagues.
How do you think participation in this training has positively impacted your own work?
If I take stock, my knowledge gap has been bridged, and the attitude that I had towards security has also changed a lot. Before I thought that security was a one-off thing which should be dealt with by the security officer, but now I see that with proper training everyone can manage their own security and the security of their team.