We are all familiar with the #NotATarget movement championed by Médecins Sans Frontières, the United Nations and others. This is one of a number of advocacy efforts aimed at raising awareness about the challenges that many aid organisations face in securing the safe passage and delivery of aid to civilians in need.
Security-related incidents put the lives of aid workers and aid recipients at risk in addition to disrupting the flow of assistance to disaster-affected populations. NGOs have made great progress in developing security incident information management systems to respond to ever-changing security contexts. However, security incident information collected for security and programming purposes is not always shared with humanitarian advocacy staff or pooled with other organisations to serve as a basis for a collective advocacy strategy.
Analysing trends in security incident information does not only support the identification of the risks faced by aid workers but can also serve to better understand the contexts in which NGOs operate and the realities faced by local populations. For example, trend analysis of data collected on aid workers who have died as a result of explosive weapons has shown a recent increase in the use of these weapons. This evidences a concerning reality, one which impacts local populations and aid workers alike. This data, although collected primarily for the purposes of monitoring aid worker security, is now being used to support the campaign to prohibit the use of explosive weapons in populated areas (EWIPA).
The scale of insecurity for humanitarian action can unfortunately remain hidden if the role that advocacy can and should play in the collection, analysis and use of security incident data is not recognised. Each incident is dealt with in silence and, in most cases, with perpetrators rarely brought to justice. There are opportunities for humanitarian advocacy professionals to use security incident information collected by organisations to develop organisational, as well as sector-wide, advocacy strategies to address complex concerns.
This training focuses on how to use documented evidence of violence against aid workers or incidents that affect the delivery of aid in order to support broader advocacy efforts, such as the #NotATarget movement and the EWIPA campaign, to improve the protection of aid workers and local populations. This training will discuss how advocacy professionals can influence the type of security incident data collected and pooled across organisations, as well as how to analyse and use this data at a strategic level to identify and support humanitarian advocacy strategies.
Aim of the training:
The aim of this training is to provide participants with the understanding and tools needed to effectively use security incident information to strengthen their organisation’s humanitarian advocacy efforts.
Who is this training for?
This training is most suitable for humanitarian advocacy professionals, particularly those working within a humanitarian organisation.
Objectives of the training:
It is anticipated that participants who successfully complete the training will:
- Have a common understanding of what security incident information management is and what its four primary objectives are, using the Security Incident Information Management (SIIM) handbook as a reference guide
- Have a stronger understanding of how successful advocacy campaigns can be, and have been, built upon security incident information.
- Have learned how to influence the type of security incident data collected and pooled across organisations, as well as how to analyse and use this data at a strategic level to identify and support humanitarian advocacy strategies.
Participants will also be able to:
- Engage with and relate to professionals from various disciplines in relation to security incident information management.
- Use tools and mechanisms to analyse data and spot trends to inform advocacy efforts, including those focused on the protection of aid workers and improving access to populations in need.
- Explore and identify how incident information can benefit the wider aid community and populations in need.
- Demonstrate their learning by applying the principles of security incident information management and SIIM tools to a case study in a group activity.
This 3-hour training will be split into three 50-minute sessions, with a 15-minute break between each session. This format encourages participants to reflect and apply their learning using tools and by taking part in a group case study exercise.
3 hours, on 21 February 2018 and 30 March 2018
- Delivered online for maximum convenience
- Participatory approach involving group work, live presentations and discussion
- Training and reading material will be provided 2 weeks before the training commences
- Session content, discussions, polls and multiple choice questions with group work will reinforce participant’s knowledge, skills and competencies on: collection, reporting, recording, analysis, use, and sharing of incident information.
The SIIM project is funded by EU Humanitarian Aid and the training is provided free of charge. You simply need to have a good internet connection during the online webinar and a commitment to complete the pre-reading tasks.
Application and selection process
Please note that the training has a 2-step application process: Register your interest by completing the application form at the 'register' link at the top of this page. We will then be in touch once we assess your application.
Limit date for registration is 7 February for the 21 February webinar and 16 March for the second webinar.
Confirmation of selection will be sent as soon as possible after application is completed (all information provided by applicant) and assessed by RedR UK.
For further information about the training, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more general SIIM enquiries, email Sharene.email@example.com
Link with the SIIM project
This course forms part of the broader programme on Security Incident Information Management (SIIM) project funded by ECHO. The project has included the development of the SIIM handbook, training and coaching for Security Focal Points as well as this series of trainings on incident information and analysis for other technical specialists within the sector. The aim of these trainings within the broader project is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the importance of security incident information across the organisation and allow all types of staff to be able to identify the information that is useful and access the information and analysis they require to fulfil their roles.
The programme is linked with the incident database run by Insecurity Insight which allows NGOs to share incident information between organisations at a global level, allowing for improved analysis for evidence based decision making
If you think colleagues may be interested in SIIM, please share the relevant registering links with them. RedR UK will be offering free trainings on Security Incident Information Management to: