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Research Newsletter - November 2014
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Dear <<First Name>>,

We are excited about the holiday season, but before we all go on our Christmas break, we want to bring you an update on our research projects.

October saw the launch of our most recent publication, Communications Technology and Humanitarian Delivery: Challenges and Opportunities for Security Risk Management. We also brought to life a knowledge hub on communications technology, with the aim of exploring the potential of new tools to create a safer, more responsive operational environment for aid workers. In November, we were busy promoting the project, and we have some exciting things coming your way, so watch this space! As a starter, why not join us for our first online webinar next Tuesday, December 9?

Last month we also sent out the first The Aid Security Monthly News Brief. During our last forum, a number of EISF members expressed the desire of having a short report collecting security incidents affecting NGO operations. This monthly digest is born from our collaboration with the Aid in Danger Project and the Security in Numbers Database (SiND) of Insecurity Insight. This database tracks threats and incidents of violence against aid delivery, as well as the deliberate obstruction of aid and the provision of healthcare. 

The document we circulated amongst our members was a pilot covering the month of October, and if you received it, we would welcome your feedbackThe questionnaire can be completed in 3 minutes, and it will help us understand what kind of monthly information you would be looking for in a database-centered project. Please note that at this stage of the project, the information contained in this monthly digest is only open source. Feel free to share it with colleagues.
 
There is an increased interest in the humanitarian sector in having a database and/or a more NGO-focused analysis of trends to support the work of security managers, advisers and focal points by collecting incidents that affect aid workers. A number of agencies have expressed an interest in participating in an explorative working group to identify needs and willingness to contribute. At the moment the news brief is only available to EISF members, but please let Christina Wille (Insecurity Insight) know if you are interested in receiving this kind of information or in being part of the explorative working group.

Best,
Raquel Vazquez Llorente
Researcher

 
Register for the webinar on 9 December
Coming next on 9 December: Webinar with Disaster Ready @  3 PM GMT
The objective of EISF most recent project on Communications Technology and Security Risk Management is to begin an important conversation towards a better understanding of the specific nature of the security threats created by the digital revolution, and the implications for the security risk management of humanitarian staff and programmes. 17 experts have contributed to the first publication of this project. 

Join us for our first online webinar on the 9th of December with Imogen Wall (co-editor of the first publication) and Rory Byrne (founder and CEO of Security First).
 
From our blog
Our guest writer Anis Chouchane analyses security risk management in the age of social media. Read
 

Publications

Our most recent publications are also now available at ISSUU—the digital publisher that allows you to take our publications on your phone when you travel, and also clip, comment and share with your colleagues any parts or paragraphs that you like.

EISF opportunities
Would you like to write for us? We are looking for contributors for our blog. Pitch your idea!

New team member
Jessica MacLean - Research and Projects Assistant

Jessica joined EISF in November to support the research and membership services of the EISF Secretariat, with a focus on social media and communications technology. Jessica also contributes to the Communications Technology and Security Risk Management project. In 2013, Jessica graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) with an undergraduate degree in Development Studies and Politics. Prior to joining EISF she spent six months working in Sierra Leone with men on the prevention of violence against women and the promotion of sexual reproductive health rights.

From the knowledge hub
We are looking for contributors to keep the conversation going about communications technology and security risk management, so please get in touch if you have a topic you would like to share with the humanitarian community, whether you are an individual or as an organisation. If you think you would like to contribute but do not know how, let us know—we have plenty of ideas! Get in touch
Past webcasts



Naz Modirzadeh from Harvard Law School addresses the practical implications of counter-terrorism measures on humanitarian action, with a particular focus on the impact on security risk management. Watch
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