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A Free Risk Management Toolkit

Risk Management Toolkit is intended to contribute to an increased understanding of the connection between counterterrorism measures and humanitarian action and highlight steps that humanitarian organisations can take and are taking to address some of the main challenges and risks associated with these measures.

The starting point is that principled humanitarian actors should seek to place their risk management procedures in relation to counterterrorism measures within the framework of the humanitarian principles and not vice-versa.

This risk management toolkit in relation to counterterrorism measures benefits from the contributions of staff across many non-governmental organisations (NGOs), UN agencies, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and donor governments in headquarters and the field, who participated in interviews during the research phase of this document.

This risk management toolkit in relation to counterterrorism measures should be read against the backdrop of the humanitarian principles. To support or endorse an armed group in their political or security aims, including through the provision of aid, contravenes the humanitarian principles of impartiality, neutrality and independence. As such, most humanitarian actors have well developed policies, procedures and systems covering security, human resources, finance and administration to prevent this from occurring.

This toolkit is directed at decision makers including those with operational and risk management responsibilities and policy-makers within  humanitarian organisations, in headquarters and/or field locations.

It has two objectives:

The toolkit focuses mainly on counterterrorism measures imposed by donors, rather than those imposed by states hosting affected populations.

Finally, the toolkit focuses only on situations of armed conflict, although it should be noted that counterterrorism measures apply to conflict and
non-conflict settings and humanitarian and development activities.

You can download this toolkit for free here.

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