Please be aware that this is a past event.

7 December 2010 15:00-17:00 (GMT+00) – Public event, Overseas Development Institute and screened live online

Since the publication of the first edition of Good Practice Review 8 on Operational Security Management in Violent Environments a decade ago, the global security environment has changed significantly. New conflict contexts have created new sources of threat to international humanitarian action. Increasing violence against aid workers and their operations, including more kidnappings and lethal attacks, has had serious implications for humanitarian relief work in insecure contexts. Meanwhile, agencies themselves have become much more conscious of the need to provide for the safety and security of their staff.

To reflect these changes, the Humanitarian Practice Network is publishing a new version of GPR 8. The new edition both updates the original material and introduces new topics, such as the security dimensions of ‘remote management’ programming, good practice in interagency security coordination and how to track, share and analyse security information. The new edition also provides a more comprehensive approach to managing critical incidents, in particular kidnapping and hostage-taking, and discusses issues relating to the threat of terrorism.

Following a presentation on the revised GPR 8, drawing on their own extensive knowledge and experience of operating in high risk environments, guest speakers will discuss issues related to operational security policy and management.


Wendy Fenton – Coordinator, Humanitarian Practice Network

Hansjoerg Strohmeyer – Chief of the Policy Development and Studies Branch, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)


Marc Dubois- Executive Director, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)


Erin Noordeloos – International Programmes Director, REDR

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