Training is designed to focus on the most significant challenges and threats faced by an aid worker and recommended behavior, including some common mistakes. This is a proven approach allowing participants to build awareness, increase prevention of concrete risks, realize the importance of intuition and individual low profiling and help with response when things may go wrong. This approach also allows participants to apply gained knowledge in different situations.
The context of humanitarian aid work has been rapidly changing and for years the label of “bringing good” has simply no longer been applying as a safekeeping mechanism for us as Aid workers. Most INGOs are realizing they have moral obligation towards their staff and some legal systems even require organizational duty of care ensuring secure and safe environment for their employees. And here comes our role as an Aid worker which is twofold. First, we as individuals hold a very important role in security, as making a single mistake even if unconsciously or without a deliberate intent, could bring not only us but the whole organization and the beneficiaries into trouble. Secondly, if we feel the level of security provided by our organization is not sufficient, we have to be the advocates to push for better security measures to be put in place as what and how we do our work is inevitably linked with how safe/stressed we feel while doing it.
And what next? I would also like more dynamic training…
Come join our intensive hands-on training with outdoor simulations. Find more information on our HEAT (Hostile Environment Awareness Training)!
Salanga has run security programme since 2007, providing training, consultancy, and advocacy to INGOs on safety and security of Aid workers. Through our safety and security programme, we have trained over 800 people. See participants’ testimonials.
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