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11 Humanitarian Risk Assessment Resources

When humanitarians travel internationally, it is to deliver aid where it is needed most. Often, these are places that face conflict or the impact of a recent natural disaster, or humanitarians may find themselves in countries struggling with systemic poverty and violence. Overall, this means that humanitarians are frequently exposed to risks on the ground. That is why you need humanitarian risk assessment resources. Here are some of them that might be useful.

Why Assess Risk Prior to a Humanitarian Mission?

In order to carry out your mission successfully, it is necessary to assess the risks associated with it. This will help you to ensure that you are taking the steps needed to stay safe. Also, it will also contribute to implementation.

Of course, most humanitarian organizations already have risk assessment methodologies in place. Staff on the ground also helps to evaluate the current situation. However, in addition to this, there are plenty of online risk assessment resources. They help to get real-time information, reach out for collaboration, and gather what you need before the mission.

We have put together a list of 11 risk assessment resources we believe you will find helpful. Note that this list is by no means exhaustive. Rather, it gives you an idea of what’s out there!

1. ReliefWeb

ReliefWeb is one of the biggest hubs for humanitarian information. It provides reports on all of the current conflicts and disasters around the world. Additionally, ReliefWeb publishes the latest updates by large humanitarian organizations. Here, you can access maps, activities by other organizations, updates, alerts, and more.

ReliefWeb logo

2. INFORM Index for Risk Management

INFORM is a global resource. It is an open-source platform that allows anyone to assess the risk associated with humanitarian crises and disasters. By pulling information for a wide variety of sources, INFORM is constantly updating information.

When looking for the latest information, you can find data on countries, reports, support for inter-agency collaboration, and more. It is an ideal tool for prevention, preparedness, and response.

3. Aid Worker Security Database

Sometimes it is important to study past crises to understand what is happening today. It is also essential to know what went wrong and where in order to take preventative action.

The Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD) provides the information you need to do so. It stores publications that record violence and other incidents against aid workers. Reports go as far back as 1997. AWSD is an open data source aiming to ensure evidence-based decision-making when it comes to humanitarian security.

Aid Worker Security Database

4. Humanitarian Response Guidance and Tools

Are you looking for a variety of different resources for risk assessment? If so, Humanitarian Response is the right place to go. The site provides links to guides, reports, resources, toolkits, information, and more. There is also information on collaborative and cooperative missions as well as in-depth guides on risk assessment.

5. European Interagency Security Forum

The European Interagency Security Forum (EISF) serves as an independent network of security focal points. They represent not-for-profit organizations that operate around the world but are based in Europe. These focal points gather and share news and resources.

EISF has a key publication for risk assessment and staying safe as a humanitarian. You can refer to the Security to Go: A Risk Management Toolkit for Humanitarian Aid Agencies here.

EISF

6. Rory Peck Trust

Are you a freelance contractor working in a conflict setting? If so, the Rory Peck Trust Risk Assessment tool is specifically designed for you.

Freelancers do not always have support from a larger organization when going in the field. The Rory Peck Trust provides a guide on how to carry out an independent risk assessment. There are step-by-step tools and resources. It is available in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, and Russian.  

7. Open Briefing Security Risk Assessment Tool

Open Briefing has made their Security Risk Assessment Tool (SRAT) available to NGOs for free. The resource is useful to those who are new to risk assessments as well as managers who already have experience.

SRAT provides guidance and instructions on how to carry out a risk assessment. The tool is interactive and provides information and templates. It even allows users to produce pre-formatted reports based on their risk assessment.

8. RiskMap

RiskMap is a free security and risk- mapping platform. It produces maps in real time based on crowd-sourced information. The app uses machine learning to assess large amounts of information and convert it into a map. This includes articles from local and global media, the dark web, and more.

When using RiskMap, NGOs can select a specific area and view incidents that have occurred there. These use icons to show the risk category of the incident. The tool is particularly useful for an in-depth assessment.

Risk Map

9. UNOSAT

Another mapping tool, UNOSAT provides imaging instead of information analysis. By using the UNOSAT platform, you can view the latest satellite images from a disaster or conflict-affected area.

This is a much-needed decision-making and planning resource. Particularly, UNOSAT is helpful when other types of communications are down. For example, after a hurricane, there may be no regular telecommunications available. Satellite images can then be used to inform the current state of affairs on the ground.

10. GDACS

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) also provides a mapping service, but with a different objective. GDACS is designed to foster better collaboration during humanitarian interventions. It provides a live map of crises and responses by different actors. Using its information, agencies can identify who else is working in the field and coordinate accordingly.

11. Duty of Care

Raptim integrates risk assessment in everything that we do. Each humanitarian that we support to travel must stay safe and healthy. That’s why we practice duty of care. Among the many features of Raptim, duty of care is the support for risk assessment.

We make sure that when you travel you receive a continuous flow of information before and during your mission. This means that you will get push notifications and the latest updates on the situation in your area of deployment. As such, you’ll be able to do rapid risk assessments when the situation on the ground changes.

Duty of Care Brochure CTA

Raptim Care’s reporting capability is incredibly comprehensive.

Reporting functionalities include:

  • Airline queries (e.g. there is an airline strike – who is flying?)
  • Country risk level queries (e.g. find all travelers in an extreme risk country for a given date range)
  • Itinerary queries (e.g. there is a strike Dubai, who has Dubai as a part of their plans)
  • Messaging per client queries (e.g. what communications have been sent? Results broken out per account ID (AIAN)
  • Messaging queries (e.g. what communications have been sent to a specific person or set of people?)
  • Traveler Geo-Fencing Location Reports
  • Traveler Contact Information Reports
  • Risk Summary Reports
  • Airport Flight Info Reports
  • Alert Summary Reports
  • Alert Summary Reports by Country

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