Security Risk Management and Duty of Care during COVID-19

Humanitarian work is in most cases carried out in insecure environments and situations, making it critical for organisations to be able to identify and manage security risks affecting their operations. ICVA-PHAP webinar held in Novemebr 2019 "Risky Business: Reframing the fundamentals of risk management for humanitarians", highlights the basics on risk management.

Although Security Risk Management (SRM) in the humanitarian sector has increasingly gained the attention of policy makers and practitioners, the current COVID-19 crisis highlights challenges in how to apply risk management, including in terms of duty of care. Delivering humanitarian aid under COVID-19 restrictions has also underlined the critical role of local actors and the importance to discuss risk transfer and risk sharing between international, national, and local humanitarian actors.

On 3 June, ICVA and PHAP organised the first webinar in the new Learning Stream on Risk Management in Practice, aimed at exploring the current state of risk management in the humanitarian sector. In this webinar, we looked at the key findings from a new briefing paper from ICVA and researchers from the Graduate Institute on security risk management in humanitarian organisations and framed them around the challenges that the current COVID-19 crisis presents to the humanitarian sector. We heard from practitioners and experts about the current SRM challenges and solutions in their organisations, including risk transfer, risk sharing, and challenges related to duty of care.


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    Lisa Reilly

    Executive Director, Global Interagency Security Forum  (GISF)





    Azmat Khan

    Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Rural Development (FRD)






    Stephan Maurer

    Geneva Representative, Danish Refugee Council (DRC)







     Tom Metcalf

     Senior Security Officer, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)








    Angharad Laing

    Executive Director, PHAP





    Jeremy Rempel

    Head of Humanitarian Financing, ICVA