NGOs and Risk

About the NGOs and Risk Review

In response to continually challenging operating environments for humanitarian aid, InterAction commissioned Humanitarian Outcomes to conduct a study of how the major humanitarian NGOs perceive, define and manage risks to their organizations and operations. The NGO Risk Review centered on a participant group of 14 international non-governmental organizations from among the largest and most field-present humanitarian operators:

Action Contre La Faim (ACF) Islamic Relief Worldwide
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Mercy Corps
CARE Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Holland
Concern Norwegian Refugee Council
Danish Refugee Council (DRC) Oxfam
International Medical Corps (IMC) Save the Children
International Rescue Committee (IRC) World Vision

Research Questions

The study examined two key principal questions:

  • What do humanitarian NGOs view as the primary external risks affecting their ability to carry out principled humanitarian action?
  • How do humanitarian NGOs interpret, differentiate, prioritize and manage these risks internally?



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NGOs and Risk: How international humanitarian actors manage uncertainty was commissioned and funded by InterAction, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and the U.S. Department of State’s office of Population, Refugees and Migration.

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