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|
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?
- Residual Risk Acceptance: An Advocacy Guidance Note (September 2016)
- Report: NGOs and Risk: How international humanitarian actors manage uncertainty
- Guidance: NGO Risk Management: Principles and Promising Practice handbook
- Tool: Blank Risk Register template
- Additional resource: Aid Worker Security Database
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.