Projects Asia & The Pacific

Safety in the Field: Workshop for Japanese NGOs

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) | Aug 2022

InterWorks conducted a four-day Safety in the Field (SIF) workshop with the support of the Japan NGO Initiative for Safety and Security (JaNISS) from 22-25 August. It was attended by 18 participants, Including participants from Korean NGOs and the AHA Centre in Indonesia.

The objective of the workshop was to address basic elements of personal security for staff in the field, and to highlight security risk management tools and strategies for maintaining operations in complex security environments as well as inter-linkages between security and protection. With the increasing number of terrorist attacks globally, the agenda increased focus on personal safety and security including sessions on immediate responses to a terrorist attack. The focus on the centrality of protection and the criticality of continuing operations in complex security environments was also maintained. In addition, the course involved structured information exchange amongst participants, with a view to sharing good practices and lessons learned from the field through a series of group presentations.

The workshop was highly participatory, emphasizing hands-on application of tools and skills. Participants discussed real-life cases, best practices and lessons learned from the humanitarian and development fields. Above all, they were required to apply lessons in practical and realistic exercises and complex field simulations.

The activities were very useful, I believe that experiencing the situation is the best way to learn so it was a very productive 4-day training for me

– Workshop participant