The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Risk Management Toolkit builds on the 2013 NRC/OCHA Study on the Impact of Donor Counterterrorism Measures on Principled Humanitarian Action, commissioned at the IASC’s request. The study found that donor counterterrorism measures can have a negative impact on humanitarian action such as restricting funding, stalling project implementation, and leading to an increased climate of self-censorship by humanitarian actors. The toolkit provides examples of practical steps that humanitarian organizations can take, and are already taking, to strengthen risk management in relation to counterterrorism measures through an approach underpinned by humanitarian principles. It focuses on five areas where NGOs and UN agencies may be able to strengthen organizational risk management procedures. These are: codes of conduct and counterterrorism policies; due diligence measures; human resource policies; anti-diversion policies; and monitoring and evaluation procedures. Negotiation and review of counterterrorism clauses in partnership agreements, a typical area of concern for humanitarian organizations, are also included. Primarily directed at decision-makers with operational and risk management responsibilities and policy makers, we hope this toolkit will be a timely and useful resource for colleagues in both the field and headquarters. The toolkit is an inter-agency effort and was developed in collaboration with IASC colleagues. Substantial contributions were made by NGOs, UN agencies, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and some governments.
(Brief adapted from introductory letter by Jan Egeland, NRC Secretary General)