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The NGO Safety Programme

The NGO Safety Programme (NSP) for Somalia/Somaliland aims at contributing to international and national NGOs operating safely and securely in the region.

NSP, initially called the NGO Security Preparedness and Support (NGO SPAS), was established in 2004 by the Somalia NGO Consortium, in part as a response to the targeted killing of five aid workers between 2003 and 2004 and the realisation of a rapidly changing operating environment. Today, Somalia is considered one of the most challenging contexts in terms of NGO security issues. NSP's main objective is to ensure that NGOs operating in Somalia receive relevant and efficient support and preparation in terms of security.

The following services are provided to international and Somali NGOs by the NSP between 2011-2013. The list of services is subject to change according to the development in context and NGO needs, and new services will be gradually implemented and added.

Please refer to the relevant sections of the NSP web site (www.nspsomalia.org) for more details.

Information and Analysis

  • Daily, weekly, and quarterly reports
  • Advisories
  • Regular Nairobi and Hargeisa security briefings (special briefings on request)
  • Written area briefings (clan composition, history of security incidents, main contacts, medical facilities) for 50-60 key locations
  • Introduction to Somalia/Somaliland brief
  • Maps (area of control, threat maps, access maps)
  • Security Risk Assessments (SRA)
  • Database and incident tracking (production of specific reports and statistics on request)


  • Hostile Environment Individual Security Training (HEIST) training
  • Medical training
  • Development of a basic security SOPs for small and medium sized NGOs
  • Country Directors and Security Focal Point specific training
  • Ad Hoc training on request


  • NGO crisis support on request
  • Medical evacuation support

SPU Coordination

  • Follow up and management of SPU requests
  • Provision of technical assistance in SPU management
  • Liaison between stakeholders including NGOs, UN agencies, and local authorities