The IASC framework for Saving Lives Together is a series of recommendations geared towards enhancing security collaboration between the United Nations, International Non-Governmental Organisations and International Organisations.
The nine goals for enhanced collaboration are:
Timely sharing of security incident reports and alerts
Timely responses to queries on SLT related issues
Supporting the resolution of security coordination problems which may arise in the field
Supporting the coordination of security incident response measures in the field
Sharing of contact information between security managers of SLT partner organisations
Collecting, compiling and cross-checking information for regular security reports and coordinate mutual assistance in maintaining relevant security incident databases
Making training events available to security managers of SLT partner organisations, when feasible
Organizing workshops and conferences to enhance mutual knowledge and understanding of UN, INGO, and IO security collaboration
Exploring further areas of security cooperation between the UN, INGOs and IOs
In the report “to stay and to deliver” (2011) by OCHA, the issue of national aid worker security is highlighted as becoming critical for humanitarian agencies and their donors. This is due to the declining access of international staff in some high-risk contexts and increasing reliance on national staff and local partners to remain where international staff members have left. The working group from the IASC Staff Security Task Force have come with both general and field recommendations for staff security.
General recommendations: 1) Strengthening security collaboration in humanitarian operations 2) Advocating for security 3) Appointing agency security focal points 4) Strengthening security management including collaboration
Field recommendations: 5) Enhancing the role of the DO in security collaboration 6) Enhancing collaboration in the UN Security Management Team 7) Selecting NGO field security focal point(s) 8) Convening broad-based forums for field security collaboration 9) Including staff security concerns in the CAPs 10) Meeting common, security-related needs 11) Sharing resources 12) Facilitating inter-agency telecommunication 13) Collaborating and consulting in security training 14) Sharing information 15) Identifying minimum security standards 16) Seeking adherence to common humanitarian ground-rules