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Private security contracting in the humanitarian sector time to take responsibility

When contracting with private security providers, the practices of the humanitarian sector are largely unknown. Risks are present but they are often not considered in the contracting process. Contracting PSPs may create serious concerns in terms of adhesion to humanitarian principles, leading to risks for the security, reputation, and acceptance of humanitarian organisations. This policy brief identifies why humanitarian actors should fully acknowledge these risks, and work towards more responsible private security contracting which respects humanitarian principles and does not breach any applicable duty of care. Click below to read the brief.

2021-10-25T17:49:05+01:00October 25, 2021|News & Views|

Aid agency security is a disaster waiting to happen

Recent events in Mozambique and Central African Republic have put mercenaries back in the spotlight, as the blurring of roles between regular armed forces and military contractors adds to the risks for civilians. A less dramatic but also growing phenomenon is the use of private security companies by aid agencies. The companies that provide night guards and X-ray scanners may not seem as problematic as military-style operators such as Blackwater or Wagner, but they present a package of human rights and reputational risks that is all too often underestimated.

2021-05-21T13:53:56+01:00May 21, 2021|News & Views|

How is the US withdrawal from Afghanistan impacting Security?

The US Biden Administration delayed the planned 1st May 2021 withdrawal date, NATO included, to 11th September 2021, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the USA. The programme began on 1st May and is underway. After the US announcement, the Taliban did not attend the peace talks planned for mid-April in Turkey, now scheduled for after Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr. The US Embassy in Kabul has advised US Nationals to leave the country. The US Department of Defense has told its sponsored programmes to submit a thirty-day drawdown plan, and it looks likely that all will have moved their international staff out of country by 31st May.

2021-05-13T12:16:16+01:00May 13, 2021|News & Views|

Reducing human rights risk in your private security supply chain

Thank you for your kind introduction Jamie and thank you for the opportunity to participate in this important webinar on reducing human rights risk. May I acknowledge the excellent work being undertaken by ICOCA under your leadership, by encouraging widespread adoption of international security standards and increasing the number of companies achieving ICoCA membership and certification.

2021-03-25T17:13:45+00:00March 25, 2021|News & Views|


In light of growing concern amongst our client base relating to the global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) ILS has put together the following guidance, with those working in remote or challenging environments in mind. The full report can be found here.

2020-11-10T10:22:50+00:00September 1, 2020|News & Views|

Sinai Insurgency

A report by PRAETORIAN, using local and regional open source social media and news media to examine the relevance of the North Sinai Governorate tribes to the Sinai insurgency and efforts by the Egyptian Armed Forces and Egyptian Security Forces to counter IS Sinai. For further details please contact The full report can be found here.

2020-11-10T10:23:59+00:00July 1, 2020|News & Views|

Paul Mercer’s interview for Security Management Highlights – COVID-19 and the potential for civil unrest

In a recent interview with Security Management Highlights' Chuck Harold, Paul Mercer, managing director of HawkSight SRM outlines the potential for global civil unrest to erupt out of the Cornoavirus pandemic. His interview begins at 13 minutes and 10 seconds. It is preceded by an interview Dr James Cawood, president of Factor One, looking at how organisations are obligated to protect employees from risk - particularly domestic violence - as work forces shift to home working during COVID-19 The full report can be found here.

2020-11-30T17:55:47+00:00June 3, 2020|News & Views|

Resetting the Business After the COVID-19 Pandemic

These are unprecedented times for us all. Every business is being tested to its very core. Businesses and organisations across the world have spent the past weeks in firefighting mode, reacting to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in an attempt to protect the business and its key assets, primarily its people. The full report can be found here.

2020-11-30T17:59:31+00:00May 7, 2020|News & Views|