Safer Edge works on the principle of Inclusive Security.
You will hear our team using that phrase a lot. But what does it mean?
What is Inclusive Security?
Inclusive security is about enhancing the safety and security of everyone operating in hostile or difficult environments whilst still enabling programmes and operations to work as effectively as possible. We know that good security enables good programming, and that to achieve good security it must be inclusive and integrated.
An inclusive approach to security and risk management means:
- Inclusion of all staff in both the design and delivery of safety and security
- Inclusion of security in programme design from the outset
The result is a fully integrated security and risk management system, which is sustainable and adaptive, enabling organisations to work more safely for longer in order to achieve their aims.
Risk Management Strategies
- Acceptance (consent, approval and cooperation from individuals, communities and local authorities)
- Protection (fences, guards, walls etc)
- Deterrence (armed protection, diplomatic/political leverage, temporary suspension)
They all play their part in Inclusive Security, but the Safer Edge approach focuses on developing Acceptance as the underlying foundation for all effective operations, as this can reduce or remove threats from those opposed to an organisation’s presence, its people, and its work.
All organisations and institutions working overseas can become experts in building and maintaining acceptance by building good relationships with local communities and relevant stakeholders, obtaining their acceptance and consent, and then consciously working to maintain this over the longer term. This requires both individual and organisational involvement.
Ensuring broad acceptance from communities is achieved through presenting an appropriate public image, through active cooperation, ethical trading and management, maintaining open communications with communities and local authorities, and showing the tangible benefits the organisation brings. Acceptance is more desirable than using increasingly severe protection measures or the frequent use of deterrence, both of which can lead to a deterioration in relationships. Acceptance, protection and deterrence are all needed in the security sector, but acceptance is the starting point and the foundation of inclusive security. However, the correct balance will always be pursued, and both protection and deterrence play an important part in that process.