NGOs and Charities

Providing Support for NGOs

NGOs face unique security challenges. Some operate in extreme risk environments where protection under international humanitarian law is not guaranteed. For all NGOs, hard security measures are often inappropriate and impractical, but traditional ‘acceptance’ measures may not be enough.

NYA has extensive experience of working with some of the world’s largest NGOs, helping integrate protection programmes that both enable their work and help them fulfil their duty of care to staff. NYA’s planning and training services help to build our clients’ capability to respond and communicate effectively in the event of an incident – so that they can protect human life, minimize business interruption and protect their brand and reputation.

NYA has one of the largest specialist response teams in the industry and experience of advising on 100-120 crisis incidents each year. Our relationship with the insurance market and the exposure that this gives us, means that we are one of the most active and expert security response consultancies in the world. In the last five years we have responded in 85 different countries: types of incidents we have responded to include;

  • Kidnap for ransom, express and virtual kidnap
  • Emergency political evacuation and repatriation
  • Extortion and malicious threats
  • Wrongful detention and missing persons
  • Terrorism
  • Workplace violence
  • Accidents, reputational issues and other crises

Our response and consulting experience enables us to provide practicable advice and training particularly relevant to our NGO clients who are often working in some of the most dangerous parts of the world and are exposed to a higher level of risk than other industries.

We have recently provided the following types of projects for NGOs across the world;

  • Pre-travel briefs for aid workers prior to deployment; delivered in person and a report. Location: USA
  • Security risk management policy and procedures review and development including cyber risks; delivered over a 6 month project. Location: Multiple sites across Bangladesh
  • Crisis management and crisis communications planning & development; followed by a 2 day exercise for the crisis management team. Location: USA
  • Kidnap management planning and exercise; 2 days. Location: France
  • Hostile environment training. Location: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
  • Security plan review and development for a global NGO. Location: Netherlands
  • Traveller Risk Management Programme for aid workers. Location: Central America

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us to discuss your requirements: Contact us by phone or email:

EMEA: Tel: +44 207 291 7700 or by email

AMERICAS: Tel: +1 646 722 4248 or by email

APAC: Tel: +65 640 806 35 or by email