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“For our partners, INSO is a very valuable complement to any security strategy and network they have. Often NGO security officers are focused on the organisation’s programmes not necessarily factoring in all the external influences. It's a way to confirm their information, to cross check, to identify things that may not have been seen otherwise. It's always good to have this external perspective. There are only advantages.”
- Luc Verna - Technical Assistant, European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (Afghanistan)
“One of the things that INSO builds its name on is that they verify the facts. It’s reassuring that we're not just reacting to rumours. They have solid sources of verification.”
- Kate Moger - Country Director - International Rescue Committee (Mali)
“The quality of INSO services and the relevance of the information, analysis and warnings are excellent and have become an integral part of our security framework in the DRC. While any one NGO may have good access to information within their operational area, it cannot compare to the much wider access and knowledge of the NGO community, and INSO makes access to that information possible.
- Cheik Ba – Country Director – Norwegian Refugee Council (DRC)
“We work in hard to reach communities where security is not always good - I think right now in Kenya there is no place where you can say it is 100% safe. So what INSO does actually helps our work in that they are able to bring up issues or even a forecast of what could happen and then we are able to make decisions based on that information.”
Dr Lennie Bazira Kyomuhangi – Country Director - Amref Health Africa (Kenya)
“Not all agencies have security people or if they do, not all of them are able to analyse data and trends, this requires specific people and time; it's a full time job. So what INSO is doing through data collection and analysis - is extremely beneficial and it saves a lot of funds for both NGOs and donors.”
- Ekin Ogutogullari - Country Director - International Medical Corps (Kenya)
“Fundamentally, situational awareness is at the heart of good programming. For us INSO is absolutely essential in terms of informed decision-making, you can't operate without it. Each NGO ultimately has to determine its own risk level, its own programming modalities, how it operates on the ground but this has to be founded on very solid advice. The quality of INSO’s reporting and analysis is of an extraordinarily high order.”
- Aidan O'Leary - Head of Office - UNOCHA (Afghanistan)
"Given that humanitarian access became an integral part of any NGO programming in Afghanistan, INSO's updated and contextualised analysis on local acceptance - enriched by the engagement strategies of the various NGOs which are shared in INSO's forums - regularly informs the acceptance approaches both nationally but also locally where NGOs operate."
- Kyriakos Giaglis - Country Director - Danish Refugee Council (Afghanistan)