Gaza Strip NGO Safety Office Project (GANSO)
The Gaza NGO Safety Office (GANSO) is a project of CARE International, funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) with the aim of providing the information and analysis the NGO community needs in order to implement humanitarian projects safely.
GANSO is defined by its three core services:
- GANSO Radio Room: the radio room delivers safety-related incident alerts via VHF radio, SMS, and email to GANSO's NGO members. The radio room operates from 0700-1900hrs, Saturday-Thursday.
- GANSO Bi-Weekly Safety Reports: reports include a summary of safety-related incidents over a two week period, deep analysis of events and trends within and outside of Gaza that impact the safety environment, and regional analyses of events in each of Gaza's five governorates. The GANSO Bi-Weekly Safety Reports are delivered to GANSO members via email and published publicly on the GANSO website.
- GANSO Monthly Safety Briefings: the monthly briefings allow the GANSO researcher to treat issues of immediate importance and to offer analysis based on long-term trends. Monthly briefings also provide a forum for GANSO members to discuss specific safety-related issues of immediate consequence, contributing to the notion of a "culture of safety" within Gaza.
In addition to the core services, GANSO offers periodic training designed to improve the safety preparedness of NGOs operating in the Gaza Strip. Recent trainings have included fire safety, basic first aid, and security management. GANSO also offers site surveys based on a set of Minimum of Operational Security Standards (MOSS) criteria developed in consultation with the GANSO membership.
Gaza Strip NGO Safety Office Project (GANSO) Phase VI
Over 120 humanitarian organizations in the Gaza Strip.
European Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO)
24 June 2011 - 23 June 2012.
CARE West Bank and Gaza
CARE in West Bank and Gaza has worked with Palestinian communities since 1948. For the last 14 years, CARE has been implementing programs in Palestinian communities in agriculture and natural resources, economic development, education, emergency relief, health, water and sanitation and civil society strengthening.
CARE has a long term commitment to engage with Palestinian communities in development processes that enable them to determine their futures, realize their rights and live in peace and dignity. We aspire to achieve this by:
Meeting the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable Palestinians in times of emergency.
Developing the livelihood capacities and social positions of the most vulnerable communities by working in an integrated and sustained way.
Strengthening the processes and structures of governance in Palestinian organizations.
Advocating for the development, humanitarian, and governance priorities of vulnerable Palestinian communities on the basis of sound policyanalysis and field experience.
Extending our sphere of understanding and influence through stronger linkages with a wide range of development partners.
Our humanitarian and development assistance programme currently reaches over 800,000 people in the West Bank and Gaza.
CARE is an international, non profit, secular confederation of 12 member organisations committed to fighting global poverty and delivering emergency aid in times of humanitarian crisis. CARE International’s Secretariat is based in Geneva and the 12 members work in more than 60 countries around the world.