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Humentum 2019 Annual Conference

THU07 - Top Physical, Financial and Legal Risks Facing INGOs and How to Mitigate Them

Jul 11, 2019 10:05am ‐ Jul 11, 2019 11:05am


Every international NGO faces considerable risks every day in connection with its overseas operations. The well-informed nonprofit learns how to understand and appreciate these risks, to prioritize them, and to put plans and structures in place to mitigate them. This session will touch on the most critical risks facing your INGO and provide you with practical, usable guidance and tips for how to minimize these risks while maximizing your impact in the field. 

Our panelists will focus on: 

  • Security and safety risks ranging from crime, vehicle accidents, civil unrest, political harassment, and natural disasters to kidnapping, terrorism and armed conflict
  • Health risks such as medical conditions and illness, as well as endemic and pandemic disease "- Financial, cash management, procurement, subcontracting, and internal control considerations
  • Compliance with international donor requirements and accountability in the field
  • Environmental risks associated with IT, insurance, banking, and other concerns
  • Assessing what is the best legal form for your activities in particular countries
  • The importance of conducting due diligence on your in-country partners
  • Preventing corruption and compliance with U.S. and foreign anti-bribery laws
  • Protecting your intellectual property overseas and avoiding infringing others' rights 

Attendees will leave the session with:

  • Stronger understanding of key risks that NGOs face globally
  • Strategies for evaluating specific organizational exposure to these risks
  • Best practice mitigation measures designed to enable programs while managing risk


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