6 habits of a successful 'head of risk'

A soldier communicates with an approaching vehicle during a visit by a commission to Kidal, northern Mali. Photo by: Blagoje Grujic / U.N.

They work in a sector of the international development community that likes to remain under the radar. Yet they serve as a lifeline for thousands of humanitarians who risk their lives on a daily basis.

They are the employees of security firms — the people who act as the eyes and ears on the ground, protecting the aid organizations with which they work.

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    Sam Mednick

    Sam is a Devex Contributor based in South Sudan. Over the past 12 years she’s reported on humanitarian, human interest and conflict stories from around the world. Sam’s work has taken her to the Middle East, Africa, Asia, South America and Europe, writing for VICE, the Associated Press, Devex, Barcelona Metropolitan and iPolitics among others. Sam also produces and hosts the Happy Melly Podcast, interviewing authors, speakers and thought leaders about what it takes to live productive and fulfilling lives.