A practical Toolkit on Security and Human Rights good practices
The Addressing Security and Human Rights Challenges in Complex Environments Toolkit provides recommendations to address real-life security and human rights challenges identified through engagement with multiple stakeholders. Field research conducted in Colombia, Peru, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Papua New Guinea and South Africa, provides on the ground insight.

The Toolkit also draws from key resources, such as the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the body of security sector reform good practice.

Practical tools such as checklists and case studies are also key components of the Toolkit and are geared towards supporting project-level implementation.


The Toolkit is a “living document”, regularly updated with new good practices, tools and case studies, and amended based on feedback received from users. Version 3 of the Toolkit is available in English, in French and in Spanish and includes the following four chapters:

  • Chapter 1 - Working with host governments, provides guidance for companies operating abroad on ways of engaging with the host government to address security and human rights issues.


  • Chapter 2 - Working with public security forces, provides guidance for companies facing challenges related to public security arrangements around their area of operations.


  • Chapter 3 - Working with private security providers, provides guidance for companies contracting private security services when operating in complex environments.


  • Chapter 4 – Working with communities, provides guidance for companies on how to manage relations with local communities around their area of operations. The chapter was developed in partnership with the CDA Collaborative Learning Projects.



How to Contribute

DCAF and the ICRC are committed to developing practical implementation-oriented products that are regularly updated with new tools and resources. You can contribute by:

  • Providing comments on the content or format of the Toolkit;


  • Proposing examples of good practices to be included;


  • Sharing tools and resources to be integrated in the Toolkit and/or Knowledge Hub.


DCAF and the ICRC are keen to develop partnerships with other actors sharing common values and objectives to promote good practices in the field of security and human rights.

To request additional information contact us at or via the Knowledge Hub.