If you're not familiar with the United Nation's Saving Lives Together (SLT) initiative, spend a few minutes at the program's Web site
and learn more. SLT's purpose is to encourage the sharing of security information and resources among the UN and NGOs in conflict-zones (currently Afghanistan, Darfurs, Ethiopia, Kenya/Somalia, and Pakistan). The program has been around since the mid-2000s, but up until last year, hadn't received much exposure; especially among small and medium-sized international NGOs. The UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is trying to address that lack of awareness now, by reaching out to more members of the humanitarian community. Sharing information is a vital part of successful security management. If your organization is working in a country where there's an SLT presence, be sure to check out the Web site above for more information and then consider contacting one of the listed liaison officers.