In situations of armed conflict, civil unrest and natural disaster, men, women, boys and girls are vulnerable to threats of violence, coercion and deprivation. Humanitarian protection involves preventing or mitigating these risks and their effects in accordance with obligations and entitlements under international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law. 

InterAction members enhance protection through targeted efforts to reduce people’s vulnerability, mitigate threats and increase their capacity to cope or combat threats and risks. InterAction members also work to ensure that the policies and approaches to crises by the U.S. government, UN agencies and multi-lateral bodies appropriately address protection concerns and support efforts to overcome them.

Among its major initiatives, InterAction is leading a multi-year global initiative to develop and promote Results-Based Protection. Achieving and demonstrating significant impact of protection programming on the lives of affected people is something humanitarian actors have struggled with for some time. Through the Results-Based Protection initiative, InterAction is facilitating a collaborative effort to build up a body of good practice for protection analysis which lends itself to results-oriented program design and measurable outcomes.

Currently, InterAction is seeking input from organizations and humanitarians on community-based protection. Click here for more information and to contribute to the conversation. Entries will be accepted until 31 March.

InterAction convenes a Protection Working Group as well as two sub-groups focused on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and prevention and response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). These groups, chaired by InterAction members, develop resources for members and other humanitarian actors to strengthen protection programming. They also undertake advocacy to highlight protection concerns and the policies and action needed by governments, parties to conflict and others.

A highly effective working group, the GBV Working Group at InterAction advocates on GBV concerns in current crises and facilitates practitioners to learn about best practice and challenges in GBV programming. The SEA Working Group works to increase capacity for the prevention and addressing SEA issues at an organizational level. InterAction requires all members to comply with SEA standards and the working group has developed several trainings and resources to assist organizations in the prevention of and response to SEA.

InterAction additionally seeks to ensure that members’ experience and expertise is taken into account by the humanitarian community as a whole, including through active participation in the Global Protection Cluster. This global mechanism helps coordinate responses to humanitarian crises and sets standards and policies regarding protection in humanitarian response.  

For more information, contact Kelsey Hampton, Program Associate.