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Protection: InterAction’s Protection Work

Protection
InterAction’s Protection Work

InterAction’s work on protection focuses on the action needed to achieve real reductions in risk that people experience during crises. There are many examples of good practice to be found in both policy and operational realms, but they need to be continually adapted and more systematically implemented in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for people facing armed conflict and other crises.

The key elements of results-based protection are reflected in the IASC Principals Statement on the Centrality of Protection in Humanitarian Action (December 2013) as well as the recently adopted IASC Policy on Protection in Humanitarian Action (October 2016) and Global Protection Cluster (GPC) Guidance on HCT Protection Strategies (October 2016) which seek to operationalize the Centrality of Protection.

Efforts to strengthen and systematize results-based and outcome-oriented approaches to protection have gained traction as reflected in the language and approaches of key guidance, policies and standards in the humanitarian system. InterAction actively seeks to enhance NGO voice and engagement to strengthen protection efforts in inter-agency fora, such as the Global Protection Cluster (GPC) and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC).

Policy, practice, and attitudes of powerful stakeholders, like the U.S., regarding international humanitarian law (IHL) and other norms can affect global respect for humanity in war – either positively or negatively. InterAction convenes concerned humanitarian NGOs to promote steps that the U.S. can take to ensure that civilians are respected and protected in situations of armed conflict as well as to ensure respect for these norms by others.

Protection-Focused Working Groups at InterAction

InterAction convenes working groups on topics related to protection programming and the protection of civilians in armed conflict:

  • Protection Working Group: Provides a platform for InterAction members to learn from each other on practice issues such as integrated protection, and to connect with protection counterparts in the U.S. government. For more information, please contact Ramon Broers.
  • Gender-based Violence (GBV) Working Group: Advocates on GBV concerns in current crises and facilitates practitioners to learn about best practice and challenges in GBV programming. For more information, please contact Jessica Lenz.
  • International humanitarian law (IHL) Working Group: Considers issues of IHL and protection of civilians in the context of U.S. military operations and security cooperation, with the goal of enhancing or improving measures to minimize civilian harm. For more information, please contact Kelsey Hampton.