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Advocating for humanity: opportunities for improving protection outcomes in conflict


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In the face of today’s ever-more complex conflicts, and given the evolving global geopolitical climate, are international humanitarian organisations advocating strategically and effectively to alleviate the suffering and displacement that mar the lives of millions of civilians in Yemen, Syria, the DRC, South Sudan and elsewhere? Where they are, are such efforts working? Have approaches to protection advocacy changed, and if so how and to what extent?

As part of the Humanitarian Policy Group's 2019–2021 Integrated Programme, this project will take a constructive, solutions oriented approach, asking critical questions about the different kinds of advocacy on protection that international humanitarian organisations are undertaking today; exploring the challenges, risks and obstacles they face in doing so; and formulating realistic proposals for how to mitigate them. It will also consider opportunities for advocacy that are as yet unexploited, including how humanitarian actors can best support the efforts of local and national organisations and affected populations. Crucially, taking a pragmatic approach, the project will explore the potential and actual impact of this engagement, what tactics or strategies work, what capacities or skills are required or need to be augmented, what strategic collaborations or partnerships could magnify current efforts, and what results can be achieved.


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Collaborative advocacy by humanitarian and human rights actors

This event will discuss examples of effective collaborations between international humanitarian and human rights actors in trying to influence conflict actors vis a vis their behaviour towards civilians.
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  1. Advocating for the better protection of civilians: from stagnation to action

    Research reports

  2. Protection of civilians: learning from ICRC’s Roots of Restraint in War study

    Briefing/policy papers

  3. Influencing states' policy and practice on the protection of civilians

    Briefing/policy papers

  4. Complementary approaches between international and local protection advocacy: ‘Don’t speak for me, I’ll speak for myself’

    Briefing/policy papers

  5. Shaping United States policy and practice on the protection of civilians

    Briefing/policy papers

  6. Protection advocacy by international NGOs in armed conflict situations: breaking the barriers

    Briefing/policy papers

  7. Collaborative advocacy between humanitarian and human rights actors: opportunities and challenges

    Briefing/policy papers

  8. The Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies: an assessment of the role of collective approaches

    Briefing/policy papers

  9. Opportunities and challenges: Collaborative advocacy by humanitarian and human rights actors


  10. Refugee advocacy in Turkey: from local to global

    Working papers

  11. Advocating for better protection for conflict-affected populations: legal action against UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in the Yemen conflict

    Briefing/policy papers

  12. Can a new legal case stop UK arms sales to Yemen?

    Expert Comment

  13. Humanitarian diplomacy and protection advocacy in an age of caution

    Briefing/policy papers

  14. Advocating for humanity? Securing better protection of civilians affected by armed conflict

    Briefing/policy papers

  15. Global Protection Cluster: advocacy scoping study

    Research reports