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Protective action: Incorporating civilian protection into humanitarian response

Briefing/policy papers

Written by Sara Pantuliano

This paper discusses the reasons for and implications of the recent prominence of civilian protection activities in humanitarian action and analyses the increasing role of non-specialist humanitarian agencies in this sphere. Drawing on three case studies conducted in Darfur, Colombia and Uganda, the paper recommends that each humanitarian organisation, at a minimum, adopts a ‘core commitment’ to protection. This core commitment encompasses mainstreaming protection into their relief operations, as well as the facility to respond to protection incidents encountered during the provision of assistance.

Sorcha O'Callaghan and Sara Pantuliano