Civilian security and protection

The approaches employed by humanitarian actors to protect civilians, and the linkages between protection analysis and programming, are key components of the Humanitarian Policy Group's work.
Local Pakistani kids await to be evacuated after the floods in Khyber - Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Joshua Kruger)

The starting point for this ongoing area of focus is an understanding of the threats faced by communities in different contexts, the steps they take to reduce risks, and the extent to which national and international mechanisms offer effective protection.

Research explores the respective roles of military, political, human rights and humanitarian actors in civilian protection and the extent to which these are complementary, both at policy and practice levels. The implications of different forms of settlement – like camps, other settlements or hosting arrangements – for civilian security will be the immediate focus of work under this theme.

Sub themes

  • Aid workers in insecure environments
  • Practice of protection
  • Protection and livelihoods
  • Civil-military coordination