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Protection of Civilians$
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Haidi Willmot, Ralph Mamiya, Scott Sheeran, and Marc Weller

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198729266

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729266.001.0001

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Humanitarian Protection—Moving beyond the Tried and Tested

Humanitarian Protection—Moving beyond the Tried and Tested

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Protection of Civilians

Sara Pantuliano

Eva Svoboda

Oxford University Press

The authors describe the humanitarian protection policy framework and humanitarian protection practice, noting a significant gap between the two. They argue that the lack of definitional clarity of the concept of humanitarian protection, a proliferation of protection actors, and differing mandates and objectives have all contributed to disjointed humanitarian protection activity, even as mechanisms such as the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) aim to counter this effect. Humanitarian actors recognize that an improved collective analysis of protection threats and needs is critical for protection work to influence the behaviour of armed actors and thus better protect affected communities. Too often, local actors are insufficiently incorporated into the humanitarian response, and improved collective analysis also needs to reflect the role of local actors who have knowledge of and networks among communities. Regardless of protection actors’ involvement, the local population ultimately constitutes the first line of defence when people are threatened.

Keywords:   humanitarian policy framework, humanitarian protection practice, Inter-Agency Standing Committee, humanitarian actors, humanitarian response, self-protection

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