Monitoring protection: Asking the impossible?
Drawing on the newly revised ICRC Professional Standards for Protection Work, we seek to engage an audience of professionals in a dialogue around both failed and successful attempts at monitoring protection work over the past decade, and what lessons must be drawn from them. Also streamed live online.
Where: Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ
In today's armed conflicts, civilians bear the brunt of hostilities. Often caught up in the midst of the fighting, civilians have increasingly also become the direct targets of violence. Humanitarian organizations strive to improve the protection afforded to civilians, but how can they better monitor and evaluate protection programming to ensure that they best serve those in need? This event, co-hosted by the Humanitarian Policy Group at ODI and the International Committee of the Red Cross, aims to understand the challenges of monitoring protection work, and promote discussion on ways forward.
It is well recognized that the primary responsibility for protecting civilian populations from violence rests with national State authorities, international State authorities and non-State authorities that control territory. Belligerents in any conflict have the obligation to respect international humanitarian law and the distinction between civilians and combatants. Yet despite this, modern conflicts have seen a dramatic increase in civilian fatalities.
In such environments, humanitarian agencies strive to improve the protection afforded to civilians. With different mandates, approaches, access levels and acceptance, results have differed widely in different contexts and through the work of different agencies. Some past crises have been deemed failures in terms of the impact of protection work while others have been much more encouraging.What lessons can be taken from both success and failure to improve the protection offered to civilians in future conflicts?
Norah Niland – Research Associate, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
Rachel Hastie – Protection Adviser, Oxfam
Guilhem Ravier – Head of Unit, Protection of the Civilian Population, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
John Mitchell – Director of the Active Learning network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP)
Jenny McAvoy – Director of Protection, InterAction (TBC)
Wendy Fenton - Coordinator, Humanitarian Practice Network (Chair)