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Monitoring protection in today's conflicts

11-07-2013 Feature

In today's wars, civilians bear the brunt of hostilities and are increasingly the direct targets of violence. Humanitarian and human rights organizations strive to provide protection to civilians caught up in armed conflict.  

The questions we ask here are how realistic and effective can the monitoring and evaluation of Protection programmes be, and why it is so hard to learn lessons from past conflicts.

This panel discussion in London, held on 5 July at the Overseas Development Institute, to mark the publication of the newly revised ICRC Professional Standards for Protection Work, was one of a number of events be held across the world, from Washington to Nairobi.

Watch the first part below, where Norah Niland of the Graduate Institute of Geneva argues that monitoring protection effectively is indeed possible, then watch the rest of the event here.