Protection in Practice

The Protection in Practice project aims to build the capacity of national staff to deliver activities which ensure the protection of civilians during times of crisis, while transforming the sector’s approach to protection.

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About the project

Protection refers to activities aimed at obtaining respect for the rights of individuals in accordance with international law, regardless of their age, gender, social ethnic, national, religious, or other background.

However, expertise in protection is often not embedded in local and national organisations, which are uniquely placed to respond rapidly and appropriately to disasters. In order to empower national level organisations to take greater ownership of protection response and enable them to mainstream it, a shift in the relationship between international and national organisations is required.

This project will demonstrate how skills and expertise developed gained at national level bring value to a protection response, while fostering collaboration between international and national actors, with the aim of shifting protection activities to a more decentralised approach. National actors will be supported to actively participate in protection coordination mechanisms in order to further contribute to broader change in the sector.

The project will capture learning about what works and why in capacity building relationships between national and international organisations. The project will use pilot activities, staff exchanges, secondments, and work experience to give partners real practical experience combined with support and mentoring.


The project has three interlinked aims which will be implemented one after another in each location:

1. To build greater capacity for protection mainstreaming among national humanitarian staff, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs) by increasing knowledge and understanding

2. To help five national NGO/ CBOs become protection specialists by assisting them to implement protection activities and coordinate effectively with other protection actors

3. To create an effective evidence base of what works in practice and share this with other projects and initiatives, increasing knowledge and understanding of how to raise capacity for protection in national level organisations

Who is involved?

The project is delivered through a consortium led by Oxfam and including World Vision and the International Rescue Committee.

Where is the project taking place?

The project is taking place in Pakistan, Turkey, Lebanon, Myanmar, South Sudan, the Philippines, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.


The three year project is funded with £804,000 from UK Aid, part of the Disaster and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP).

Find out more

Read the project one-pager
Protection Mainstreaming Briefing Note
Protection Mainstreaming Monitoring & Evaluation System (ProMMS)
Communication package on protection
Read the Protection in Practice Learning Snapshot



Learning review, output 1: How has Shifting the Power influenced local and national partner's response to emergencies?

Learning review, output 2: Increasing the voice and the influence of local and national NGOs


Protection Mainstreaming Training Package - English

Protection Mainstreaming Training Package - Urdu


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