Centrality of Protection in Humanitarian Action 2018 Review

This latest review by the Global Protection Cluster shows that Humanitarian Coordinators can advance the protection of people affected by crisis with confidence, and even in the most challenging conditions. The good practices highlighted reveal what can be achieved when Humanitarian Coordinators embrace the protection agenda; by making it a recurrent item in the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT); by tasking protection clusters to provide information and analysis; and by requesting UNHCR Representatives, as cluster leads, to think of solutions to protection issues. Above all, this review demonstrates the value in ensuring that all sectors undertake protection risk assessments and that they mainstream protection throughout their activities. Moreover, a coherent protection strategy from the HCT can make a critical difference in tackling the most difficult protection issues while identifying those actors with a comparative advantage best placed to address them.