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Issue Briefs

An Introduction to UCP

Responding to Crisis Multiplied: Climate, Conflict, and UCP
English | Arabic | German | Spanish

Protection for youth, by youth: Youth, Peace and Security and UCP
English | Arabic | German | Spanish

“My voice was heard”: Gender, Peace, and Security and Unarmed Civilian Protection
English | Arabic | German | Spanish

Atrocity Prevention and Unarmed Civilian Protection
English |

Local Wisdom as Our Compass: Conflict Sensitivity & Integration in Unarmed Civilian Protection
English | 

Straddling humanitarian, peace, and development boundaries: Unarmed Civilian Protection and the triple nexus
English | 

Localising Protection? Community-based strategies and leadership in the protection of civilians
English |

Beyond Election Day: Unarmed Civilian Protection and Electoral Cycles
English |

Food Security and Unarmed Civilian Protection

Programme Briefs

Core Competencies

These documents aim to assist in the application of unarmed civilian protection (UCP) methods and principles. The many methods of UCP often prove successful in solving or calming conflicts with the long-term benefit of strengthening communities, infrastructure and ongoing dialogue that are needed to sustain hard-earned peace.

To interrupt cycles of violence and facilitate sustainable peace, we work through these five avenues: 

Inclusive Ceasefires and Peace Processes

NP strengthens inclusive ceasefires and peace processes through its focus on the proactive role of civil society in ceasefire monitoring and the integration of monitoring with UCP methods. We promote an approach to ceasefire monitoring that is led by civil society actors and focuses squarely on reducing the impact of ceasefire violations and armed clashes on civilian populations.

Protection in Humanitarian Emergencies

NP combines direct physical protection with more commonly known humanitarian protection efforts such as reducing the vulnerability of rape survivors to further harm or providing safer access to humanitarian assistance for ethnic minority groups. We also support local and international humanitarian actors to strengthen meaningful access, safety and dignity in their aid efforts. 

Protection of Children

NP combines direct physical protection with more commonly known child protection efforts such as family tracing and reunification, monitoring, facilitating access to legal aid.

Social Cohesion

The niche of NP in the field of social cohesion lies with its application of UCP methods and its long-term presence at the community level, before, during and after crisis situations and humanitarian emergencies. 

Women, Peace, and Security

NP combines direct physical protection with more commonly known WPS strategies such as fostering alliances between women’s groups, training emerging women leaders or facilitating assistance regarding sexual violence. However, we deliver projects on all 4 pillars of the WPS agenda. 

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