Policy & Advocacy Publications
“My voice was heard”: Gender, Peace, and Security and Unarmed Civilian Protection
English | Arabic | French | German | Spanish
Atrocity Prevention and Unarmed Civilian Protection
English | Arabic | French | German | Spanish
Local Wisdom as Our Compass: Conflict Sensitivity & Integration in Unarmed Civilian Protection
Straddling humanitarian, peace, and development boundaries: Unarmed Civilian Protection and the triple nexus
- Interrupting Cycles of Violence| Global
In this new report, we share stories of our people-centered approach to protecting civilians, and what that means in practice. With examples from Ukraine, Myanmar, Sudan, South Sudan, Iraq, the Philippines, and the United States, the report details initiatives taken by local communities and NP in 2022 to interrupt cycles of violence.
Unarmed Civilian Protection in Practice 2022
- Unarmed Civilian Protection Efforts in Sudan | Sudan
Preliminary conclusions regarding interventions of NP in North and West Darfur following the establishment of NP's Country office in Al Fashir in May 2022.
Preliminary Findings (Nov 2022)
Snapshot: Civilian Protection Needs and Responses in Sudan (April 2023)
Flash Report: Violent Conflict in Sudan, No End in Sight (May 2023)
- Civilian Protection Needs & Responses in Ukraine | Ukraine
Key conclusions from the assessment conducted by NP and makes recommendations on emergency and future protection programming in Ukraine.
Preliminary Findings (May 2022)
Kharkiv Snapshot (June 2022) in English; in Ukrainian
Mykolaiv Snapshot (July 2022) in English; in Ukrainian
Kharkiv Snapshot Update (Sept 2022)
Kherson Rapid Assessment (Nov 2022) in English; in Ukrainian
Kherson Snapshot Update (Dec 2022)
Civilian Protection Needs in De-Occupied Frontline Territories (February 2023)
Responsible Partnerships? Risk, protection & local actors in the Ukraine humanitarian response (May 2023)
- Moving Forward the Mainstreaming of Women, Peace and Security in the ASEAN | Myanmar, the Philippines, and Thailand
The baseline study is meant to provide evidence of women’s role and participation in peace and security specifically in Myanmar, Philippines, and Thailand; come up with a regional perspective and database through comparative examples of women’s participation in local peacebuilding initiatives; and identify possible courses of action towards mainstreaming WPS in the region. The policy brief underscores issues with corresponding recommendations to particular stakeholders in WPS mainstreaming in the ASEAN.
Policy Brief (February 2021)
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.
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.