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How can we better facilitate communities to drive the design and implementation of the responses to their safety and protection challenges?

The Dutch Relief Alliance partners are looking for innovative ways in which affected communities can be more in the lead of the humanitarian aid offered by organisations. They are looking for solutions that enable two-way communication, accountability mechanisms and human centred design solutions.

From the field three challenges have been specifically defined:

  1. Community driven child protection – War Child
  2. Co-designing and co-creating community protection mechanisms CARE Nederland
  3. Innovating alternative fuel strategies for protection and livelihoods – CARE Nederland

See below for the full Challenge Briefs and contact details!


1. Community driven child protection

Protective mechanisms often break down in contexts of humanitarian crisis – leaving children exposed to risks such as sexual abuse and recruitment into armed groups. Protection initiatives are most relevant and sustainable when owned and driven by community members. Yet this process is time-consuming – and humanitarian needs require urgent responses.

War Child is working to address this division – with a community-driven protection intervention that can be implemented rapidly in a variety of humanitarian contexts. Want to collaborate with us? Get in touch before May 9!

Contact: Rinske Ellermeijer 

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2.Co-designing and co-creating community protection mechanisms

Communities in DRC with high concentration of IDPs lack systems and mechanisms (especially community-wide coordinated ones) which allow them to adequately (and collectively) drive the design and implementation of responses to their own safety and protection challenges.  Learning from existent experiences in other sectors, CARE Nederland sees that a participatory and inclusive process of developing community mechanisms for the protection sectors is desired in order to have real time alerts of emerging risks or unintended negative consequences that affect safety and protection. This would contribute to accountability mechanisms and real time data to inform humanitarian action.

Contact: Graciela van der Poel

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3. Innovating alternative fuel strategies for protection and livelihoods

Despite the risk, women and girls still move out of their settlement, displacement sites for fuel as a life-saving necessity and to sell the fuel to generate income. Humanitarian partners in South Sudan have pursued a range of alternative fuel strategies since 2014 across different sectors, including Protection, NFI/Shelter and FSL. CARE Nederland proposes a way forward that builds on existing initiatives, not duplicating but rather strengthening the design allowing for multi-purpose stoves as a means to address both the protection needs of women and girls, in addition to facilitating suitable income generating opportunities.

Contact: Graciela van der Poel

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