Protecting civilians in armed conflict

Strategy 2017-2019

Millions of people are affected by wars in 49 armed conflicts around the world. Geneva Call has defined a new strategy for the coming three years, to increase its impact and to prevent abuses committed against civilians during conflicts.

3 Main Orientations

1
Prioritize the countries of intervention
  • Reinforce and develop activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Yemen
  • Maintain the level of activity: India, Lebanon, Burma/Myanmar
2
Prioritize and adapt the dialogue
  • Identify and select armed non-State actors (ANSAs) through a prioritization grid
  • Adapt the level of dialogue with each ANSA to humanitarian needs
  • Continue to monitor ANSAs that are active signatories to the Deeds of Commitment
  • Implement a strategy of disengagement with selected ANSAs
3
Reinforce tools to engage in humanitarian dialogue
  • Develop and strategize the use of tools to promote compliance with humanitarian norms
  • Obtain the implementation of concrete measures by ANSAs to increase respect for humanitarian norms
  • Reinforce the independent monitoring of ANSA’s commitments on the protection of civilians
  • Follow up on the allegations of violation of these commitments
4
Reinforce impact
  • Create a position of internal operational audit advisor
  • Review the internal planning and monitoring processes
1
Explore new possibilities for dialogue
  • Explore possibilities to engage in dialogue with armed non-state actors (ANSAs) in
    • Afghanistan and Pakistan
    • the Central African Republic
    • Libya, Mali, Nigeria
    • Ukraine
  • Develop a strategy to engage hard-to-reach ANSAs
2
Develop Geneva Call’s expertise on new humanitarian issues
  • Address 3 new themes:
    • the prevention of displacement
    • the protection of the medical mission
    • the protection of cultural heritage
  • Initiate pilot activities on these themes
3
Reinforce Geneva Call’s existing expertise
  • Strengthen 3 new topics
    • the fight against explosive weapons in populated areas
    • the protection of schools and universities from military use in armed conflict
    • gender-based discrimination
  • Deepen humanitarian dialogue with ANSAs on these topics
4
Develop protection activities with local communities
  • Build Geneva Call’s capacity on community-based protection and assistance to communities
  • Implement programmes to develop the communities’ own capacity to protect themselves from the conflict
  • Implement programmes to develop local assistance for vulnerable communities
5
Reinforce security, quality and sustainability
  • Reinforce security measures adapted to location and situation
  • Strengthen field structures in priority contexts
  • Streamline the headquarters’ assignment
1
Achieve the transition of leadership and consolidate governance
  • Manage the transition of leadership
  • Clarify the roles of Geneva Call’s governance bodies
2
Communicate and advocate for influence
  • Communicate to facilitate adherence to and acceptance of Geneva Call’s mission
  • Develop an advocacy strategy to increase the space for humanitarian dialogue with armed non-State actors (ANSAs)
3
Manage growth successfully
  • Increase budget and resources to support operational growth
  • Strengthen administrative procedures to adapt to more field structures

Highlights 2017 - 2019

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