Animating Protection Mainstreaming

20 Nov 2017   |   Blog   |   Emergency Relief

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"Protection Mainstreaming – it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it."

So what IS “protection mainstreaming”? How do principles like safety, dignity and meaningful access shape our humanitarian relief programs? 

This month, Caritas Australia and partners released a short animated film addressing these questions. In four short minutes, the film discusses what protection mainstreaming is and highlights eight practical considerations that agencies responding in crises can employ to promote the safety and dignity of affected communities when designing and delivering humanitarian response programs.

When disaster strikes, how we respond as humanitarians is just as critical as what we provide.  With this in mind, Caritas Australia and sister agencies CAFOD, CRS and Trócaire have worked together over the past several years to develop and pilot a shared resource tool called the ‘Protection Mainstreaming Framework’. This practical tool can be used by staff and partners when designing, delivering and monitoring programs. Since development, the tool has been used in numerous contexts including in Nepal, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan, attracting positive feedback from staff and partner agencies across our international network.

The initiative helped to shape what we meant by protection."
Protection mainstreaming working group member

Watch the Protection Mainstreaming animation film (English*) below:

You can view and download the video on our Vimeo channel.

You can also download the full Protection Mainstreaming Framework (PDF).

Further enquiries about the film or framework can be directed to Catherine Cowley (Inter-Agency Protection Mainstreaming Working Group Coordinator), or Caritas Australia Protection Mainstreaming focal points Kirsten Ridley and Suzy McIntyre.

*Additional language voiceover/subtitled versions will be available in coming months.

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