CWS is working to ensure that all of its programs help protect the safety, dignity and fundamental rights of the individuals and the communities with whom they work. Whether responding to a disaster, addressing a complex emergency or fostering long-term development, CWS provides technical expertise to ensure that its programs are designed and carried out in a way that avoids creating additional risk in communities and prioritizes the needs of highly vulnerable people. Beyond integrating these standards and supporting principles across its programs, CWS is actively working toward its primary and ultimate goal of helping communities better protect themselves.
CWS provides trainings and support to staff and partners around the world and offers technical resources, including a manual and training module. CWS undertakes protection assessments and research in priority crises and disasters, and participates in a variety of relevant forums, discussions and coordination bodies. Drawing from this range of activities, CWS prioritizes protection issues within our advocacy efforts, particularly advocating for the protection of forcibly displaced people.
The CWS protection mainstreaming manual and training pack are resources for CWS staff and partners as they seek to promote the safety, dignity and fundamental rights of individuals in all programs. The manual describes what protection is, who needs it, and the role that nongovernmental organizations and other actors play in providing it. The training pack includes 13 activities designed to provide an understanding of protection and practical guidance on how to apply the protection framework to programming.
This article, published in the March 2010 issue of Humanitarian Exchange Magazine, highlights the work of Church World Service in Afghanistan and the Giving Hope program, particularly in Kenya, and how that work is fostering community-based protection and empowerment.