Community Protection Approach Handbook

Date published
30 Apr 2020
Tools, guidelines and methodologies
Conflict, violence & peace, Coordination, Multi-sector/cross-sector, humanitarian action, Humanitarian Principles, Protection, human rights & security, Social protection

The Community Protection Approach (CPA) is the result of continuous, action-led research conducted by WeWorld-GVC having started in 2013, with the collaboration of key humanitarian and research partners in protracted crises. The CPA, present in its 3rd revision, provides a systematic set of operational instruments for local responders and aid actors to design projects and programs, and to steer area-based coherence and complementarity with other multi-sector actions under an Integrated Protection framework.

The Overview introduces the Community Protection Approach (CPA) Handbook and is a guide to understanding the research methodology used for its design and development. It aims to set out the general logic of the CPA in order to identify its application opportunities in different contexts.

The Guidelines provide step-by-step guidance for field implementation. It forms part of the 2nd module of the handbook. The CPA Handbook is openly available to any organization, individual or institution interested in studying or applying the CPA. It has been designed particularly for its application by organizations with few technical and human resources, and it is composed of 6 modules: The Overview, Guidelines, Toolkit, Contextualization, Training Package, and Individual Protection Approach.

The CPA Handbook provides non-digital tools, yet is also complemented by a specific web-based platform developed by WeWorld-GVC. The CPA Platform automates quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, together with standard project management activities (reporting, remote monitoring, quality control of data collection, identification and referral, field staff planning and supervision). It is designed to ensure integrated protection and multisector assessments, as well as monitoring and analysis serving both humanitarian and development projects or programs.