Humanitarian Protection Initiative (HPI)
About the Initiative
The humanitarian sector faces increasing challenges as conflicts globally are more entrenched, leading to severe repercussions for civilians. According to the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), nearly 300 million people will be in need of assistance and protection in 2024 while emerging and ongoing conflicts have led to a considerable rise in conflict fatalities and harm to civilians.
Improving the effectiveness of efforts to better protect conflict-affected populations from violence, coercion, and deliberate deprivation is a priority as experts warn that protection risks are increasing in complexity and severity. More evidence is needed to understand the mechanisms that promote the safety, dignity, and rights of people affected by conflict and to understand the most effective designs of protection policies and programming.
To address this gap, HPI supports research to generate rigorous evidence through funding proposals to design, pilot, and evaluate solutions to effectively improve protection outcomes. HPI will foster research and learning on pivotal protection concerns in conflict settings, including the prevention of sexual- and gender-based violence; addressing the psychological effects of abuse and distress; promoting the recognition, respect and uptake of rights; and mitigating conflict escalation while fostering restraint among armed actors.
In doing so, HPI aims to fill gaps in research and equip humanitarian actors with a greater understanding of cost-effective, scalable, and context-sensitive solutions to prevent and remedy physical, psychological, social, and legal harm against conflict-affected populations.
- Research RFP: Open