Humanitarian Protection Policy for The ACT Alliance

Date published
02 Jun 2010
Plans, policy and strategy
Development & humanitarian aid, Protection, human rights & security
ACT Alliance

Core Principles for ACT Alliance Humanitarian Protection Work

Principle 1: Prioritise the safety, dignity and empowerment of all women, girls, boys and
men at all times without discrimination.

Principle 2: Make a core commitment to mainstream gender and protection into all humanitarian assistance programmes.

Principle 3: Adopt a community-based approach to protection work that enables the active participation of communities in determining appropriate risk reduction measures.

Principle 4: Ensure that all humanitarian needs assessments address risk, taking into consideration threats, vulnerabilities and capacities of individuals and communities.

Principle 5: Ensure mechanisms are in place to prevent and respond to the occurrence of sexual abuse and exploitation and gender-based violence.

Principle 6: Ensure that organisations having 'specialised' protection programmes observe professional standards and have the capacity and expertise to meet the standards required.

Principle 7: Ensure all personal and protection-sensitive information is managed responsibly.

Principle 8: Protection advocacy must be based on a careful risk-benefit analysis involving field staff and affected communities and be part of an integrated protection strategy.

Principle 9: Recognise that the State has the primary responsibility for protection and ensure that the ultimate aim of protective humanitarian action is to reinforce, not replace, the State’s responsibility to respect, protect and fulfil human rights.

Principle 10: In situations of international and non-international armed conflicts, recognise and promote the obligations of States and armed non-state groups under international humanitarian law, including to respect and protect civilians, as well as to facilitate the work of humanitarian organisations working in areas affected by armed conflict.

Principle 11: Seek to work in a complementary and collaborative manner with other humanitarian actors in order to strengthen the impact of collective protective action and avoid unnecessary duplication.