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    Global Protection Cluster Community of Practice

    A Brief Background:

    Following extensive consultations with protection cluster coordinators from field operations, the need for information exchange and lessons learned to be shared across operations was underscored. The result is the establishment of a GPC Community of Practice platform, which intends to ensure that GPC support is better targeted to the needs of the field and that protection actors inform priority setting and analysis at the global level.


    The platform has a focus on engagement and aims to bring together a pool of protection cluster coordinators, protection cluster members and other protection actors in the field. The purpose is to build a more inclusive and diverse community to share practices and discuss innovative ways to make protection action more effective. The platform, a facility that supports the GPC Strategic Framework 2016-19 objective of ensuring targeted field support, is a forum for discussing and sharing existing approaches, techniques and ideas that have worked (or not worked), and to share knowledge about this work. To foster a culture of innovation and information sharing, the platform will dedicate space to the GPC’s four task teams: the TT-Learning, TT-Protection Mainstreaming, TT-Mine Action and the TT- House, Land, and Property to exchange information and give feedback on lessons learned and activities rolled out in the field.

    Global Protection Cluster Strategic Framework

    What is the GPC Strategic Framework?

    The Global Protection Cluster (GPC) was established in the context of the humanitarian reform in 2005. It is a network of UN agencies, NGOs and international organizations working on protection in conflict and disaster settings, including in child protection, gender-based violence, housing, land and property and mine action.The Strategic Framework is based on extensive consultation on-line, with staff in the field and at headquarters, as well as a literature review of relevant recent reviews and evaluations of humanitarian response. The Strategic Framework guides the priorities and work of the GPC for the next four years and builds on the achievements of the GPC to date, which include promoting the centrality of protection in humanitarian action, providing a wide spectrum of support to staff in the field and developing policy standards and response capacity.

    Transformation Through Innovation

    The GPC Community of Practice platform is not only about sharing experiences and lessons learned, but also about sharing new ideas. For this reason, it hosts a protection challenge section that focuses on convening the collective talents of practitioners within and across traditional and non-traditional actors. Building on the GPC Strategic Framework objective of engaging with a wide variety of actors and potential new partners, the protection challenge section enables collaborative problem solving and idea generation. It is a space, where the online community, contributes ideas, solutions and discussion to a common problem. 

    Connecting Protection Clusters through a Global Platform