Protection Sector Mid-Year Review: January-June 2017

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A protection response along a common multiyear humanitarian strategy

For the first time in Sudan, a multi-year humanitarian strategy has been adopted by the humanitarian community. Along with other sectors, the protection sector, and its child protection, GBV and mine action subsectors, started to review its response to ensure consistency with the humanitarian strategy, which proposes results reflecting three areas of concern.

The first one relates to the assistance and protection needs facing people and communities newly affected by conflict, violence or disasters. For the protection sector, this requires primarily the provision of emergency protection services to communities newly displaced, as those from Jebel Mara in 2016. This year, the protection sector was also able, with other humanitarian sectors, to access areas within Jebel Marra.

The second result pursued under the multi-year humanitarian strategy relates to the capacity of communities in protracted displacement to access services in a sustainable way. For the protection sector, this means in particular to strengthen community structures, such as women centres, or child protection networks, and enable them to provide protection to vulnerable individuals or households and provide spaces and support for counseling and referral to other services. It also includes land clearance from explosive remnants of war.

Finally, the protection sector identified its role in the response to malnutrition in Sudan, through its child protection component. A multiyear approach means building blocks which contribute to results with a longer lifespan. The protection sector has started to identify these building blocks, and works through a multiyear sequence of activities, in particular in support to community capacities.

This document reports achievements reached under each outcome of the humanitarian response plan 2017, for the first half of the year. Emergency needs and limited funding obliged partners to direct their resources on rapid response. A multiyear approach will only be meaningful if we accompany communities beyond emergencies. The linkage with development partners remains to be established.