PoC events

The annual PoC events are initiated by the Protection of Civilians (PoC) department of PAX as part of its Strategic Partnership with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


2019 – Contributing to Human Security through training: a mission impossible?

Training of international security forces and governance actors is commonly seen as one of the more viable and safe options to contribute to goals as wide as Security Sector Reform (SSR), Protection of Civilians (PoC), Gender, counter terrorism, stabilization, anti-piracy and border security. The Netherlands contributes to many forms of training with a variety of means coordinated by a diversity of bodies. Building international capacities in complex and fragile settings is riddled with challenges such as competing political interests and coordination mechanisms, a limited capacity to plan for and adjust to local realities, a general lack of outcome tracking and ultimately the risk of harming human security despite the best intentions.

On 3 December 2019, the PoC department of PAX brought together international training experts and policy makers in the field of training with the explicit aim to discuss and suggest recommendations to the Dutch training efforts and to contribute to the impact on Human Security through Dutch contributions to international training.

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[Photos: Jeppe Schilder]

 



2018 – Applying Data for Peacekeeping

Peacekeeping relies on structural, actionable and timely information to be effective. The challenges lie in collecting and collating relevant information, applying information for effective actions and measuring performance. The conference brought together researchers and data specialists, peacekeeping staff and policy makers.

On 14 and 15 November 2018, the Protection of Civilians department of PAX organized the conference ”Applying Data for Peacekeeping” in the Hague. The aim was to link innovations in data collection and analysis with the need for structural information for peacekeepers to improve peacekeeping in practice. The conference aimed to contribute to solutions by addressing the various types of data (e.g. need assessments, remote sensing, open source, big data) and their application through tools (e.g. threat analysis, data management systems, surveys etc.) for peacekeeping operations.

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[Photos: Jeppe Schilder]

Over two days, participants engaged in a mix of plenary and breakout sessions. The main discussion themes are captured in the two reports below:

The program of the conference can found in the following document:

During the program, the tool ”Mentimeter” was used to gather information and to evaluate the program. The results can be found in the following document:

 


2017 – Protection of Civilians: Shared Goals, Different Visions?

On 4 and 5 October 2017 the Protection of Civilians Department of PAX organized the conference ‘’Protection of Civilians. Shared Goals, Different Visions?’’ in The Hague, Netherlands.

The conference brought together experts with experience in MINUSMA, MONUSCO and UNMISS, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, Forsvarets Forsknings Institutt (FFI), the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) and PAX to discuss current challenges in protection of civililians and to find pathways and opportunities to improving PoC in practice.

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[Photos: Jeppe Schilder]

Over two days, participants engaged in a mix of plenary and breakout sessions. The main discussion themes are captured in the two reports below:

During the conference, the tool ”Mentimeter” was used to enhance interaction between presenters and the audience, and to gather information on participant backgrounds and interests. The results can be found in the following document:


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