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Protection in Practice (PiP)

For a mission to successfully protect civilians and prevent civilian harm, military personnel must be adequately trained and equipped. They also need to be able to act in accordance with PoC policy, guidelines and doctrine. Lastly, though less common in mission protocols, they should always incorporate and respond to civilian perspectives. This last requirement is the focus of the Protection in Practice (PiP) project.

In collaboration with independent experts and organizations, the Protection in Practice project works with international military actors and institutions operating in conflict settings globally, including in the two countries where PAX implements the Human Security Survey (HSS). It also connects to the policy-focused work with the UN and NATO achieved through PAX’s Engaging International Actors on PoC (EIA) initiative. The project seeks to build technical capacities on PoC and contribute to greater transparency and accountability of military missions.

The Protection in Practice approach
• Develop specialized PoC training and exercise modules for military personnel based on best practices and lessons learned from diverse field contexts.
• Advise military missions and institutions on PoC-focused data collection, analysis and data-driven decision making.
• Contribute to guidelines, methods and tools used to track, report, and ultimately mitigate civilian casualties and other forms of civilian harm, including longer-term effects of conflict.
• Develop capacity for independent in-mission research on the effectiveness of military guidelines, methods and doctrine on the protection of civilians.

Contact person PiP Project
Wilbert van der Zeijden, Team Coordinator and Project Lead PiP: vanderzeijden@paxforpeace.nl.

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UN Photo: Sylvain Liechti

Other relevant publications

2024 Statement by the NGO Working Group on PoC
PAX en Airwars briefing voor het Nederlandse parlement
PAX PoC Program annual report 2021