L2GP research

The L2GP research and learning products explore how people living in areas affected by natural disasters and complex emergencies understand ‘protection’ – what do people value, and how do they go about protecting themselves, their families and communities? Look under the drop down menu for our specific studies and learning products.

Since 2009, L2GP researchers have interviewed more than 1,500 individuals in specific parts of Burma/Myanmar, the occupied Palestinian Territories, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria and Zimbabwe. A synthesis report was published as a special issue of ODI’s HPN Paper 72 in February 2012. You may download the HPN Paper 72 here.

Common to all L2GP studies so far studies is the finding that it is people at risk themselves who take the lead in providing their own ‘protection’. In most of the studies livelihoods and protection were intimately linked. Contrary to conventional practice by international humanitarian organisations that puts individual human rights at the forefront of their work, the studies found that customary law, local values and traditions in fact mattered more to local communities than formal human rights. Psychological and spiritual needs and threats – to some – were as important as physical survival.

What is also common to all the studies is the observation that such self-protection does not provide the full protection and safety people need. Thus, crucial as it is, local agency  cannot and should not be seen as a substitute for the protection role and responsibility bestowed on national authorities or – when that fails – international actors .

The analysis and opinions in the individual reports are solely the responsibility of the credited author(s) and cannot be attributed to any of the involved institutions.