People and work that inspire us

Since we embarked on the Local to Global Protection initiative, we’ve come across a number of people and institutions, who has continued to inspire our work. Many of the most important are individuals or small local organizations with no formal or public ‘face’. But other do have web sites or blogs where you can seek further knowledge and inspiration. This list will grow as we continue to seek inspiration and knowledge.

  • Casey Barrs from the Cuny Centre in the US has written a comprehensive inventory of the multitude of strategies people at risk use to survive and protect themselves. This is a concrete and practical source of inspiration and you can read ‘How civilians survive’ here (PDF)
  • The Humanitarian Policy Group at ODI has an ongoing commitment to produce research on protection and a number of related issues such as livelihoods, humanitarian policy and advocacy. You can find their website here (external link)
  • The Listening Project is a comprehensive and systematic exploration of the ideas and insights of people who live in societies that have been on the recipient side of international assistance. Their approach and insights has inspired L2GP since it’s interception. Find their web site and a large number of reports here (external link)
  • The Do No Harm Project (DNH), begun in 1993, seeks to identify the ways in which international humanitarian and/or development assistance given in conflict settings may be provided so that, rather than exacerbating and worsening the conflict, it helps local people disengage from fighting and develop systems for settling the problems which prompt conflict within their societies. Learn more here (external link)
  • Self-protection in Burma/Myanmar: Read for instance the Karen Human Rights Group report: ‘Self-protection under strain: Targeting of civilians and local responses in northern Karen State‘ here
  • The Thai Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) has worked with and supported communities in Burma’s conflict zones for decades – read more about their approaches here