Capturing good practices and learning from the field: Collective leadership on Accountability to Affected People and the Centrality of Protection in the Iraq humanitarian operation
The Iraq context is highly complex and volatile, with a large-scale protracted crisis and intense armed conflict driving waves of mass displacement. At least 11 million Iraqis may be in need of some form of humanitarian assistance and protection in 2016. Because of its complexity and breadth, addressing common challenges through collective efforts have been key for Iraq Humanitarian Coordinator and Humanitarian Country Team.
Together with the Global Protection Cluster (GPC), World Vision International and the Lebanese NGO Amel Association, the STAIT undertook a learning mission to Iraq in August 2016. The key focus areas were senior field leader’s collective efforts to address accountability to affected people (AAP) and the Centrality of Protection. Iraq was selected as the good practice example based on consultations with the GPC and IASC Task Team on AAP and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.
The team met with humanitarian practitioners in Erbil and Baghdad including the Humanitarian Coordinator and Heads of relevant UN agencies, NGOs and clusters, and conducted focus group discussion with in Debagaa camp with internally displaced people (IDPs). The mission was followed by a desk review involving Nepal, Burundi and Sudan (AAP), and Yemen, Syria, the occupied Palestinian territory, and South Sudan (Centrality of Protection).
The Practical steps that HCs and HCTs can take to put their protection responsibilities into practice are summarised on the STAIT centrality of protection webpage and set out in the STAIT and Global Protection Cluster Note: ‘The Centrality of protection in practice: Practical steps for HCs and HCT.
The mission captured a series of good practices on collective leadership, including: