Global Protection Forum 2023: Proactive Engagement with Armed Actors to Reduce Violence and Protection Civilians

The fifth session at the Global Protection Forum 2023, led by the Overseas Development Institute and Nonviolent Peaceforce, explored ways that conflict affected civilians engage with armed actors to protect themselves. It considered different forms of engagement with armed actors to enhance their responsiveness to community protection needs, reduce violence within their ranks, or support unarmed civilian protection efforts. It discussed the implications for protection and peace actors, and opportunities to strengthen complementarity between humanitarian and peace action.

Watch the session recordings using the link on the right-hand side of this page.