This field manual aims to contribute to international efforts to improve the protection of individuals and communities at risk in disasters, conflicts, displacement and protracted crisis contexts. The need for this manual on community-based protection was identified by ActionAid staff working with local partners and communities. It was perceived that the role of
communities was often overlooked in humanitarian protection approaches that focus on the responsibilities and roles of States and international actors.
This manual provides practical guidance for NGO field staff on the integration of a community-based protection approach into their programs across diverse sectors and contexts. It draws together key protection concepts, methods and tools being used and developed by NGOs and humanitarian agencies into one practical and user-friendly manual. It follows the program cycle so that field staff can see how a community-based protection approach can be systematically and practically applied to all programming efforts.