Local to Global Protection: Protection in the occupied Palestinian territories

Date Published: October 15, 2014 Author: Rafael Eguiguren & Luna Saadeh

The L2GP studies 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?

In particular, although it is not a new report, this study on Protection in the occupied Palestinian territories underscores many of the elements of results-based protection:

  • Threats identified by communities – including the importance of a context-specific and participatory protection analysis that builds on local coping strategies and resilience.

    Disaggregated data to understand protection threats, vulnerabilities, and capacities for populations where protection needs may vary significantly by location, age, ethnic group, gender, etc.

  • Flexible program approaches that allow for context- and target group- specific program design and can be adapted to changing dynamics of threats, vulnerabilities, and capacities

    M&E systems that emphasize results rather than merely how activities are executed


    Engagement from complementary/contributory efforts beyond traditional humanitarian actors to build upon and complement initiatives from relief, development, and advocacy initiatives

I don’t understand why the international actors do what they do. They come here with aid and development projects, but that is not effective (. . .). It is not effective because the problem here is not a specific crisis, but a long-standing occupation. You have to realize that with the present logic, they can do projects for 1,000 years and nothing will change

Woman, Ramallah, West Bank