In April 2016, InterAction visited Colombia to identify and document the key elements of results-based protection in practice. The visit led to key recommendations for actors in Colombia to strengthen the prevention and response to the use and recruitment of children by armed groups. This is the third country visit by InterAction to support and strengthen results-based approaches to protection in the field. Additional visits include: Lebanon, to explore outcome-oriented methods for program design, and Myanmar, to strengthen protection analysis.
Jessica Lenz, Senior Program Manager for Protection at InterAction provided insights on the work of the Results-Based Protection Program in the field, highlighting findings, recommendations, and opportunities across contexts.
David Garcia, Advocacy and Communications Advisor at NRC Colombia and Protection Cluster co-lead, joined us to reflect on InterAction’s visit to Colombia and how actors there are now prioritizing and taking forward the recommendations. He also spoke about the current peace process as it relates to protection and how using a results-based approach can support their work going forward.
RESULTS-BASED PROTECTION REPORT:
In April 2016, InterAction visited Colombia to identify and document the key elements of results-based protection in practice. The visit led to key recommendations for actors in Colombia to strengthen the prevention and response to the use and recruitment of children by armed groups.
A few key findings:
- Significant effort by multiple actors has helped to shape policy to prevent and stop the use of and recruitment of children by armed groups; however, this progress is not mirrored in efforts to change attitudes and behavior.
- A contributing factor to a lack of change in behavior or practice is the lack of government presence where recruitment continues to take place.
- Communities are using multiple methods to prevent child recruitment.
- Stronger engagement with peacebuilding, conflict resolution, development, and other actors should foster innovation to prevent child recruitment in some areas.
- A causal logic helps to expose assumptions about the proposed solutions and helps all actors recognize opportunities for how to engage and at what level.
The report also includes specific opportunities and recommendations for incorporating a results-based approach to protection.