Protection Networks

PI implements specific work to support the strengthening of non-violent self-protection capacities for HRDs and CSOs in rural areas in Guatemala, Colombia, Thailand, Indonesia and Kenya.

PI has called “protection networks” (PN) to this collective protection approach. It is conceived as a process of strengthening the capacities on non-violent self-protection of communities and their territories as collective subjects, and which is embedded into their own social networks and existing practices.

From there, new connections are established with support organisations and institutions, whether local, national or international. This broader network of solidarity towards the territory is key, breaking the isolation of HRDs, which is also one of the elements favouring the impunity of the aggressions. Moreover, the networks allow the coordination of capacities to respond to specific needs such as technical advice, legal support, advocacy, economic support, etc.

Hence PI’s intervention model assumes that HRDs and their CSOs are not “objects” of protection but rather “subjects” and actors of their own protection. The challenge is to ensure that protection networks do not constantly behave in an emergency and reactive mode to the events that occur, but that they are able to influence the context with preventive strategies based on the idea of risk assessment and prevention.

By recognising all of the above, we understand that the accompaniment and support to the HRDs and communities that defend their human rights and territories must be done in the territory and from the territory, reinforcing the importance of the collective subject.

To this end, PI facilitates context and stakeholder analyses, risk assessments facilitation for elaboration of protection strategies and long-term support to strengthen collective practices that yield positive protection outcomes. Equally, the process of accompanying and strengthening collective protection practices of the networks requires a variety of capacities and efforts that PI seeks to harness through partnerships with other allied organisations: research on corporate actors, legal support, psychosocial support, training on communications and outreach, and advocacy toward state authorities and key stakeholders, among other issues.

Between 2009 and 2015, PI developed applied research activities, which resulted in different tools, such as:


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