Working Papers

The Working Papers series aims to make research related to human rights defenders accessible to the public and to promote further research that is relevant to human rights defenders.

The papers in this series: present recent research findings; highlight under-explored issues; and / or set out theoretical or methodological approaches for research related to human rights defenders.

We aim to have at least 4-6 papers each calendar year, released every 2-3 months.

If you are interested in contributing to the Working Papers series please contact the series editor, Alice Nah.

Small Grants Scheme

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Protecting Human Rights, Humanitarian and Development Actors

Humanitarian, development and human rights actors are facing increasing risks as a result of their work. Yet, when it comes to protection, these actors have tended to work in separate silos. This paper explores the different approaches to protection taken by human rights, development and humanitarian actors, exploring whether there are lessons to be learnt from adjacent fields.

The paper sets out a number of ways humanitarian and development actors could benefit from the approaches to protection developed by the human rights community, and vice versa.