It is often people’s immediate community that provides the first, last and perhaps best tactical response for many people affected by or under threat of displacement. In the 23 feature theme articles in this issue of FMR, authors from around the world – including authors who are themselves displaced – explore the capacity of communities to organise themselves before, during and after displacement in ways that help protect the community. See more at http://www.fmreview.org/community-protection.html.
FMR 53 - From the Editors
This issue’s feature theme, ‘Local communities: first and last providers of protection’, looks at the capacity of communities to organise themselves before, during and after displacement in ways that help protect the community.
FMR 53 - Understanding and supporting community-led protection
Supporting locally led protection strategies can significantly improve the impact of protection interventions.
FMR 53 - Challenging the established order: the need to 'localise' protection
The growing criticism of protection actors for neglecting indigenous coping strategies and capacities should prompt a radical, creative re-think of attitudes and approaches.
FMR 53 - Women-led self-protection in Sudan
In parts of Sudan, local NGOs and women’s groups have taken the lead in their own protection, and their considerable achievements have helped change the status of women in their communities.
FMR 53 - This group is essential to our survival: urban refugees and community-based protection
Nearly 60 percent of all refugees now live in cities, a trend that will continue as camps increasingly become an option of last resort.
FMR 53 - Refugees as a first stop for protection in Kampala
As Rwandan refugees in Kampala, I and others like me are uniquely placed to help newly arrived refugees find their feet in the city. The work is demanding but vital.