Analysis of UNSC Resolutions for the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict
In 2008 Fieldview produced an analysis of the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions relating to protection of women, children and civilians in armed conflict for the Swiss Mission to the UN in New York. This study produced a report entitled A framework for a holistic approach to UNSC Resolutions on Protection of Civilians, Children and Armed Conflict, and Women, Peace and Security, emphasising the opportunities to improve the ultimate impact of high-level work on protection through a more holistic analysis of the mechanisms through which ground-level protection occurs.



Following our evaluation of the work of OHCHR Nepal in 2010, (as part of the research for Influence on the Ground) Fieldview returned to Nepal to work closely with senior management to develop and refine the strategy of the Office.

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Peace Brigades International
Fieldview Solutions provide occasional support and strategic advice to PBI at the international level. In 2011 we conducted a strategic review of the PBI's Mexico project.


World Food Programme

As part of WFP's global protection project, Fieldview worked with WFP to assist them to better integrate protection concerns into their field programming. Fieldview was involved in designing a training in protection concepts to be globally rolled-out to WFP programme officers. Fieldview also designed stand-alone trainings on Ethics and Law and Negotiation. Fieldview delivered a ToT to WFP trainers and then accompanied them in the delivery of the training in Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

As a second phase of this project, Fieldview carried out in-depth strategic evaluations of the incoproation of protection concerns into WFP programming in Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Global Protection Cluster

Fieldview consultants supported the Global Protection Cluster Working Group in developing a training programme aimed at strengthening protection coordination at a country level.

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Amnesty International

Fieldview carried out research into how active exercise of rights contributes to poverty reduction as part of preparations for Amnesty International's Campaign for Human Dignity.




Nonviolent Peaceforce

Fieldview consultants provided strategic analysis and advice to Nonviolent Peaceforce's Sri Lanka project.





Proactive Presence - building on a theme


The different projects of Fieldview Solutions are closely interrelated. The research studies directly inform the strategic advice we give, and the trainings we design. What we learn and build in one project, in one context we use directly for the next.

A series of these projects are detailed here as examples of the work we are continuing with Fieldview. An important chain of projects is linked to the Proactive Presence project, initiated by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. These projects show the cross-institutional connections leading from research and dissemination to trainings and further institutionalisation of lessons-learned, ultimately to the benefit of the entire international protection community.

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Proactive Presence

In 2005, Liam Mahony completed a large research study: Proactive Presence, Field strategies for civilian protection, funded and published through the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. This was a multi-year project designed to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of unarmed international field missions in their ability to provide effective protection to populations at risk. The project examined the broad variety of ways a mission can creatively leverage its presence in the field to moderate and weaken a repressive dynamic, both by challenging the logic of the abusive acts themselves and through understanding, respecting and supporting local initiatives.

Nine international missions were studied through field trips to Colombia, Sri Lanka and Sudan together with extensive meetings with experts familiar with past missions. In total, 270 individuals participated in individual or group interviews, including government officials, armed group representatives, civil society members and representatives of international agencies and INGOs involved in protection. All interviews were transcribed and allowing transversal comparison of multiple themes across several thousand data entries covering the different conflicts and mission institutions. This data was then analysed according to each theme, eliciting lessons learned as well as judgements widely shared among respondents about best practice in such missions.

Since publication, the lessons of the study have been  incorporated into training programmes, including the UNOCHA/NRC ProCap Training, the Training for Human Rights Monitoring and Protection of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Protection in Food Security Operations training of the World Food Program, the Proactive Presence training offered by the Folke Bernadotte Academy, and DPKO's In-mission skills training for Civil Affairs Officers..



UNOCHA/ProCap training

A 6-day training was developed jointly with OCHA's Protection Standby Capacity unit (ProCap) for members of INGO protection rosters and UN agency staff, designed to prepare them for deployments with a range of UN protection-mandated agencies. Based in part on lessons from the Proactive Presence study (above), the focus of the training is on common skills and professional competencies needed across agencies such as analysis, planning, advocacy, communication and teamwork. In particular the intention is to demonstrate the broad approaches needed to address a wide range of problems, demonstrating practical tools and links relating prioritisation, analysis, planning and implementation. The training uses a range of interactive methodologies in order to maximise the retention of the participants, including role-plays, group discussions and a full-day simulation which is gradually developed over the week. The concepts studied are constantly drawn back to examples given by the participants in order to ensure a strong link is maintained between the lessons of the training and the day-to-day work on the ground.

Since its initiation in 2006, this training has been delivered over 30 times (through 2015) to over 700 field protection officers.



OHCHR training manual

Following dissemination of the Proactive Presence study, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) approached Liam Mahony to incorporate the key lessons into an upcoming revision of the OHCHR Manual on Human Rights Monitoring and Protection. The lessons of Proactive Presence were tailored to better fit the reality of the human rights field officer, and merged with existing OHCHR best practices guidance to create a stronger manual for the future of human rights field operations. Mr. Mahony assisted the first pilot trainings using this manual in Addis Ababa and Kathmandu.

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Training for Folke Bernadotte Academy: Proactive Presence: Field strategies for civilian protection

Fieldview also designed a training for the Folke Bernadotte Academy, called Proactive Presence: Field strategies for civilian protection, based on the book of the same name. Fieldview continues to deliver this training each year.