What We Do?

To ensure a more grounded and systematic model, that is able to effectively respond to protracted and complex crises, WeWorld-GVC decided to focus on an Integrated Protection Approach, purposely enabling more effective and lasting strategies to reduce aid dependence, by placing the affected population’s self-reliance at its core.

The CPA is a community engagement and empowerment methodology to design Integrated Protection Programs. The CPA provides operational tools to facilitate collaboration, coherence and complementarity among different foreign and national aid instruments in order to find suitable and durable solutions to a given population’s needs, vulnerabilities and risks.

The CPA specific objectives are:

  • Increase the capacity of communities and individuals to make informed decisions about their safety, to organize their resources and efforts to reduce exposure to harm and to develop local strategies to increase protection from hindered access to safe and dignified living;
  • Support the coordinated mobilization of multi-stakeholder and multi-sector efforts to prevent and respond to the most serious protection threats, to reduce risk of harm and rights violations, and to enable opportunities to ensure safety and dignity of people.

An initial model was designed as part of WeWorld-GVC operations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory in 2014, thanks to the support of DG ECHO and various EU Member States. Positive preliminary results, along with a set of recommendations and limitations, were collected and studied thanks to joint application of the approach and collaboration with partners in the country. Given these initial results, GVC decided to invest in the in-depth study of the CPA application in other contexts and to verify its feasibility as a systematic approach.

In January 2018, GVC established a dedicated multi-disciplinary Task Force, which has been working in collaboration with university partners and external experts since. The Task Force is composed of a group of experts, based in different countries, each of them focusing on specific aspects of the methodology and on the different contexts where it is applied.

The WeWorld GVC Task Force applies a participatory-action research approach ensuring that the application of the findings and evaluation of their impact on practice becomes part of the research cycle.


The CPA Initiative provides the first release of all instruments to apply, further develop or study, the CPA approach, developed in accordance with five macro-objectives:

  • Structure and formalize a rigorous methodological process
  • Ensure the CPA applicability within humanitarian and development project cycles
  • Investigate the effectiveness of the CPA people-centred and empowerment approach
  • Verify the CPA added value to reduce the “assessment-fatigue” of the population
  • Understand the CPA applicability in different contexts through a modular and adaptive approach.

The action-research approach will continue during 2019-2020, on the basis of field application of the CPA in WeWorld GVC and Partners’ missions to continuously improve the model from lessons learned, investigation and quick wins.