Empowerment & Protection - Stories of Human Security


In 2013-14, GPPAC member organisations spanning six regions of the world undertook to explore and document what "people's perspectives on Human Security" might look like in their respective contexts. This project, and the collective reflections of those involved, contributed to sharpening GPPAC's position on human security.

Empowerment & Protection shares and analyses people's sense of threat and safety through the lens of human security. It presents the accounts of people living in Afghanistan, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Mexico, and the Philippines, based on interviews with community members, leaders and activists. Their words reveal the potential power of the state as a security provider through the rule of law, but also the ways the state can undermine human security through corruption, abuse of human rights, and failure to provide necessary goods and services. The stories also suggest the potential of civil society organisations to transform the citizen-state relationship and facilitate human security. The citizen-state relationship itself can be seen as a tool and indicator of human security, where context-specific protection and empowerment strategies go hand in hand.

The Stories demonstrate the power of the human security approach as both an analytical tool and as a method of engagement to promote individual safety and dignity.

For more information and to read the publication, visit the project's website