Practical guide

Implementing Armed Violence Prevention activities in emergency and open conflict contexts

Armed Violence Reduction Technical Unit
March 2017

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What is this armed violence
prevention practical guide?


This guide is meant to give a theoretical and practical support to teams implementing Armed Violence Prevention projects in emergency and open conflicts contexts. It contains minimum standards required at project/programme level to implement properly prevention activities.
Based on HI Professional Publication, it follows Practical Guides’ structure:

  • The principles and benchmarks part presents key information and basic understanding to implement Armed Violence Prevention activities.
  • The practical guide part is a set of factsheets on activities and transversal approaches, detailing their key steps and essential components.
  • The toolbox part provides different tools, linked to factsheets, to be used and tailored according to the context and programme needs.


If this guide offers tips and can strengthen know-how regarding Armed Violence Prevention, it does not detail all notions related to Armed Violence Reduction. For instance, you will not find any factsheets regarding technical survey, clearance or land release process or physical security and stockpile management. Also, Armed Violence Reduction activities deployed in development or chronic crises contexts, such as Conflict Transformation activities, are not presented in this guide focusing on emergency and open conflict contexts.
Use of this guide is not meant to be linear; you can directly access the Toolbox, skipping the Practical Guide section, or Principles & Benchmarks. And vice versa.



Open conflict contexts like Syria, Libya or Iraq demand new approaches to the topic and this guide is meant to clarify how HI operates in Armed Violence Prevention : what we do and how. It also includes transversal approaches, advice on remote operations and a continuous integration of HI’s Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) policy. This guide also draws from a lessons learning process lead on Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Palestine (Gaza), Syria, Ukraine and Yemen projects, done during 2016 summer and covering the past 2 years (2015-2016).

Who is concerned?


This guide is intended for:

  • Primarily, project managers and their teams, at every steps of the project cycle;
  • Programme managers, to have a comprehensive understanding of Armed Violence Prevention projects and technical requirements needed;
  • Desks supporting Armed Violence Reduction projects;
  • Implementing partners;
  • And all of HI staff interested in better understanding such actions.