How To Improve Child Protection Programming in Conflict & Humanitarian Situations – June 10th at 10am EST

Join the Washington Network on Children & Armed Conflict on June 10 at 10:00am for a discussion at the intersection of humanitarian and peacebuilding programming: what is the most effective way to prevent and respond to violence against children? Jessica Lenz,  Senior Program Manager-Protection at InterAction, will share how a results-based approach leads to improved protection outcomes in conflict and humanitarian situations.

Solving complex protection problems requires the contribution of multiple actors engaged in multidisciplinary approaches.  How can humanitarian and conflict resolution actors come together to address child protection issues?  Through an interactive dialogue, Jessica Lenz, Senior Program Manager-Protection at InterAction, will speak about using a results-based approach to address child protection issues.  Jessica has recently returned from Colombia where she explored how a results-based approach to protection can be used to prevent the recruitment of children by armed groups.

The discussion will highlight some observations from Colombia and around the world, and explore opportunities for strengthening programming to achieve protection outcomes. To learn more about results-based protection, visit

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Jessica LenzJessica Lenz is the Senior Program Manager for Protection at InterAction. She leads the Results-Based Protection Program and the work on Gender-Based Violence. Jessica has over 17 years of experience working in Child Protection in Emergencies in Uganda, Sudan, Liberia, The Gambia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Cambodia, The Philippines, Egypt, Ecuador and the Caribbean. She is the author of numerous studies, tools, and guidance on child protection and most recently, a contributing author in the soon to be released book, Working with Children affected by Armed Violence: Theory, Method, Practice. Jessica holds a BA from the American University of Paris, and received a joint MSc Magna Cum Laude through Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, and Summa Cum Laude through the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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