Community participation is a crucial element to succeed a policy implementation program. Most of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) initiatives focus on institutional capacity building and less priority given to community involvement. However providing same priority to community participation like institutional capacity building would make more success on implementations of IHL policies. This paper would analyze comprehensively that how to build-up a strategy to implement community level capacity building particularly, awareness rising in International Humanitarian Law among general public. Community level capacity building consists of following nine strategic elements:

1. Stakeholder identification

2. Problem identification

3.Needs assessment

4.Preparing Participatory Action Plan (PAP)

5.Designing customized awareness programs

6.Forming an advisory committee

7. strategically plan to engage every single household in IHL

8. Establishing community level vigilant groups

9. Volunteer engagement

10. Follow-ups

11.Monitoring and Evaluation

Dedication of the community and institutions very important to establish a sustainable International Humanitarian Law. The awareness programs should be strategically planned to build up the dedication of the community towards the goals. Simultaneously government should apply IHL enforcement on the government administration systems. Present economic crisis condition in Sri Lanka is appropriate time to do effective capacity building program in all levels. Recommendations are outlined.

Authors: Rahmathullah Mohamed Niyaskhan, M.S.M. Fasly

Published in: Canada International Conference on Education, 2023

  • Date of Conference: 26-28 June, 2023
  • DOI: 10.20533/CICE.2023.0051
  • Electronic ISBN: 978-1-913572-58-7
  • Conference Location: Residence and Conference Centre, Toronto, Canada