• Protection

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Protection Sub-Sectors

The Protection Sector aims to promote a favourable protection environment for approximately 930,000 refugees in Cox’s Bazar. This objective is achieved through child protection and gender mainstreaming, access to territory, justice, and improving the quality of life of refugees by strengthening existing community-based structures and fostering peaceful coexistence. The sector works towards comprehensive solutions and consolidating localisation efforts with the Government while addressing complex security and protection environments amidst continuing violence and criminality in the camps.

The Protection Sector, which includes the Child Protection sub-sector (CPSS) and GBV sub-sector (GBVSS), operates with UNHCR in the overall lead, with UNICEF and UNFPA leading the sub-sectors.

Lead Agency: UNHCR, Lead agencies for sub-sectors: UNICEF (CP), UNFPA (GBV)

Key Figures 2024


USD 80.5M 49 1.30
Funding Required Partners People in Need


1.26M 931,574 325,243
People Targeted Rohingya Refugees Targeted Host Community Targeted

Technical Guidance

Resources and Data


Protection Sector Camp Focal Point Map (Including CP and GBV), 2024

Information Products


Working Groups

Strategic Advisory Group (SAG)

Terms of Reference (ToR) Protection Sector SAG January 2023


CP, GBV SS & HLP Coordinator, chairs of the working groups, 4 UN & 7 NGOs


Appealing Partners:

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Handicap International (HI), International Organization for Migration(IOM), Oxford Committee for Famine Relief (OXFAM), CBM Global Disability Inclusion (CBMG), Caritas Bangladesh (Caritas), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), Welthungerhilfe (WHH)

Implementing Partners:

Centre for Disability in Development (CDD), Danish Refugee Council (DRC), HelpAge International, Resource Integration Centre (RIC), Young Power in Social Action (YPSA), Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers Association (BNWLA), Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), ActionAid Bangladesh, Helvetas, NGO Forum, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), Mukti Cox’s Bazar (Mukti), Friends in Village Development Bangladesh (FIVDB)

Sector Meetings

Meeting Minutes


Irene Kouame
Sector Coordinator
Email: [email protected]

Johanna Reina Picalua
Protection Officer
Email: [email protected]

Mohamed Shire
Associate Information Management Officer
Email: [email protected]

Ezzatullah Raji
Housing Land and Property (HLP) Adviser 
Email: ezzatullah.raji.nrc.no