Our Theory of Change

Through research, capacity development, and advocacy, the Diakonia International Humanitarian Law Centre raises awareness and knowledge about international humanitarian law (IHL) to create lasting behaviour change.

In the last decade, the world has seen a trend of increasing disrespect for international humanitarian law. Attacks against civilians and civilian objects, against humanitarian and health workers, and violations of the rights of people in detention have become widespread in a multitude of armed conflicts.

Since the behaviour of armed actors has a direct impact on the level of humanity in conflict, the Diakonia International Humanitarian Law Centre works with these actors to ensure their behaviour is in conformity with their legal obligations.

We work with humanitarian organisations, governments and state armed forces, armed groups, civil society, legal professionals, and other actors around the world to increase the knowledge about the laws of war, and put pressure on those who do not adhere to international law.