Global Innovation Programs to promote the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-based Violence (GBV) in Emergencies

Fact Sheet
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
March 21, 2017


The U.S. government has long recognized the increased prevalence and risk of GBV, particularly targeted at women and girls, when disasters or conflicts strike. The State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) recognizes that promoting gender equality and addressing GBV is essential and is a leader in the humanitarian community on the protection of women and girls, particularly comprehensive GBV program implementation. PRM allocates GBV-specific specific funding to complement ongoing efforts in our regional responses to address GBV. These funds are allocated either through the Safe from the Start initiative or to research institutions, IOs, and NGOs for innovation and learning in the field. This support has led to the development of new evidence-based programming, guidelines and tools, as well as capacity building initia-tives that contribute to quality programming and sustainability of impact.


The Global Women’s Institute at the George Washington University

Building GBV Research Capacity in Refugee Settings: Project to develop and compile methodological guidelines for conducting research, monitoring and evaluation of GBV programs for refugee populations. It will include the collaborative development of a manual and accompanying practitioner toolkit to assist re-searchers, NGOs and IOs to operationalize the guidelines. GWI will also consult with leading practitioners and researchers to gather feedback from those who have utilized existing tools and will engage local stake-holders and other key players working on GBV. By ensuring that service providers are key partners in the ini-tiative, the products will be designed to ensure the data collected is useable and relevant to programming.

University of Colorado Boulder, partnering with ABAAD and Tenaganita

Empowering displaced communities to prevent intimate partner abuse: Evaluation of a messaging inter-vention designed to change attitudes, promote help-seeking, and improve recovery. This project involves the testing of two interventions: 1) a therapeutic training/workshop for a sample of community members affected by intimate partner abuse (IPA), and 2) a messaging campaign designed to change community-wide beliefs. The University of Colorado seeks to develop skills, change behaviors and improve well-being among at-risk community members who contribute to the development of messaging campaign materials. This research also seeks to generate community-informed messaging campaigns with the potential to transform attitudes and in-crease help-seeking among a wider group of community members at risk.


United Nations Children’s Fund

Operationalization of the Implementation Strategy for the Guidelines for Integrating Gender-Based Vio-lence Interventions in Humanitarian Action: Reducing risk, promoting resilience and aiding recovery: This support is given to further sustain and continue implementation and effective monitoring of the revised IASC GBV Guidelines. The GBV Guidelines will be rolled out and implemented in humanitarian crisis over a three-year period (2015–2018).


United Nations Population Fund

Expanding Global GBV Capacity: the Managing GBV in Emergencies (MGBViE) Learning Program: This two year project seeks to increase the number of gender-based violence specialists capable of responding to new and ongoing emergencies. UNFPA will expand global-level trainings and the community of practice that engages training participants in ongoing learning, peer-to-peer support and mentoring. All phases of the program will include information on both core and emerging issues of relevance to the field and as well as the most recent available guidance for upcoming GBV professionals.

International Organization for Migration

Capacity Building to Prevent Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: This project aims to strengthen the international community’s ability to reduce and effectively respond to sexual abuse and exploitation (SEA) by humanitarian aid workers, by providing technical assistance to Humanitarian Coordinators and Humanitarian Country Teams to institutionalize PSEA measures including inter-agency complaint mechanisms. By building the capacity of humanitarian leadership and response agencies to establish joint complaint mechanisms to receive and address SEA allegations, and to carry out targeted prevention activities, this initiative contributes to the development of collective accountability.


International Rescue Committee

Increasing Access to Care for GBV Survivors Using Mobile and Technology-Based Approaches to Service Delivery: This project seeks to build the capacity of the global humanitarian community to safely and effective-ly respond to GBV in emergency urban and out-of-camp settings by utilizing mobile and technology-based ap-proaches to service delivery. The two year project includes: 1) the development of tools, platforms and program guidance for using mobile and technology-based approaches for GBV service delivery; 2) building the capacity of staff to pilot these models and tools in urban and out-of-camp displacement contexts in Burundi and Myan-mar; 3) implementing and testing the program models for feasibility and acceptability; and 4) disseminating learning, program guidance, and tools to the humanitarian community.

Women’s Refugee Commission

Optimizing Cash-based Interventions for Enhanced Protection from Gender-Based Violence: The pro-gram will develop and field-test tools and guidance; seek input and feedback from key UN agencies, operational organizations, women’s groups, local authorities, civil society organizations, and cluster coordination groups; and promote learning and uptake among stakeholders, including through the provision of technical assistance to partners to mainstream protection from GBV into cash based interventions (CBIs). This will result in organiza-tions that use cash to adapt their approaches, include harder-to-reach populations of concern including women and girls, and safely respond to their protection needs. This project will help partners who use/want to use CBIs to implement the Sphere Principles and the IASC’s Guidelines for Integrating Gender-based Violence Interven-tions in Humanitarian Action.

Women’s Refugee Commission

Preventing and responding to GBV in urban and non-camp-based settings: There continues to be a gap in understanding by humanitarian practitioners about GBV risks and appropriate responses in urban areas, particu-larly for vulnerable groups. A key learning to emerge out of Year 1-2 is the need to be responsive to women and girls as well as sub-populations including LGBT refugees, adolescent girls, persons with disabilities, and women engaged in sex work. In Year 3 of this project, WRC aims to change how the humanitarian system un-derstands the protection risks faced by marginalized populations and promote good practice in risk mitigation. WRC will implement their dissemination and advocacy strategy, a plan for field-level learning and mentorship, and an impact evaluation.

For more information about PRM’s work, please email: PRM-MCEGender&