Tackling Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies: A Partnership for Accountability
The Real-Time Accountability Partnership (RTAP) – a partnership that includes USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN OCHA, and the International Rescue Committee – promotes humanitarian leadership’s accountability to gender-based violence prevention and response. In 2015, the RTAP contracted the International Solutions Group to carry out a baseline assessment in five countries to examine actions that support accountability to GBV. Read the report HERE.
Improving Cash-Based Interventions Multipurpose Cash Grants and Protection: Integrating Cash Transfers into Gender Based Violence Programs in Jordan: Benefits, Risks and Challenges
With limited global practice and guidance on programming cash transfers to enhance protection in an emergency context, in 2013, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) started cash transfer programming as an integral part of its urban emergency response Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) program in Jordan. Using cash transfers as a tool to build Syrian refugee women’s resilience towards specific types of gender based violence identified as heightened risks in correlation to Syrian refugees lack of access to income generation opportunities and prohibitive costs associated with living in non- camp settings, the program seeks to support them in meeting their basic needs and providing targeted GBV services.
The Cash Learning Partnership is an interagency project funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department’s Enhanced Response Capacity funding. Led by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on behalf of its partners which include Danish Refugee Council, International Rescue Committee, Norwegian Refugee Council, Save the Children, Oxfam, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Women’s Refugee Commission, World Food Programme, and World Vision International, three years into the program, the IRC was provided with the opportunity to use it’s programming experience as a case study, identify lessons learned and share with the wider humanitarian community recommendations for improving the effectiveness of cash-based interventions in mitigating GBV risks and building women and girls’ resilience. Specifically, the research seeks to examine how the combination of cash transfers and GBV psychosocial services support women and girls’ protection, if and how cash assistance exacerbates protection issues for women and girls, and how existing cash transfer program assessments, monitoring, and targeting tools and systems can be further strengthened towards ensuring safety outcomes for women and girls. Drawing on existing (but limited) literature on cash and GBV in urban refugee settings, with qualitative data from group discussions among male and female beneficiaries, key informant interviews with IRC staff and other protection stakeholders, the brief highlights the key determinants in which the joint cash and WPE program contributes to mitigating intimate partner violence (IPV) and domestic violence (DV), and the necessary technical design components a cash transfer program must consider in order to achieve protection outcomes for women and girls. Read the brief HERE and reference Cash Learning Partnership http://www.cashlearning.org/.
A Movement for Change: Women’s Community-based Organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo
This paper describes the work of the IRC in addressing violence against women and girls alongside community-based organizations in the DRC. It specifically details the findings of an analysis conducted in 2012 of service delivery approaches between community-based organizations and non-governmental organizations. It also shows community-based organizations to be the most sustainable and effective at providing high quality response services after evaluating their work against other approaches in the DRC. The brief highlights that strong women’s networks and platforms allows them to serve their communities in important and empowering ways particularly if these groups are given the right tools, resources, and support by the humanitarian community. Read the brief here.
Researching through Empowerment, or Empowerment through Research? Promoting participatory girl-driven learning in the DRC
This research brief describes lessons learned from using participatory methods and girl-driven research design within a rigorous impact evaluation of IRC’s COMPASS program, which is working to empower adolescent girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The brief demonstrates how research itself can be empowering for participants, thus contributing to wider programmatic goals as well as generating reliable data for program improvement. Read the brief here.
Experiences of Refugee Women and Girls from the DRC: Learning from IRC’s Women’s Protection and Empowerment Programs in DRC, Tanzania, Burundi, and Uganda
This backgrounder draws from IRC’s Women’s Protection and Empowerment work in DRC, Burundi, Tanzania, and Uganda to speak to experiences of Congolese women and girls prior to resettlement and to provide tips for those supporting Congolese refugee women and girls in the US. Read the full backgrounder and tips here.
Caring for Child Survivors Research Brief
The Caring for Child Survivors initiative included the design, implementation and evaluation of a components-based mental health treatment for Somali refugee children in Ethiopia. Researchers found that the intervention was feasible and acceptable in the refugee camp context and children participating in the intervention experienced an average decrease of over 70% in traumatic stress and emotional and behavioral problems. Read more about the findings here.
Transforming Gender Biases to Reduce Violence Against Women Research Brief
This research brief details an evaluation of a program designed to work with men to transform beliefs and attitudes. The evaluation shows that the program contributed to a reduction of intimate partner violence in Cote d’Ivoire. Read the full brief here.
Economic and Social Empowerment to Reduce Violence against Women Research Brief
New research out from IRC finds that pairing a dialogue group that engages couples on household gender dynamics with an economic empowerment program for women was more effective in reducing intimate partner violence in conflict-affected communities in Cote d’Ivoire than economic empowerment programming alone. Read the full brief here.