Toolkit for optimising cash-based interventions for protection from gender-based violence

by Mercy Corps, International Rescue Committee, Women's Refugee Commission

The Women’s Refugee Commission, Mercy Corps and the International Rescue Committee are pleased to announce the launch of a new resource: the toolkit for optimising cash-based interventions for protection from gender-based violence.

The new toolkit aims to assist GBV and cash practitioners in:

  • collecting situational protection information on risks and benefits for affected populations with an age, gender, and diversity lens;
  • identifying community-based or self-protection mechanisms;
  • informing tailored and protective cash-based interventions; and
  • preparing a monitoring system that is based on identified protection risks and benefits.

The modular and adaptable toolkit (Arabic version forthcoming) is divided into two sections:

  • Section I, designed for field-level cash practitioners, features a focus group discussion/interview tool and accompanying guidance to assess and mitigate potential risks, as well as a post-distribution monitoring tool and accompanying guidance to monitor risks;
  • Section II, designed for field-level GBV specialists, outlines a protocol to assess and address GBV survivors’ needs for cash assistance within GBV case management services, as well as a post-distribution monitoring tool and accompanying guidance to monitor risks and benefits.

Accompanying case studies are also available that capture learning from field-testing the toolkit in three pilot settings: Jordan with Mercy Corps and IRC; Somalia with African Development Solutions; and Niger with Save the Children.

A brief video is also available that helps demystify the respective roles and responsibilities of cash and GBV actors in order to strengthen the prevention of and response to GBV and to optimize cash as a tool for displaced person’s recovery and resilience.

To access these resources, all made possible through the support of the United States Bureau of Population, Migration and Refugees, please visit: http://wrc.ms/cashandgbv.

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