Call for Information and Materials: Understanding and Measuring the Effectiveness of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Risk Mitigation in Emergencies

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and UNICEF are conducting a research project focused on better understanding the outcomes of GBV risk mitigation* interventions implemented by service providers and sectors operating in humanitarian contexts. This study will assess current promising practices, while identifying safe and ethical parameters for measuring the effectiveness of interventions that reduce the risks of GBV. Materials for submission could include: blogs, podcasts, videos, papers, case studies, interviews, focus groups, surveys, evaluations, lessons learned documents, training reports, etc., that have been created since 2005 and may be submitted in any language.

Materiels should include:

• Examples of how a program or initiative reduced potential risks of GBV; and
• Examples of measuring outcomes or evaluations of efforts to reduce the risks of GBV.

Risk mitigation refers to taking steps to reduce the risk of exposure to GBV (e.g. ensuring sufficient lighting and security patrols, placing locks on the inside of latrines, etc.). Programs that focus on access, dignity, quality, inclusion, meaningful involvement/participation and equality, especially related to women and girls, contribute to reducing the risks of GBV. We are looking for programs or projects that integrate GBV risk mitigation across sectors such as Camp Coordination Camp Management; Child Protection; Education; Food Security and Agriculture; Health, Housing, Land and Property; Humanitarian Mine Action; Livelihoods; Nutrition; Protection; Shelter, Resettlement and Recovery; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; Humanitarian Operations Support Sectors.

While very important, the study is not looking for GBV prevention and response program examples such as survivor response or efforts to doing more in-depth prevention work that include working with communities on gender equality and other activities to address practices that contribute to GBV, etc.

HHI and UNICEF will respect the confidentiality and privacy of unpublished data and reports. 

For more information please contact: Meredith Blake at

* GBV risk mitigation is the process of ensuring that humanitarian interventions across all sectors: (1) do not cause or increase the likelihood of GBV; (2) proactively seek to identify and take action to reduce risks of violence in the environment and in program design and implementation; and (3) proactively facilitate and monitor vulnerable groups’ safe access to services.

The deadline for this information is: April 19, 2019

Please submit materials here: