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Tools for » Building evidence based programming through safe and ethical GBV information management and coordination (GBVIMS)
Project ID:00103612Description:UNA051 UNFPA Evidence based pr
UN Action Agst Sexual Violence
Start Date *: 12 Dec 2016
UN Action Against Sexual Viole
End Date*: 31 Jul 2019
Country: United Nations Project Status: Operationally Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

In recent years, efforts have been made at national and international levels to devise and develop information systems to support better collection and management of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) data in the context of a humanitarian crises. Two of these global efforts – the GBV Information Management System (GBVIMS) and the Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Arrangements (MARA) on (CRSV) take complementary approaches towards gathering and sharing data on GBV, including CRSV, to strengthen the prevention of and response to GBV in Emergencies (GBViE).

The GBVIMS continues to serve humanitarian actors and others as a model initiative for safe and ethical GBV data management. Over the past 9 years since the system was introduced, the inter-agency GBVIMS team—now comprised of UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and International Medical Corps (IMC)—has continued to design, test, refine, and implement the system tools in humanitarian contexts throughout the world. Since 2007, the GBVIMS has been rolled out at various levels and degrees with qualified agencies working in 20+ crisis-affected contexts[1]. Continuous support to existing and new GBVIMS rollouts has been provided including hands-on support to service providers operating in humanitarian contexts responding to the health, psychosocial and legal needs of GBV survivors, as well as other practitioners involved in GBV coordination, policy and advocacy on GBV, increasing both the reach and utility of the System. 

A 2014 external evaluation of the GBVIMS concluded that “the GBVIMS has been highly relevant and effective in offering a safe and ethical solution for GBV data collection, management and sharing, but on-going technical and funding support is required to maintain momentum”[2]. The evaluation also identified the inherent link between an effective GBV incident monitoring system based on self-reported data, and strong GBV programmes. The first objective of this project is to strengthen the linkages between GBVIMS data analysis and GBV programming to ensure that GBV survivors and those at risk of GBV have quality and timely access to lifesaving services and that GBV data is used to mitigate GBV risks.

In the 2015 Report to the Security-General on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV), the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict encouraged Members States, donors and regional organizations “to ensure that survivors benefit from relief and recovery programmes, including health care, psychosocial care and socioeconomic reintegration and livelihood support”.  She also highlighted that one “critical objective is to bring information to light and improve the opportunities for survivors to safely seek recourse”. 

Sharing and receiving non-identifiable GBV data contributes towards improved inter-agency coordination, identifying and targeting gaps, prioritization of actions, and improved programming of prevention and response efforts. It may also result in improved advocacy efforts, increased leverage for fund raising and resource mobilization, and improved monitoring in a context where all actors protect information to ensure that no harm comes to any GBV survivor, service provider or the community from information sharing efforts.

Building on recent dialogues and collaborations between humanitarian actors addressing GBViE and actors responsible for implementing the Monitoring, Analysis, Reporting Arrangements (MARA) on CRSV, the second objective of the project proposal consists in documenting the good practices on information sharing between GBVIMS and MARA piloted in South Sudan in 2014-2015, that are being expanded in  other contexts where the two systems are implemented concurrently (Iraq, Mali, CAR).

Overall, the GBVIMS Steering Committee requires approximately US $1.3 million per year to ensure sustained support to existing and new GBVIMS rollout contexts while investing in system sustainability and programme efficacy, as described below. This project proposal aims at securing funding to support the minimum requirements to sustain the GBVIMS rollout in the last quarter of 2016 and 2017 and seeks  20% (i.e. US$ 249,738) of the total annual envelop.


Project Objectives

This project aims at strengthening GBV (including conflict-related sexual violence) prevention and response in humanitarian and conflict-affected countries and contexts.

A few key elements in the current implementation strategy have been identified as needing particular attention in the last quarter of 2016 and 2017:

- Remote and in-country technical support to existing and newly/recently requested GBVIMS rollouts;

-Remote and in-country technical support on safe and ethical information sharing in countries and contexts where the GBVIMS and the MARA are concurrently implemented;

- The tendency for users to employ the GBVIMS tools at a basic level and not using the system’s full range of capabilities – particularly the need for greater capacity building and support for data analysis, contextualization and linkages with programming and advocacy;

- The need to adapt/translate/contextualize existing or to create new learning modules that can respond - both remotely and on site- to the variety of learning needs of the community of GBVIMS users.

[1] Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Greece, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Thailand, Uganda and Yemen.  The GBVIMS is in use by just IRC in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Thailand and Haiti.

[2] See UNFPA – Evaluation Brief

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