An integrated approach to gender-based violence and child protection: Key findings from Mali, Niger and Pakistan, 2016-2017
This report is a summary of our key findings from a project that aimed
to prevent GBV and provide support to survivors in three countries.
The project, ‘Integrated Approach to GBV and CP in Humanitarian
Action in Mali, Niger and Pakistan,’ was funded by Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) and implemented by Islamic Relief from 1 June 2016 to 31 May 2017.1 It was a unique project for us in that it combined a GBV focus with a Child Protection (CP) approach to help us address issues of abuse, discrimination and inequality more effectively. Taking an integrated approach allowed us to build on our institutional expertise and ultimately provide a better outcome for women and children in particular girls.
While GBV and CP issues are prevalent in many of the communities we work with, the diversity of contexts means that interventions have to be tailored to local needs. We documented the types of violence reported in each region and evaluated the strategies that worked best. In sharing our findings and best practice examples, this report aims to benefit and sensitise fellow organisations, inform stakeholders of issues brought to our attention and mobilise further coordination of support systems. It also aims to increase the scope of Islamic Relief’s work on GBV and CP projects, generate learning and promote more evidence-based programming.