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Gender-based violence (GBV) humanitarian programming faces significant barriers when it comes to its appropriate prioritisation, resourcing and implementation.

Acknowledging this is important as these barriers will all have an impact on the extent to which existing programmes are properly monitored and evaluated.

The Problem

While various monitoring and evaluation (M&E) approaches have been developed for and by the humanitarian sector, their uptake is low, leading to a lack of evidence on the effectiveness of GBV programmes in emergencies.

The aim of this Challenge is to develop a better understanding of the barriers faced by humanitarian actors when it comes to measuring the effectiveness of GBV programmes and to develop solutions to overcome them.

Discussion on women rights in Pangtang Sindhupalchowk. Photo Credit: Bipana Dhimal / Oxfam

The Challenge

We’re looking for innovative solutions to overcome the barriers that humanitarian actors face in adopting M&E approaches that measure GBV programme effectiveness.

Possible solutions in response to this challenge are expected to fall under one or several of the following operational to systemic categories:

  1. solutions to improve the access and usability of the available M&E approaches among GBV in emergencies (GBViE) actors.
  2. solutions to improve the capacity of humanitarian actors to use the existing M&E approaches to measure GBViE programme performance at the outcome level.
  3. incentives for implementing outcomes-focused M&E approaches.
  4. relevant policies and/or mechanisms to enforce them.
  5. solutions to change sociocultural attitudes and biases against gendered programming among humanitarian actors.


Get the full details in the Challenge Handbook

For further information about the Challenge, criteria for solutions, expected deliverables and application timelines, as well as a glossary of key terms, please read the Challenge Handbook.

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How do I apply?

To apply for the Challenge, fill out the Expression of Interest (EOI) via our Common Grants Application platform.

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What is the total funding for the Challenge?

We have a total budget of £500,000 available for this Challenge. From this, we envisage funding a selection of solutions with varying budgets, generally between £50,000 and £250,000 per solution, with projects lasting between 12 and 33 months. The total duration of projects should cover implementation and measurement, as well as a dissemination phase.

The proposed budgets and timelines should align with the level of ambition of each individual solution. Each solution will be assessed on its own merit and potential for impact: this means that both smaller and larger projects will be on equal footing when being evaluated.

Please note that the grant amount requested at EOI stage can be indicative. Detailed budget plans will be requested at the full proposal stage.


What are the timelines?

The Challenge launches on 23 May 2019. The deadline for expressions of interest (EOIs) is 23 June 2019 (23:59 BST). Apply via the Common Grants Application platform.

For further information about the application process and timelines, see Challenge Handbook.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from any legally registered entity (eg, INGO, NGO, UN, academic, private company). Successful applicants must work in partnership with a humanitarian actor. Any partnerships can be indicative at the Expression of Interest (EOI) stage but must be formalised when your full application is submitted if your proposal is shortlisted.

For further information about requirements and success criteria, see Challenge Handbook.

Still have questions?

We’re here to help. For any questions that are not covered by the Challenge Handbook or FAQ section, please email us at, referencing ‘GBV Challenge’ in the subject line.

Helpful Tools & Resources

Report Gender-based Violence

Gender-Based Violence Interventions: Opportunities for Innovation

Tool Innovation Management

Humanitarian Innovation Guide

Our current GBV M&E projects

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