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The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) has recently launched a new funding opportunity looking to support promising tech-based interventions relevant to Gender-based Violence (GBV) programming within humanitarian settings. 

GBV in humanitarian settings is a life-threatening issue. Tech has the potential to support and strengthen humanitarian GBV programming. Globally, an estimated one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime. In emergency settings, where stresses are heightened and social protection and response capacities are weakened, GBV can be even more prevalent.  

This Innovation Challenge is for piloting tech-based interventions relevant to GBV humanitarian programming, which have the potential to be scaled in the future. Up to £150,000 in funding is available to each of up to four grantees, in addition to which HIF will also provide non-financial innovation management support. 

The pilot should relate to and be dependent on the practical use and application of technology. Applicants should also present the relevance of their interventions to at least one of the 26 priority gaps identified in our 2021 Gap Analysis Report. 

This is an opportunity for innovators to bring the enormous benefits of tech to GBV programming, applying tech-based GBV solutions that build upon the extensive and solid foundation of ethical standards and protocols of the GBV community, while meeting digital safety and privacy standards.  


All the information you’ll need is available in our Challenge Handbook and Funding Opportunities page.  Potential applicants are encouraged to monitor the funding call page for any updates to the FAQs.  

Expression of Interest applications must be made through our Common Grant Application platform by Tuesday 27 June 2023 at 16:00 BST.   

This innovation challenge has been made possible through funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 


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