“Dig in deep to identify the key root causes and barriers that challenge the measurement of our current GBV programming and propose innovative solutions to improve the lives of women and girls we serve.”
The above quote states the purpose of a three-day workshop held by International Rescue Committee (IRC) in May 2019 in Nairobi. Here, a multi-disciplinary team of Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE), Health, and Measurement experts from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Tanzania met to brainstorm with local partners and private sector innovators.
Financed by Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), this initiative was a perfect opportunity for the IRC’s Great Lakes Region to do three things:
While new to the IRC participants, the Design Sprint methodology is a tried and tested iterative process. It helps identify common problems/challenges, answer critical questions and ensure that you are developing the right solution. A key successful element of the methodology is the selection of “deciders” who ensure the process moves along when making decisions is difficult. The agreed goal for this Sprint was, “to better use M&E to improve GBV programming for our clients.”
Key challenges hindering effective measurement and use of data to achieve better services for GBV Survivors were identified as part of the SPRINT approach. As a result, the following questions arose:
To stimulate different kinds of creative and innovative thinking, we invited external private sector innovators and GBV experts. They shared their experiences and innovations to help generate new ideas from the participants.
We were joined by Samuel Hall (iREP), Mezzanine/Safaricom (Aita health)/Safaricom, and Ushahidi. Having external innovators with different perspectives and inspiring stories spurred participants to look at old challenges in new ways, and think beyond the obvious solutions.
Humanitarian workers are creative. If we weren’t, we wouldn’t make it in a sector that demands ‘out of the box thinking’ on a daily basis. Sometimes, however, we get stuck within the limitations of resources, security, HR, low-resource settings, and other factors.
The external inspiration brought to the table, in combination with the wealth of knowledge and experience in the room, resulted in two solutions to our identified GBV Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) problems.
For the IRC, the next step is simple – find the resources to make this solution concrete.
We will continue to work together at all levels for testing and implementation of identified initiatives. We can then ensure the needed improvements in measuring outcomes for women and girls in humanitarian contexts keep moving forward.
Photo Caption: Participants at the Sprint workshop, Nairobi, May 2019. Credit: IRC.
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