The context in North West Syria is very complex. Conflict escalations arise continuously, causing sequential waves of IDPs.
People in North West Syria, especially under displacement conditions, are highly exposed to GBV risks to which many organisations are trying to respond. While seeking help from GBV services is a challenge for most community members, it is even more challenging for people with disability and older people. So, this project will try to identify barriers preventing this group of vulnerable people from seeking/receiving GBV help, and seek to find the best strategy to remove those barriers in future GBV programming in North West Syria.
This solution is in the problem recognition stage of the innovation cycle, where the team aims to better understand and define the issues that need addressing.
Through this project, barriers hindering GBV assistance for people with disabilities and older people will be identified and disseminated. We will also build the capacity of community based organisations working with GBV survivors constitute our target population.
We will identify barriers using a mix of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods. The research will focus on:
The project will compile findings as an iterative process throughout the project. These will be disseminated by regular communication with the protection and GBV sub-cluster, NGOs, INGOs and Community Based Organisations and other humanitarian actors and/or stakeholders. We will present the final draft results at a Protection Cluster NW Syria meeting to get feedback, and inform organizations about the findings, and to feed into GBV programming design. This will in turn help actors move toward enhanced GBV services for people with disabilities and older people.
Ultimately, the project will issue a final report and an executive summary, which will be disseminated through all possible channels to NGOs based in Turkey and working inside Syria, and with Community Based Organisations in NW Syria.
In addition to the final research outputs, the project’s outcomes include conducting targeted training for NGO and Community Based Organisation staff and volunteers to build their capacity in responding to the GBV needs of people with disabilities and older people.
Lessons learnt when conducting research with people with disabilities and older people in north west Syria.View
While looking for barriers facing people with disabilities and older people while accessing humanitarian services in general and GBV programming in particular, we shouldn't be only focusing on direct barriers, rather indirect barriers can also carry a huge effect on the accessibility of these group to humanitarian servicesView
Feature Photo: A physical therapy session for a female beneficiary with a below the knee amputation to improve deep sense and balance before attaching an artificial limb. Credit: SDI.
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