The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration’s revised NGO guidelines for overseas assistance call for proposals with stronger programs addressing gender-based violence.
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee guidelines on GBV interventions in humanitarian settings define GBV as “any harmful act that is perpetrated against a person’s will, and that is based on socially ascribed (gender) differences between males and females.”
For the revised guidelines, the bureau seeks GBV prevention and response programs for sexually abused and exploited refugees and returnees. The programs should be carried out in a manner that respects the individual’s dignity and culture.
The bureau also recommends proposals be developed in consultation with beneficiaries, communities, local authorities and the larger humanitarian community. This would make interventions and programs more efficient and impactful.
The guidelines include revised proposal templates for new and renewable multiyear funding applications as well. A new budget template that details expenses for multicountry projects is also included.
The bureau is a key funding source of various organizations, particularly those that focus on the plight of refugees and victims of conflict. Some of its partners include the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Organization for Migration.
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