Collective Action to Reduce Gender-Based Violence (CARE-GBV)

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Gender-based violence (GBV) is a pervasive violation of human rights and a barrier to civic, social, political, and economic participation. GBV undermines not only the safety, dignity, overall health, and agency of the millions of individuals who experience it, but also the public health, economic stability, and security of nations.


USAID’s Collective Action to Reduce Gender-Based Violence (CARE-GBV) Task Order was awarded under the Analytical Services IV IDIQ to Making Cents International, in a joint venture with our partner Development Professionals, Inc., and with FHI 360 as a major subcontractor. CARE-GBV is centered on strengthening USAID’s collective prevention and response, or “collective action” in GBV development programming across USAID. The activity will achieve this strengthening by supporting USAID’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GenDev) hub in the development of guidelines, strategic plans, training, and professional networking support. To that end, CARE-GBV is working to accomplish five key objectives:

  • Develop and disseminate foundational elements for integrated and standalone GBV programming in development contexts

  • Strengthen prevention and response programming on harmful GBV practices, including female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and child, early, and forced marriage (CEFM), across different sectors through convening workshops, implementation plans, and learning agenda development

  • Create knowledge products to strengthen GBV programming

  • Strengthen the USAID GBV community of practice and donor coordination in GBV programming

  • Award small grants to new, local, and under-utilized partners to promote capacity building and learning focused on GBV staff and organizational wellness and resiliency

Small Grants Program

The USAID Collective Action to Reduce Gender-Based Violence (CARE-GBV) activity is seeking innovative concept note applications for small grants from new, local, and underutilized partners and organizations. Learn more.

How to Notes

The USAID’s Collective Action to Reduce Gender-Based Violence (CARE-GBV) activity is centered on strengthening the agency’s collective prevention and response, or “collective action,” in GBV development programming across USAID. In consultation with USAID, CARE-GBV is creating a series of “how to” notes for USAID staff and implementing partners to strengthen the GBV programming portfolio. These notes leverage most recent research on specific topics that include international development programming, safeguarding policies, resilience and wellness strategies. These briefs are designed to help implementing partners and USAID Missions explore and strengthen their GBV programming.

  1. How to identify and advance equitable social norms: This How-to Note on social norms highlights how social norms relate to GBV and includes guidance on how to identify, address, and monitor shifts in social norms, including gender norms. (عربى) (Français) (Español)
  2. How to Use USAID’s Interactive Maps on the Prevalence of Child, Early, and Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation/CuttingThis how-to note orients users to the interactive maps on child, early, and forced marriage (CEFM) and female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).  The maps can help USAID missions, operating units, and implementing partners identify where CEFM and FGM/C are occurring globally, including “hot spots” (areas of higher prevalence) at the subnational level. CEFM and FGM/C Maps.
  3. How to implement a survivor-centered approach to GBV programming: This how-to note focuses on helping USAID implementing partners who have a role in GBV programming to understand how programs can achieve a survivor-centered approach. Infographic for survivor-centered programming.

CEFM and FGM/C Maps

USAID’s Collective Action to Reduce Gender-Based Violence (CARE-GBV) has launched Interactive maps on child, early, and forced marriage (CEFM) and female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), which display the prevalence of CEFM and FGM/C and related indicators across countries where these harmful practices occur. Stakeholders can use the maps to identify locations with high rates of CEFM and FGM/C, particularly “hot spots” at national and subnational levels. This information, along with a context analysis can help inform the implementation of programming to help reduce these harmful practices. The maps also show how education, wealth, and other secondary indicators interact with the prevalence of CEFM and FGM/C.

Infographic for Survivor-Centered Programming

Infographic for survivor-centered programmingThis infographic displays the key aspects of a survivor-centered approach including four guiding principles and six strategies to reach survivor agency, dignity, and empowerment.