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

collective action to reduce gender-based violence gbv




Capacity Building
Strategic Consulting
Mission Support


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.