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ELRHA Innovation Challenge: Innovative Responses to Intimate Partner Violence in Humanitarian Settings

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted July 26, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on August 6, 2020
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Global estimates indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence (IPV) or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime (AoR Helpdesk 2020 -

This rate can be much higher in emergencies as IPV can be exacerbated by factors such as worsening poverty and social fragmentation, as well as the collapse of public services.

The overwhelming global burden of IPV falls on women and girls. It can affect women of all ages and results in short and long-term physical, sexual and reproductive, and mental health problems that can be severe and life-threatening.

This Innovation Challenge aims to support the development of innovative IPV response interventions that meet the needs of and maintain the safety and security of women and girls in humanitarian settings. Projects will also be expected to gather evidence on the indicative effectiveness of their response interventions, and provide clear learnings which could inform other IPV interventions.

IPV is one of the most prevalent forms of gender-based violence (GBV) in humanitarian settings. Research has consistently found that prevalence rates of IPV perpetrated against women and girls in conflict-affected settings are higher than rates of non-partner sexual violence. Population-based studies have found, for example, IPV rates to range from 54-73% in South Sudan, 68% in the Democratic Republic of Congo and 53% in Occupied Palestinian Territories (What Works to Prevent Violence, 2018).

Despite this, there are limited resources allocated to IPV interventions, as the majority of the already-stretched resources for GBV are channeled towards prevention and/or response to conflict-related sexual violence (AoR Helpdesk 2020). This means that, although evidence suggests that there is a high prevalence of IPV in humanitarian settings, specialist programmes are not always available due to limited capacity and resources. Whilst IPV prevention research and programming in humanitarian settings has grown in the past few years, IPV response has received less attention.

Although scarce, the few reviews of IPV response programmes available indicate that there are a number of gaps in service delivery. These include limited direct engagement with women and girls, lack of coordinated, multi-sectoral response, unexplored avenues for change with many programmes focusing on social norm change and limited contextualisation.

We’re looking to fund innovative IPV response interventions that meet the needs of and maintain the safety and security of women and girls in humanitarian settings.

For further information about the Challenge, assessment criteria, expected deliverables and application timelines, as well as a glossary of key terms, please read the Challenge Handbook - available at
The Challenge Handbook above is an accessible PDF, but it is also available in EPUB format.

Your application must include a partnership with at least one operational humanitarian organisation and a local organisation with experience providing services that specifically support women and girls (either organisation could be the lead, or a single organisation could represent both).
Applicants are not expected to have confirmed partnerships in place for the EOI stage, but will be expected to provide evidence to demonstrate partnerships by the Full Proposal stage – such as a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) or similar.

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Enhancing Learning & Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA) is looking to fund innovative IPV response interventions that meet the needs of and maintain the safety and security of women and girls in humanitarian settings.

ELRHA envisages funding a selection of IPV response interventions with varying budgets, generally between 50,000 and 175,000 GBP per project. Please consider the range provided as suggestive, and align proposed budgets and timelines with your project’s ambition.

Each project is expected to last between 12 and 21 months; all project-related activities must be completed by 30 November 2022 without the possibility of extension. The total duration of projects should cover all project activities including any adaptation/development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, as well as sharing learning and uptake.

We welcome applications from any legally registered entity (eg, INGO, NGO, UN, academic, private company).

The deadline for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) is 7 August 2020 (23:59 BST).

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jul 26, 2020
Jul 26, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network

Jill Langhus
Jul 27, 2020
Jul 27, 2020

Thanks, Ana.