The Inter-Agency Minimum Standards
The objective of the Minimum Standards is to establish a common understanding of what constitutes minimum GBV prevention and response programming in emergencies. “Minimum” means “of adequate quality”; that reflects good practice and the principle of do-no harm.
Actors working in specialised GBV programming can use these Minimum Standards to better understand the requirements of providing multi-sectoral programming and thereby provide multi-sectoral services.
Each Standard in this resource represents a common agreement on what needs to be achieved for that specific programmatic element to be of adequate quality. When a GBV programme actor decides to implement a programmatic component outlined in the Standards, that intervention must be implemented according to the Standard at a minimum.
Through the standards, the global Gender Based Violence Area of Responsibility membership aims to provide GBV programme actors with practical guidance to ensure effective action on GBV prevention and response in humanitarian settings. The standards emphasise that women and girls are key actors in their protection and must be active partners in identifying protection risks and solutions throughout the programme cycle.
The Facilitator’s Guide: Applying and Understanding the Inter-Agency Minimum Standards for Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies Programming (Facilitator’s Guide) aims to enhance the understanding and application of the Inter-Agency Minimum Standards for Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies Programming.
The Facilitator’s Guide aims to equip a diverse range of actors implementing, supporting and/ or planning to implement, specialized GBV programming in humanitarian settings with (1) an understanding of the GBV Minimum Standards’ content; and (2) a process for assessing how the GBV Minimum Standards are currently implemented in their setting to support the improved application of the Standards without doing harm.
Presentations Introducing the Minimum Standards
The Powerpoint presentations provide an introduction to the Minimum Standards and focus on each of the 16 Minimum Standards individually. Each presentation highlights core concepts, questions for discussion, Key Actions and common programming issues for each Standard.
The Contextualization Tool
The Contextualization Tool outlines a process for applying the Minimum Standards to participants’ local settings. It supports GBV implementing organizations and partners to assess and improves GBV programming components that are currently being implemented in their specific context toward achieving the GBV Minimum Standards. The GBV Minimum Standards contextualization process may be an intervention in itself as it supports reflection, planning, and collaboration among team members, organizations and partners.