Field Support

If you work in a GBV sub-cluster (or equivalent) and need support for coordination, information management, or any other issue related to the work of the GBV sub-cluster, please contact the GBV AoR Coordination Team by emailing them on the Contact Page.


The Helpdesk offers expertise on a wide variety of GBViE issues. Technical support focuses on questions you may have about existing or prospective GBV response and service delivery linked to: 1) coordination efforts in line with the GBV in Emergencies Coordination Handbook; and 2) undertaking GBV-specialist prevention and response programming.

The Helpdesk delivers in a number of ways. You can find all Helpdesk products and resources in the Tools and Resources for Thematic Areas section.

Rapid programme support

Guidance on how to collect information on GBV issues in emergencies and develop effective GBV prevention and response programmes that adhere to international standards and are capable of securing funding from institutional donors. Support can be delivered through Skype/ WhatsApp and email.

Research, Analysis and Advice

Research, analysis and advice to enhance yours and your organization’s knowledge, understanding and approach to GBV in emergencies. Support takes the form of written reports, such as briefing papers, literature reviews, and/or annotated bibliographies.

Quarterly Evidence Digest

Provides humanitarian staff at the global, regional, country and field level with a manageable summary of the latest research, evidence and learning on GBV in emergencies.

Training and Knowledge Tools

In-depth guidance notes on best practice in GBV in emergencies programming and policy engagement.

Managed by Social Development Direct, the Helpdesk is staffed by a global roster of GBV experts ready to provide rapid, tailored support – including to GBV specialists, sector programmers, coordinators, and management. 


You can contact the GBV AoR Helpdesk by emailing to: and the Helpdesk will respond to you within 24 hours during weekdays. 

The GBV AoR Helpdesk is available 09.30- 17.30 GMT, Monday to Friday.


Community of Practice

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GBV AoR Community of Practice

Who are we? 

  • An online virtual community of GBV specialists working in humanitarian emergency settings 

  • We bring a mix of experiences, backgrounds, roles, types of organization, geographic locations, nationalities, cultures, and ages

  • Predominantly conducted in English but French and Spanish posts are supported

Why are we joining together in a Community of Practice? 

  • Share a common sense of purpose of supporting GBV survivors in this work and a commitment to gender equality

  • Want to learn and share to deepen our understanding, strengthen our abilities, and broaden our networks

  • Shared aim of increasing the overall effectiveness of prevention and response to GBV in emergencies

What happens in the Community of Practice? 

  • We share experiences and learn about others’ perspectives and experiences

  • We gain new knowledge 

  • We strengthen our ability to deal with the challenges and complexities of GBViE

  • We gain deeper insight and understanding

  • We challenge our own and others’ assumptions 

  • We learn about new and emerging good practices, standards, tools, and research

  • We broaden our networks beyond our current deployment or organization and interact with senior GBViE specialists, academics, and local women’s organizations


Why should you be a member?

You want to participate in an active and respectful community of GBViE specialists around the world – sharing and learning while contributing to the collective body of knowledge for supporting survivors and designing effective prevention.

Membership Criteria 

Is the CoP available in my language?

The online CoP platform is in English, so you must have enough English language skills to navigate the site, complete your application, and activate your membership. We support French and Spanish language discussions for members who are more comfortable sharing in those languages, although we are unable to provide translation. Most discussions are in English.

How do I become a member?  

Step 1. Request Application: Go to and choose “Apply for membership in this group”

Step 2. Apply: Check your email for an invitation to complete a membership application. Fill out the online Application Form. 

Step 3. Screening : CoP moderators review your application. Most applications are approved; occasionally Moderators will request more information if its unclear.

Step 4. Activate Your Membership:  You will receive an email with instructions and links for activating your membership. You must agree to the community standards and complete an online profile in the member directory. 

Step 5. Membership: Start participating in a vibrant and supportive community of experts! 

Find out more about the GBV AoR Community of Practice here.

Contact the Community of Practice

Child and Adolescent Survivor Initiative

CASI Community of Practice

The purpose of the Child Protection (CP)/Gender-based Violence (GBV) Community of Practice (CoP) is to improve linkages between CP and GBV actors to ensure that child and adolescent survivors of sexual abuse in humanitarian settings receive response services that meet their diverse and specific needs. The CP/GBV CoP is a key activity of the Child and Adolescent Survivors Initiative (CASI), led by the CP and GBV AoRs in partnership with the International Rescue Committee and NORCAP. 

To learn more about the CP/GBV CoP, please contact

Remote and Field Support

The Child and Adolescent Survivors Initiative (CASI) seeks to improve the quality of and access to services for child and adolescent survivors of sexual abuse in emergencies. Through the partnership of the Global Child Protection (CP) Area of Responsibility (AoR) and Gender-based Violence (GBV) AoRs, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and the Norwegian Capacity (NORCAP) expert deployment, CASI provides inter-agency support to country-level CP and GBV coordination mechanisms and service providers on the response to child and adolescent survivors. For more information on types of support offered by CASI, criteria for remote and in-country support and contact information see the menu of options .

For more information on CASI activities in the four pilot countries (Iraq, Myanmar, Niger and Sudan) see this folder.