Building a Safer World: Toolkit for Integrating GBV Prevention and Response into USAID Energy and Infrastructure Projects

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This toolkit was developed to support implementation of the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally. It provides guidance and resources for USAID technical and program officers to integrate gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response into energy and infrastructure projects as required by Automated Directives System (ADS) 205.3.4. The toolkit achieves this objective by assisting USAID technical and program teams to identify how GBV impacts overall project outcomes defined in the project logical framework; key gender gaps that could be addressed through the project; and any potential differential effects (including unintended or negative consequences) on women, men, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons, and other marginalized and vulnerable groups.

The Toolkit provides:

  • The United States government definition of GBV
  • Explanation for why GBV matters to energy and infrastructure projects, key best practices, and how to work with stakeholders
  • Operational guidance for why and how to integrate GBV prevention and response in six subsectors of USAID’s energy and infrastructure portfolio: energy, transportation, building, water, sanitation and hygiene, urban development, and construction
  • USAID’s approach to measuring GBV in the energy and infrastructure sectors, reporting guidance, assessing and learning, and resources for GBV monitoring and evaluation
Resource Author(s) 
Daniel O’Neil, Danielle Renzi, Alyssa McDermott, Anelia Atanassova
Publication Date 
August 2015

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