Advancement of priority topic SGBV in SDC/HA

Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) is a serious, life-threatening issue in humanitarian settings and a new priority topic of SDC/HA. The intervention aims at promoting this new priority topic within SDC/HA through targeted, strategic interventions and on the basis of the operational concept on SGBV approved by SDC/HA in 2016. While this credit proposal sets the framework and criteria for such strategic interventions the individual actions will be administered by partial actions.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Sexual & gender-based violence
Sector not specified
01.01.2017 - 31.12.2022
CHF  3’200’000
  • SGBV is a serious and life-threatening issue in humanitarian settings.
  • With the new message for international cooperation 2017-2020, SGBV becomes one of four priority topics of SDC/HA.
  • In November 2016, the operational concept for the new priority topic SGBV was adopted by the Operations Committee of SDC/HA. The concept focuses on the following lines of intervention: increase in SGBV-specific programmes for survivors of SGBV, SGBV mainstreaming (SGBV prevention and risk mitigation), strengthening of advocacy and effective coordination, increased cooperation on SGBV with SDC/HA priority partners and UNFPA (in close cooperation with SDC Global Institutions) and the promotion of a gender-inclusive approach, which includes men and boys as survivors of SGBV.
  • During discussions of the operational concept in the SDC/HA “Bereichsleitung” and the Operations Committee it was agreed that the focal points of the priority themes should be granted with a budget for the strategic promotion of their topic within SDC/HA in line with the operational concepts. For the topic of SGBV this budget amounts to CHF 500’000/year. 
Objectives The overall goal of the intervention is the successful implementation of the operational concept on SGBV 2017-2020 and the institutional anchorage of the topic in SDC/HA with a view to improving the situation of SGBV survivors and persons at risk on the ground.
Target groups

Direct target group:

  • Survivors and persons at risk of SGBV in humanitarian settings

Indirect target group:

  • Humanitarian system, i.e. in terms of humanitarian coordination, SGBV-responsive humanitarian needs assessments and response plans, effectiveness and accountability of SDC/HA priority partners in relation to SGBV.
  • Local institutions responding to SGBV, including local women’s NGOs.
  • SDC/HA offices and staff members at HQ and the field as well as members of the SHA.
Medium-term outcomes

The overall goal of the intervention is to be achieved through the objectives spelled out in the operational concept SGBV:

  • Enhanced protection and multi-sectoral services for survivors of SGBV (beneficiary level)
  • More effective SGBV prevention and response from the onset and throughout a humanitarian crisis (system level)
  • Effective promotion of a gender-inclusive approach, which includes men and boys as survivors or SGBV (beneficiary and system level)

At the institutional level, the objective of the intervention is to enhance understanding of and commitment towards SGBV within SDC/HA, resulting in an increase in concrete actions on SGBV at the operational and policy level, at HQ and in the field.


Results from previous phases:   Since 2015, the Gender & SGBV Focal Point disposes of an annual budget of CHF 400’000 for the promotion of gendermainstreaming and SGBV in SDC/HA. From this budget, contributions were made to GenCap, four SGBV projects by local NGOs in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, South Sudan and oPT, a Swiss hosted donor meeting of the GBV AoR in Geneva and a research project on male survivors of SGBV (seed-funding). While the partnership with GenCap was strengthened thanks to the Swiss contribution, the four SGBV projects with local NGOs benefitted survivors of SGBV and contributed to an increased engagement on SGBV by SDC field offices in Myanmar and South Sudan. The project on male survivors of SGBV was successfully launched thanks to Swiss seed-funding and is likely to receive additional funding from this credit proposal in the coming years.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign academic and research organisation
International or foreign NGO
Other International Organization
Private sector
Swiss Academic and Research Institution
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • Christian Peace Service
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Other Academic Research North
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • Other OI
  • Foreign private sector North
  • Swiss Private Sector
  • United Nations Population Fund
  • University of Geneva
  • United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Coordination with other projects and actors The funding of several interventions through one credit proposal contributes to a coherent and well-coordinated portfolio for the promotion of the topic of SGBV within SDC/HA. Interventions will further be coordinated with relevant field operations, staff/divisions of SDC/HA and the Federal Administration.
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    3’200’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    3’013’367 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF   2’000’000