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Countering Gender-Based Violence Initiative in the Middle East and North Africa

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Banyan Global was the prime contractor under this Advancing the Agenda of Gender Equality (ADVANTAGE) task order to support United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission staff in the Middle East and North Africa to understand how to incorporate gender-based violence (GBV) considerations in their programming work. In the first phase of the project, the Banyan Global team produced regional and country specific profiles on the socio-economic costs of GBV, with a specific focus on domestic violence, child marriage, and public harassment. The profiles focused on USAID presence countries in the region, including: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and West Bank/Gaza. Banyan Global presented the methodology, findings and profiles from this costing research for USAID and State Department staff during a four-day gender integration and GBV training in Frankfurt, Germany; and to the USAID Office of Gender and Women’s Empowerment, Middle East and North Africa Bureau and Gender Champion Community of Practice, as well as to the State Department’s Near Eastern Affairs and Asia Bureau and Office of Global Women’s Issues. In the second phase of the project, Banyan Global estimated the socio-economic costs of GBV in three regions in Iraq – Baghdad, Basra, and Erbil; completed a desk gender analysis of the USAID/Yemen portfolio to support FY2018 strategic planning efforts; and conducted a USAID/Morocco gender analysis based on positive feedback from the first phase profile on GBV in Morocco.