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Technical Support on Gender-Based Violence to USAID’s Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

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Banyan Global is implementing the Gender Integration Technical Assistance (GITA) II Task Order, which provides on-demand, rapid-response, short-term technical assistance (STTA) to United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Missions and Bureaus across multiple sectors and in crisis and non-crisis settings.

Under GITA II, Banyan Global is providing technical support to USAID’s Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment on several initiatives focused on gender-based violence (GBV). Banyan Global is providing technical assistance to USAID on the Resilient, Inclusive, & Sustainable Environments (RISE): A Challenge to Address Gender-Based Violence in environment contexts and climate-related sectors. Banyan Global is supporting RISE grantees as they develop promising approaches to prevent and respond to GBV across environmental sectors. Grantees are addressing GBV in their communities in a variety of ways, such as helping men and women secure land rights, empowering women miners to advocate for better treatment, and developing safeguarding policies within conservation organizations.

The Banyan Global team also provided technical assistance for the USAID and the Inter-American Development Bank BetterTogether Challenge, a global initiative to crowdsource, fund, and scale innovative solutions from Venezuelans, wherever they are, and innovators worldwide to support Venezuelans and host communities affected by migration. Banyan Global reviewed applications to BetterTogether that focused on GBV, supported USAID missions to integrate GBV into their work, and advised selected GBV-focused grantees.

Aside from the support on the RISE and BetterTogether Challenges, Banyan Global produced a white paper, and provides technical support to ensure USAID effectively prevents and responds to sexual exploitation and abuse in its development work.