U.S. Funding for Safe from the Start Announced at the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies

Fact Sheet
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
October 1, 2015

Today’s announcement of more than $17 million in additional funding contributed toward Safe from the Start activities in FY 2015 brings the total committed funding for Safe from the Start to nearly $40 million since Secretary Kerry launched this initiative to prevent and respond to gender based violence in September 2013.

Funding since 2013 from the State Department’s Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) includes:

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR): More than $11 million to support the first three years of the agency’s multiyear Safe from the Start project. This covers deployment of gender based violence (GBV) protection staff, agency-wide training, and implementing an innovation challenge to develop new gender-based violence projects.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): $7 million to the ICRC to strengthen its response to sexual violence in situations of armed conflict and other situations of violence.

UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA): Nearly $1 million to help the agency prevent and respond to GBV, including through innovative programming that addresses the root causes of GBV.

International Organization for Migration (IOM): More than $2.1 million to IOM to strengthen the camp coordination and camp management (CCCM) sector and to integrate GBV prevention and response into shelter programs.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA): More than $1.3 million to help UNFPA as co-lead of the GBV Area of Responsibility surge experts to the field.

Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs): More than $6.7 million to support NGO programs to bolster GBV prevention and response for those affected by conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan, Syria, and Iraq, and to develop and share new research and best practices. This includes an award to the Women’s Refugee Commission to develop the Call to Action Road Map.

In 2014 and 2015, to meet its commitments to the Call to Action, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), part of the agency’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, has supported the following global programs for Safe from the Start:

UNICEF: USAID/OFDA committed more than $4.7 million to strengthen UNICEF’s efforts to respond to GBV in emergencies including supporting community-based case management and psychosocial support to survivors of GBV, changing social norms and building an evidence base related to the impact of emergencies on violence in the home.

Non-governmental Organizations and other UN agencies: Over $4.8 million to equip aid workers and humanitarian organizations across different sectors with the skills and guidance needed to prevent and mitigate the effects of GBV, deploy gender and protection specialists to crisis settings, and to ensure and promote safer programming, particularly for those most vulnerable to GBV. .

The Real Time Accountability Partnership (RTAP): Nearly $1 million in FY 2015 to support a partnership seeking to enhance the humanitarian community’s accountability to GBV survivors and populations at risk of violence.


These Safe from the Start funds and programs complement other comprehensive efforts to prevent and respond to GBV in new and protracted humanitarian crises, and are aligned with the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender Based Violence Globally and the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. In FY 2015, PRM and USAID funded over $50.6 million in complementary programs.

For more information on the Safe from the Start initiative and U.S. leadership of the Call to Action, please visit://2009-2017.state.gov/j/prm/policyissues/issues/c62377.htm#GOAL