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Peer to Peer Feedback Session: ‘Safety & Protection’ Challenge Briefs

Peer to Peer Feedback Session: ‘Safety & Protection’ Challenge Briefs

Humanitarian Accelerator Programme – April 24th, 2019

On Tuesday 16th April the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) Partners came together again for a Peer to Peer feedback session on the final drafts of their challenge briefs. The final submissions will be shared within the DCHI ecosystem, as well as external networks. This will enable external parties to share their knowledge, expertise, skills and (parts of) possible solutions to support the humanitarian organisations in realizing an impactful change in the described situations.

The Peer to Peer feedback was an invaluable opportunity for the participants to concretely make sure that their hard work was not missing our three fundamental criteria: that the challenge briefs are grounded in the realities of the field, backed by their organisations and have an ‘outsiders-in’ perspective, meaning that the briefs needed to be as clear and transparent as possible. The organisations had already excelled at making sure that their briefs were coming from field level needs, as well as linking them to organisational priorities and existing initiatives. To enhance the outsiders-in perspective further, they were joined by TES Network to offer an innovative perspective from a potential third-party point of view. This was great preparation for when the challenge briefs will be published in the last week of April, to draw in wider third-parties to potentially collaborate with the DRA partners for their projects.

A total of 26 challenge briefs were submitted for feedback, indicating how hard all the DRA partners have been working and with such enthusiasm toward the Safety and Protection theme. All challenge briefs have been created on the basis of the 4 problem statements that the DRA partners collectively defined during the Kick-Off Session. Here is an overview of the 4 Problem Statements:

  1. How can we tackle barriers that exist to access services related to safety and protection for the most vulnerable people in need of these services
  2. How to improve approaches to addressing social/gender norms (harmful) & power structures in humanitarian settings
  3. How can we increase the mental health & Psychological wellbeing of people affected by humanitarian settings?
  4. How can we better facilitate communities to drive the design and implementation of the responses to their safety and protection challenges?

Have these problem statements caught your eye? Do you think you could share your skills, knowledge, or (parts of) a solution to the problem? Keep a close eye on our website for the final publications of the challenge briefs which will happen in the week of April 29th.

Initiative: Safety and Protection

If people affected by crisis are provided with food and medical aid, but remain unsafe from conflict, something vital is missing from an adequate humanitarian response. To better address the current issues around safety and protection which crisis affected populations and humanitarian staff are facing, the opportunities provided by new technologies and innovation, need to be explored.

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