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

This problem statement is rooted in tackling the issue of projects being implemented without reaching an impact due to existing barriers. Without increasing knowledge on barriers for accessing vulnerable people, the needs of these people will not adequately be met. These challenges are therefore particularly relevant for reaching refugees & IDP’s, alongside issues concerning gender and other vulnerabilities created by conflict.

  1. Tackling barriers to menstrual hygiene management: Tearfund
  2. Alternative care for adolescent boys in Lebanon: Save the Children
  3. Cash and protection models for adolescents: Stichting Vluchteling
  4. Developing a holistic care system: War Child
  5. FabLabs in unstable humanitarian settings: Terre des Hommes
  6. Family reunification in the Central African Republic: Plan
  7. People on the move: Oxfam Novib
  8. Reliable information in conflict areas: Save the Children
  9. Scale up access to internet for refugees, IDP’s and NGO staff: World Vision
  10. Vulnerable groups access services in the Dominican Republic: Plan

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1. Tackling barriers to menstrual hygiene management

Tearfund wants to contribute to women and girl empowerment, through better access to menstrual hygiene management products and services. We would like to invite you to think with us in how we can strengthen our approach in providing these services leading to behavioral change and effective use. We know how to work with communities, but innovative behavioral change methods are needed to boost our work in complex humanitarian settings.

Contact: Cornelis de Schipper

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2. Alternative Care for adolescent boys in Lebanon

In Lebanon, as a result of continuing deterioration of socio-economic and legal conditions, the number of refugee children in need of alternative care is on the rise. In particular adolescent boys are systematically left behind due to the scarcity of temporary shelters providing interim care and lack of families willing to host them. Save the Children seeks partners to develop and facilitate a design-thinking innovation process together with key actors in Lebanon to increase alternative care options for these adolescent boys.

Contact: Stijn Koster

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3. Cash and protection models for adolescents

There is a lack of evidence and tested models on the use of cash and voucher based approaches for adolescents. As a result, a growing number of displaced adolescents are not able to meet their survival and development needs.

Stichting Vluchteling are looking to work with partners to develop and test cash and protection models that achieve measurable outcomes for adolescents, carefully consider and mitigate risks, and are tailored to age and gender.

Contact: Dieuwerke Luiten

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4. Developing a holistic care system

Millions of children living with mental health problems currently receive no treatment for their condition. They are denied access to potentially life-saving services – which means innovative new solutions are urgently required. War Child has developed a tool to tackle the major challenges children face in accessing care.

The Community Case Detection Tool (CCDT) serves to increase awareness among community members and strengthen their skills to identify MH problems among children and youth. The tool assists in identification – and we now need expertise to develop new solutions to improve access and take-up of MH services, potentially through off- and on-line platforms and tools, relevant for humanitarian and protracted crises contexts. Interested to brainstorm? Get in touch before May 9!

Contact: Myrthe van den Broek

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5. FabLabs in unstable humanitarian settings

Children and Youth represent more than 50% of the people impacted by humanitarian crises. Though subject to acute protection risks, including worst forms of child labour, humanitarian response has failed to adequately target youth, especially teenagers, to address their (protection) needs. In response to this gap, Terre des Hommes proposes to target youth with Protection activities by translating the FabLab concept to unstable humanitarian contexts , such as (but not limited to) the Borno province, scene of the Boko Haram insurgency, in northern Nigeria, and is looking for interested partners to do so.

Contact: Paul Wolters

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6. Family reunification in the Central African Republic

Protection of the family unit is a fundamental human right, yet forced migration caused by populations fleeing armed conflicts often places this in jeopardy. The ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic has led many children to become separated from their parents, to live alone or with guardians. Different NGOs and state organizations charged with the task of reuniting families lack innovative methods in the face of numerous barriers and lengthy processes; Plan wants this to change.

Contact: Teresa Ibrahim

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7. People on the move

In the Venezuela and Europe migration crises, Oxfam Novib wants to develop a tool for safe two-way communication that will help us support migrants and refugees, especially women, to protect themselves from violence and abuse on their journey. As a result, they will have access to trustworthy information and can provide us with feedback. We are looking for support in designing a tool for this two-way communication in contexts of limited access to Internet and cell phones.

Contact: Claudette van Rijn

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8. Reliable information in conflict areas

In today’s conflicts civilian institutes such as schools and hospitals are a frequent target of armed forces, either intentionally or accidentally. One of the main barriers in the reduction of such attacks relates to the lack of reliable information that is accessible by all actors. Save the Children seeks a real-time, reliable and geopolitically neutral means for communication that will increase situational awareness, transparency and gives a means to hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.

Contact: Stijn Koster

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9. Scale up access to internet for refugees, IDP’s and NGO staff

World Vision would like to scale up access to internet connection to refugees/IDPs and NGO staff in rural areas of East Africa as well as worldwide. We are looking for a technical as well as (safe) scalable solution that could provide (cheap) connectivity as well as sensitizing messaging to these groups. Through connection, we also want to increase safety as well as accountability/monitoring of NGO staff working in rural areas. We are open for different solutions/partnerships.Contact

Contact: Gonnie de Vries

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10. Vulnerable groups access services in the Dominican Republic

Reaching highly vulnerable populations with humanitarian assistance is more challenging during an emergency due to the heightened security & safety concerns they face due to extra access barriers created by the method of service delivery, attitudes and behaviours of service providers and socio-cultural elements. The Dominican Republic is considered a hotspot for natural disasters. Without a proper intervention, vulnerable groups will continue to be exposed to unnecessary and preventable safety & protection risks with severe consequences on their physical and emotional wellbeing; Plan wants this to change.

Contact: Teresa Ibrahim

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