2022 Drought Response - Protection Mainstreaming Guidance

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Date published
01 Apr 2022
Tools, guidelines and methodologies
Drought, Protection, Response and recovery

4 Essential Actions to Mainstream Protection in the Drought Response today

1. Respond - Every cluster/partner should develop a list of 2 to 3 mitigating measures for each of below listed identified priority risks, and adapt their drought response programming accordingly.

1. Risk of Minority Clan exclusion from assistance distribution, and violence in assistance delivery.

2. Risk of increased exposure to SGBV for women and adolescent girls due to displacement.

3. Risk of Forced Eviction, particularly within and around Mogadishu.

4. Risk of insufficient communication and dialogue, participation and closing the feedback loop with communities on any concerns and questions raised, reducing ability for affected populations to make informed decisions for themselves.

2. Refer - Ensure field staff are aware of Child Protection and GBV referral mechanisms in the area of operation. If none are identified, report this gap to the GBV and/or CP AoR as relevant, and the Protection Cluster.

3. Present - Clearly and effectively communicate, and be transparent about resources and services available, targeting criteria, and the targeting process. Information should be available to all – including those not within targeted groups, and reviewed to avoid language/dialect gaps. Consider that community-based targeting may reach marginalized groups more effectively. The Somali languages/dialects this information can be disseminated include: Maxa, May, Bravanese, Kibajuni, mushunguli, Garre, Tunni, Aweer and Boni.

4. Prevent - Review staff involved in assessments, assistance, distributions, and reconstruction activities and identify if and when they have been trained to use and apply, as a minimum; (1) Code of Conduct, (2) Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), (3) Child Safeguarding, and (4) Fraud. Ensure all staff (including volunteers, suppliers, and otherwise) duly sign associated documentation prior to implementing activities.