Collective Action to Reduce Gender-Based Violence (CARE-GBV)



Mission Support






Gender-based violence (GBV) is a pervasive violation of unalienable human rights and a barrier to civic, social, political, and economic participation. It undermines not only the safety, dignity, overall health, and agency of the millions of individuals who experience it, but also the public health, economic stability, and security of nations.  Confronting GBV is an important goal for USAID in fostering a path to self-reliance and resilience in developing countries. However, with a decentralized field-based GBV portfolio, few overarching GBV guidance and best practice documents, and diverse ways of reporting results, reporting on GBV results can be challenging.


Making Cents International, in a joint venture with our partner Development Professionals, Inc., is supporting USAID’s Office of Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment (GenDev) through the Collective Action to Reduce Gender-Based Violence (CARE-GBV) Task Order. Awarded under the Analytical Services IV IDIQ, CARE-GBV is centered on strengthening USAID’s collective prevention and response, or “collective action” in GBV development programming across USAID, through the development of strategic plans, research, training, and professional networking support. To that end, Making Cents and our partners will:  


  • Develop and disseminate foundational elements for integrated and standalone GBV programming in development contexts

  • Strengthen prevention and response programming on harmful GBV practices, including female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and child, early, and forced marriage (CEFM), across different sectors through convening workshops, implementation plans, and learning agenda development

  • Create knowledge products to strengthen GBV programming

  • Strengthen the USAID GBV community of practice and donor coordination in GBV programming

  • Apply ‘research to practice’ through small grants to new, local and under-utilized partners around existing GBV activities


In addition, we will create and disseminate a USAID GBV Learning Agenda, working through the consultations and convenings and the USAID GBV Working Group, to distill learning questions for the GBV portfolio that focus on development sectors at USAID. In close collaboration with key USAID stakeholders, we will also create a suite of GBV training tools showcasing promising or best practices that can be readily accessible by the public working to address GBV.