01 March 2012

GPPi assesses two humanitarian projects in new report

In March 2012, GPPi released a report that assesses the effectiveness of two inter-agency projects designed to ensure the protection of civilians and gender-equality programming during responses to humanitarian emergencies. Commissioned by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the report’s authors – Julia Steets and Claudia Meier – conclude that both projects remain highly relevant and should be continued.

Numerous evaluations and studies have found that there is a lack of expertise in protection of civilians and gender issues during humanitarian responses. Because of this, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, the main international humanitarian coordination body, established the Protection Capacity Standby Project (ProCap) in 2005 and the Gender Standby Capacity Project (GenCap) in 2007. The two projects now send experts to emergencies so as to provide guidance to humanitarian teams on protection and gender issues. ProCap experts mainly focus on strategic and operational protection response for vulnerable groups, while GenCap advisers work on gender-equality programming as well as responses to, and prevention of, gender-based violence.

Conducted from August-December 2011, the GPPi evaluation assessed whether the two projects meet their objectives and provide strategic recommendations for their future. To this end, the GPPi team examined the effectiveness, sustainability and relevance of each project and analyzed what factors of management and administration contribute to the success of the projects. Data was collected by way of interviews, a document review, two surveys and four country visits to Pakistan, South Sudan, Sudan and Zimbabwe. In addition, the evaluation team conducted two learning workshops to verify findings and refine recommendations together with the project management and steering committees.

The evaluation recommends adapting some of the priority activities of GenCap advisers and ProCap officers to cover the most important needs in gender and protection. Furthermore, while recommending to maintain the projects’ governance structure, the evaluation suggests some changes in operations.

To read the evaluation report, please click here.

For more background information on the evaluation, please click here.

For additional information please contact Julia Steets.

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