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This is the final report of the Expanding the Evidence Base and Networks for Sexual Violence Response program, which, over the years, has enabled regional partners to collectively test and document experiences in tackling violence against children and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in humanitarian contexts. To foster SGBV prevention and ensure that responses to SGBV are effective, the program has targeted a range of stakeholders, including influential regional bodies; the health, education, and justice sectors; and children and refugees—as survivors as well as members of communities where prevention is being promoted. The program has helped to change the way people in the region think about SGBV, and how to respond to it, evinced by the responses of regional bodies such as the UNHCR Regional Service Centre in Nairobi, which established technical cooperation with Population Council’s Kenya office at the beginning of the program, to ensure utilization of evidence-based programming in refugee operations in the region. The report highlights six main lessons learned as well as remaining challenges to strengthening the capacities of the medical, legal, and justice sectors to care for survivors of such violence.






Addressing SGBV among Vulnerable Populations in East and Southern Africa