June 13, 2016
Written by USAID
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Education Strategy states: “When designing education programs, projects, and activities aimed at achieving the goals in this strategy, USAID will consider the goalspecific gender issues affecting boys and girls, young men and young women, and develop gender equity strategies to address these issues during implementation” (USAID 2011, page 8). Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of those considerations. This toolkit was developed for USAID technical and program officers working on education to increase understanding of GBV in the education context and strengthen integration of a GBV response into projects and activities. Because reducing SRGBV is a high priority for USAID in all school systems globally, this toolkit includes SRGBV, but the overall focus is GBV in the education context broadly. While there may not be specific GBV-designated funds, current USAID guidance recommends that GBV prevention and response are integrated throughout the USAID Program Cycle in project design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. GBV prevention and response should be integrated as underlying factors that enable full participation of those who have experienced GBV, provide opportunities to improve lives, and mitigate against unintended consequences.