Projects and Partnerships for Gender, Women and Children Program

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Partnership and Collaboration

Joint Regional Project on Peace and Security

In December 2018, a Regional Project on Peace and Security in the Great Lakes Region was launched to support the ICGLR’s Peace and Security work. The project is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union (EU) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region (O-SESG-L).

The project seeks to contribute to the consolidation of peace and stability by strengthening the capacity of the ICGLR Conference Secretariat and its decentralized entities to implement the Pact on Security, Stability and Development and its protocols. Key intervention areas relate to peace and security (in particular peace education and mediation), the fight against the illicit exploitation of natural resources, as well as sexual and gender-based violence and the women, peace and security agenda more globally.

Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation and Panzi Foundation

In the framework of the Regional Project on Peace and Security co-funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union (EU), GIZ is supporting the work of the ICGLR Gender Directorate and the RTF to prevent and respond to cases SGBV. In a joint planning workshop with the ICGLR partners, it was agreed that a more holistic and harmonized approach towards the prevention and response to SGBV was needed within ICGLR Member States, in particular with regards to SGBV training.

 To this effect, a partnership was initiated in May 2019 between the ICGLR RTF, the Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation and Panzi Foundation and GIZ to integrate Panzi’s holistic model of care to SGBV survivors (psycho-social, medical, legal assistance and reintegration support) in the RTF’s training modules with the idea to pilot the initiative in five pilot countries initially.  These include the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda and the Central African Republic.

The first SGBV pilot training jointly delivered by experts from the RTF and Panzi Foundation, took place in December 2019 in Goma and Kinshasa in the DRC.  As a result of the training, a total of 73 professionals (including 40 male and 33 female) involved in the SGBV response in the DRC, including medical and psycho-social personnel, judicial and police officers increased their knowledge and skills to handle SGBV cases more adequately and address the holistic needs of survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

As the initiative is expected to further roll out in Rwanda, Zambia, Uganda and CAR in 2020, the Gender Directorate will support the building partnerships and conduct advocacy within the pilot Member States to implement holistic SGBV service delivery, reparations, Special courts etc. This will include peer-learning visits to exchange experiences and best practices on the holistic model with key stakeholders in the Member States.  

African Union

Since August 2019, the ICGLR has been preparing the ground for the implementation of its mediation work while strengthening the collaboration with the African Union and its supporting structures within the AU Peace and Security Department. As the AU is looking into rolling out its own mediation framework, the involvement of the ICGLR as a regional platform will be a key contribution towards the implementation process of the AU mediation framework.  Following an exchange visit by the ICGLR Gender Directorate and the AU Mediation Support Unit (MSU) in August 2019, the Gender Director was invited as an additional member to the MSU coordination mechanisms with the Economic Communities on the continent. This has the potential for the MSU to have an additional gender focus in its work, taking into account the realities in the Great Lakes Region.  Furthermore, the ICGLR Director has initiated collaboration with the Office of the AU Special Envoy on WPS to ensure the ICGLR’s work on Women, Peace and Security is streamlined with the AU Continental framework on Women, Peace and Security and to collaborate closely in the implementation of the WPS monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.

Other partnerships

Since 2014, Gender Directorate engaged in several partnerships to support the implementation of its activities. These include the Office of the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Office of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Great Lakes Region (O-SESG GLR), UN WOMEN, Swiss Cooperation, World Bank, as well as civil society actors such as the Concertation des Collectifs des Associations Féminines de la region des Grands Lacs (COCAFEM – GL), CARE International, Global Fund for Women, Accord and Nairobi Peace Initiative - Africa (NPI-Africa).