USAID/OFDA Protection Sector Update October 2013
Natural disasters and conflict often exacerbate the vulnerability of individuals, requiring people to cope with additional threats that include sexual violence, theft, exploitative labor, and exclusion from life-saving humanitarian assistance. In response, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is at the forefront of the humanitarian community’s efforts to protect conflict- and disaster-affected communities by funding activities that mitigate these dangers. While working to minimize and respond to specific risks, USAID/OFDA requires partners to “mainstream” protection—an approach to ensure the safety of those receiving emergency relief aid—in all humanitarian assistance programs.
In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, USAID/OFDA provided nearly $32.5 million to support stand-alone protection programs, including nearly $9 million to 11 U.N. agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for global protection initiatives and approximately $23.5 million to 20 U.N. agencies and NGOs for local protection activities in 17 countries. Worldwide, these programs have supported more than 36 million people, providing services for child protection, psychosocial support, prevention of and response to gender-based violence (GBV), and coordination of and advocacy for protection activities.