A survivor-centric approach
As part of our Act pillar, interim reparative measures projects are implemented based on the recognition of survivors’ right to reparation and the urgency of receiving reparative measures in situations where States or other responsible parties claim to be unable, or are unwilling, to take steps to meet their responsibilities.
We work to make a meaningful difference in the lives of survivors of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) through the interim reparative measures projects Global Survivors Fund (GSF) co-creates with survivors and runs with partner organisations. Our approach provides interim reparative measures that are defined by and tailored to the individual needs of survivors, which ensures each project is contextualised according to the specific circumstances in which survivors live.
Each interim reparative measures project includes Advocacy and Guide activities that push for the development and implementation of comprehensive reparation policies and programmes where appropriate. Such endeavours are only successful when working in close collaboration with a network of partners who provide contextual expertise, with government representatives, and with other key decision-makers, such as the Office of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Our projects are completed with a true multistakeholder approach.
Adhering to our emphasis on co-creation, projects are structured so that survivors participate at every stage, including design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. Survivors also define what form the individual and collective reparative measures they take, making measures tailored to their needs. Survivors can also act as members of their project’s Steering Committee and in other administrative project bodies.
To ensure a localised approach, all projects are carried out in partnership with civil society organisations that provide context-specific knowledge with expertise that ensures community needs are addressed appropriately. All projects are also guided by multi-stakeholder Steering Committees as part of a concerted effort to foster close collaboration between survivors, international organisations, civil society, and States.
Co-created with survivors
- Survivors deﬁne the content and the types of individual and collective interim reparative measures they receive;
- They directly participate in the monitoring and evaluation process of the projects and design the impact indicators;
- Through their direct participation in the Steering Committee, survivors co-design and validate all stages of implementation.