Lessons Learned: Assessing Responses to the Needs of Survivors of Sexual Violence in Humanitarian Settings



The research for change project is a research project focusing on assessing sexual violence responses in the context of disaster-prone and conflict areas. The project was executed by KIT Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and Save the Children. The studies were initially planned in three different countries: Haiti, South Yemen and Northeast Nigeria. The project started in 2019 and ended in June 2022 and was funded by ECHO.

This document describes the background, study objectives and method, as well as the main findings from South Yemen and Northeast Nigeria. It also includes an explanation of the challenges faced while conducting sexual violence research in humanitarian settings and provides an overview of the different mitigations strategies used during the COVID-19 pandemic. This brief concludes with reflections and overall lessons learned that should be taken into consideration when conducting research on sexual violence in disaster-prone and conflict settings.