Trends in donor spending on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

The briefing provides an overview of the top donors, recipients and sectors for spending on SGBV-related projects, as well a breakdown of the allocation of SGBV-related project expenditure using the OECD DAC Gender Equality Marker (GEM).

It has been developed to inform discussions taking place at the End Sexual Violence in Conflict Global Summit this week, which has been organised by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and seeks to agree on a coordinated international action plan for addressing sexual violence in conflict zones.

Central to the discussions taking place at the Global Summit this week around the development of an action plan is the question of finance. How will the action plan be financed? What resources are needed? What funding targets on SGBV are required? How should resources be allocated to meet needs and have the greatest impact?

As a solid outcome of the Global Summit and as an integral aspect of the post-2015 development agenda, all donors need to set clear and measurable funding targets for supporting an effective international response to SGBV in conflict.

Key findings from the report include:

• The top three government donors on SGBV-related projects are US, Sweden and Norway. Yet, for most donors, funding to SGBV-related projects is only a minute proportion of total ODA spending

• The Democratic Republic of Congo is the top country-level recipient of funding to SGBV-related projects

• Spending on SGBV-related projects in the ‘emergency response’ and ‘conflict, peace and security sectors’ is surprisingly low

An overarching message from the briefing centres around the need for better data on international resource flows for addressing SGBV. A more standardised and systematic approach to donor reporting on funding to address SGBV is required.