Thank you so much for this helpful feedback. We were familiar with the WRC publication, but Tamasha was new to us. We hope that we can learn from them- thank you for making the connection.
We integrated responses to your questions into our contribution, but wanted to address them directly here as well:
- Are there linkages to service provision? Will you be working with providers to improve available care and service options? Yes, we will map existing services to be included in the app/toolkit and will network with these provides to help get the app/toolkit to girls. We foresee fostering a working partnership, where we are directly girls to them and they are directing girls to us.
- How will you mitigate any pushback from other stakeholders (i.e. parents and community members) to your proposal? Are there safety measures taken place for the girls seeking services? The girls suggested we support parents and community leaders in designing and implementing a community-based advocacy campaign. They also suggested a parent group that reviews the material for the app/toolkit so that it can be “parent approved.” In addition, we will work with these parents and community members to produce material from them and to other parents in other communities as we prepare to scale. Mercy Corps adheres to a child safeguarding policy to ensure that we mitigate risks and maximize protection outcomes during this project. In the app/toolkit, we will develop “safety guidelines” for girls seeking services. In addition, the research will be facilitated by female research mentors, who will be young Syrian and Jordanian women from the community who will be able to help mitigate risks and accompany the girls on their research.
- Can you give us more detail about your relationships with resource/service providers and the community? How will you identify priority girls and women in these camps? Mercy Corps has been working in Jordan since 2002, partnering directly with communities in all projects and fostering relationships with government agencies, community-based organizations, schools and existing youth programs to build the resilience of young people at a grassroots level. We are respected, known and trusted. We planned to work in host communities rather than camps because we want to be able to address the too often neglected impact of the conflict on Jordanians living in host communities; however, we would be open to working in camps if your team has a strong preference. Mercy Corps uses vulnerability criteria to ensure that the most marginalized girls participate in all programs. Applying methods like the I’m Here Approach, Mercy Corps has demographic information per household that helps us identify homebound girls not participating in other programs. For this program, we will work with Mercy Corps team members to identify Syrian and Jordanian girls based on this criteria.
We hope this answers your questions! Please feel free to circle back with more input and questions. We love iterative processes...the more learning, the better!