The Resource and Support Hub (RSH)
Launched in December 2019, the Safeguarding Resource and Support Hub (RSH) is a centrally managed programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with a global outreach. It aims to support organisations in the aid sector to strengthen their safeguarding policy and practice against Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Sexual Harassment (SEAH). At the centre of its focus are smaller, local organisations in the global south which have limited access to contextually relevant safeguarding resources.
RSH has an Online Hub – a one-stop shop for relevant and accessible safeguarding materials including guidance, tools and research. The Hub also signposts users towards quality assured safeguarding service providers and creates opportunities for meaningful engagement through Communities of Practice, discussion forums and live webinars. Any individual or organisation working in the aid sector can access the Online Hub to learn, share and improve their approaches to SEAH and safeguarding more broadly.
RSH will also establish National Hubs which can offer both virtual and face-to-face services for smaller, local organisations such as capacity development materials and opportunities, evidence reviews, and discussion groups. The first National Hub is being piloted in Ethiopia and the Ethiopia Hub page on the website is live which provides contextually relevant resources in local languages. A free call-down service for advice and support on safeguarding is also being launched for eligible CSOs in Ethiopia. Additional National Hubs in countries in Africa, MENA and/or South Asia will be agreed and launched during implementation.
The contract is delivered by a consortium, with Options as contractual lead, Social Development Direct as technical and delivery lead and GCPS Consulting, Terre des Hommes and Sightsavers as key delivery partners. The programme will run for 2 years, with a potential extension of an additional 3 years.
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