Women and girls are disproportionately affected by GBV in humanitarian and displacement settings, as they are often separated from families,and living in contexts in which rule of law, safety, and security are severely compromised. Adequate lighting in communal areas or lighting for individual use is currently recommended in the Guidelines for GBV Interventions in Humanitarian Settings, and while previous evaluations on the use of handheld and/or street lights have been conducted in development and humanitarian settings, these evaluations recommended further work to understand if and how women use individual handheld lights. This pre- and post-test mixed methods evaluation documented the use and benefits of handheld solar lights among females aged 14 and older to mitigate the risks for violence in IDP camps and to improve their sense of safety in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (n=754). Evaluation results were used to improve the IRCs handheld solar light program and inform decisions about how to sustain and improve the use of handheld solar lights in that population.
The Airbel Impact Lab at IRC is a team of researchers, strategists and innovators committed to the accelerated design, rigorous evaluation and cost-effective scaling of the most impactful solutions supporting people affected by crisis.