National Coordination Coalition
The on-going social and economic crisis in Venezuela has led almost 200,000 people to flee to the neighboring country of Guayana. The sudden influx of Venezuelans in the last few years has strained Guyana’s resources, services and infrastructure, leaving the country with limited capacity to adequately respond to the crisis, and causing tensions between migrants and host communities. Successful resettlement and empowerment of displaced Venezuelan migrants require coordinated efforts through advocacy, networking, and building of coalitions.
The National Coordination Coalition (NCC) is leveraging its robust experience working with vulnerable groups and displaced communities to develop and launch sustainable services to mitigate gender-based violence (GBV). The NCC is closing the documented gap in GBV service provision while simultaneously equipping migrants to escape the threat of violence through improved access to formal economic activities. Under the BetterTogether Challenge, the Coalition is completing a rapid GBV assessment with technical support from Seattle-based startup Ladysmith Collective with a focus on research and advocacy using evidence and data to support gender-programming.
Working across its network of 40 partner organizations, NCC is helping reduce or address GBV through wraparound service activities that include legal assistance, social and psychosocial service support, English classes, among other services. Efforts are focusing on Venezuelan migrants in coastal and river communities in regions 2, 3, and 4. They are being complemented with a comprehensive crosscutting project-based learning model that promotes learning and provides safe opportunities through a digital platform for Venezuelan migrants to tell their own stories and experiences, and promotes access to sustained support and linkages within host communities. The digital platform and networks underpin and strengthen data-driven decentralized ecosystem partnerships with NGOs, government agencies, private-sector, local communities, and beyond.
Focus Areas and Impact
|Gender Equality & Women's Economic Empowerment|
|Xenophobia, Gender-Based Violence & Violence Prevention|