Grameen "Do No Harm" and Safeguarding Framework

This Do No Harm framework is meant to guide project/ product/ service design, implementation, monitoring and project exit with a focus on “doing no harm while doing good” for the women and families Grameen Foundation and its partners serve.

Social norms shape how people behave and expect others to behave. They define what women’s and men’s roles are from birth until death and highly influence how people are aware of, access, and benefit from programs, products, and services.

The Do No Harm Framework relies on 10 As—ten words that start with the letter A—to assist with remembering the ten different potential risks of a project/ product/ service on program participants and designing to mitigate them, whether those risks are focused on health, financial services, agriculture, among others. The framework is designed to be flexible so that it can serve agricultural and financial services programs, among others.

This tool can be used at all phases of a project, from the proposal stage to the project exit stage and should be supported by more in-depth gender analyses and processes. It is meant to be a living document that gets updated as more information informs our understanding of the risks to doing harm.

Resource Type:
  • Toolkit

Author: Bobbi Gray and the Grameen Gender Working Group
Publication Date: 10/16/2020
  • Global

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