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The Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) was launched by the legacy UK Department for International Development (DFID) – now Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) – in 2012, as a 12-year commitment to reach the most marginalised girls in the world and is the largest global fund dedicated to girls’ education. Although the GEC has worked on meeting its commitments to safeguarding since it began, since 2018 there has been extensive, intensive and meaningful improvements in safeguarding work, including within the GEC Fund Manager and the GEC implementing partners. 

‘Protection is Possible’ explores this journey and provides insight into the GEC’s Safeguarding Operating Model and how this model contributed to meeting meaningful compliance to the GEC’s Safeguarding Minimum Standards. Meaningful compliance has led to projects working on safeguarding in a participatory way with girls and staff, as well as in an increase in the frequency of reporting and the quality of case handling. The journey outlined within Protection is Possible is one that is full of hope - most importantly for beneficiaries of ODA. 

The paper additionally includes a toolbox of downloadable materials, listed at the end of the document. 

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