Strengthening Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the MSF Movement through a Grassroots-led Approach

Evaluation of the MSF Intersectional Project "People, Respect, and Value" Phase II (2019-2023)

"Phase II of 'People Respect and Value' (PRV), an intersectional initiative by MSF, was conducted from 2019 to 2023 to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) throughout its global workforce. Funded through MSF's Transformational Investment Capacity and endorsed by the Operational Centers (OCs) in Amsterdam and Geneva, alongside partner sections in Canada, South Africa, Sweden, the United States, and the United Kingdom, PRV adopted a grassroots-led (i.e., driven by local staff) approach. This strategy aimed at fostering local staff’s participation in setting DEI-related priorities in MSF offices around the world, eventually leading to the establishment and implementation of context-tailored action plans (Change Agendas) to strengthen DEI among the workforce of respective MSF entities. To test this approach, PRV was rolled out in MSF missions within eight countries across three continents. By the end of the project lifecycle, the overall implementation costs amounted to about 738 thousand EUR. 

The current evaluation examines PRV's potential in promoting DEI within MSF, using the PRV Framework’s grassroots approach as a benchmark for its potential wider application throughout MSF missions. The evaluation objectives included determining the Framework's capacity to promote DEI, pinpointing essential factors for its successful deployment, documenting the concrete outcomes from its pilot implementations, and generating insights to guide future DEI efforts within MSF. To this end, the evaluation used principles of Outcome Harvesting methodology using data across all project sites, as well as in-depth insights from the project implementation in two project locations: CAMINO and India

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Alex Lindley, Vandita Morarka, Liliane Loya, Stela Garaz
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