Aligned with SDC's strategic fair partnership principles and localization approaches, Switzerland aims to address existing gaps in fostering a locally-led humanitarian response and increase the outreach of protection services to a bigger number of those in need, while enhancing the quality of protection assistance provided to the most vulnerable children in Ukraine. 

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Forced displacement (refugees, IDP, human trafficking)
15.09.2023 - 14.09.2024
CHF  430’000
Background Despite 17 months have passed since the Russian aggression against Ukraine began, the humanitarian needs have remained very high. Millions of Ukrainians have been affected by this conflict, with many of them losing their homes, jobs, and access to basic necessities such as food, water, healthcare, education, and safe living conditions. Local Ukrainian NGOs have shown remarkable efficiency in providing humanitarian aid, particularly in hard-to-reach areas. However, these organizations face several obstacles, which this projet tries to address. The 2023 Humanitarian Needs Overview identifies Mental Health and Psychoslocial Support (MHPSS) both to beneficiaries as well as to humanitarian service providers as a cross-sectoral concern: in analyses across Health, Education, general protection and Child-Protection clusters and sub-clusters, the MHPSS has been identifies as a main protection gap.
Objectives Enhance the resilience of locally led protection capacities.
Target groups 1. Local and national non-governmental organizations in the protection sector 2. Professionals engaged in the MHPSS assistance sector (social workers, teachers) 3.Conflict-affected children and their parents
Medium-term outcomes

Outcome 1 - Capacity building: Enhanced project and organizational management capacities of local and national protection NGOs, which leads to their increased ability to get support from the international aid system

Outcome 2 – Protection services provision: Increased mental health resilience and well-being localy led protection actors, as well as boys and girls and their parents directly affected by the armed conflict


Expected results:  

Capacity building: 1. Support, including mentoring, Ukrainian organizations with policy development 2. Trainings in project management (grant writing, project planning, budgeting, MEAL) 3. Training in game techniques, PSEAH and burnout prevention 4. Financial audit grants 5. Supervision sessions for project psychologists.

Protection services provision: 6. Individual and group support sessions for children; 7. Individual and group support sessions for parents and teachers 8. Awareness raising about tools and mechanisms for PSEAH 9. Project implementation grants for protection services providers. 

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Project partners Contract partner
Private sector
  • Foreign private sector North

Coordination with other projects and actors Protection Cluster, local authorities and communities, Ukraine Humanitarian Fund (UHF), International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO), Advisory Steering Committee for ACAPS in Ukraine. SDC project partners: East Europe Foundation, People in Need, Nonviolent Peaceforce in the area of localization, MH4U project in the area of MHPSS provision. 
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    430’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    345’000 Total project since first phase Swiss budget CHF   0 Budget inclusive project partner CHF   430’000