Cross-Cutting Approaches

In line with the Strategy 2016-2020, Tdh commits to deliver through its interventions on the cross-cutting issues of Gender & Diversity Equality, Participation, Partnership, Do-No-Harm, and LRRD. Through these cross-cutting issues, Tdh wants to promote a Human-Rights Based Approach to programming, and an overall advancement of quality and accountability by ensuring meaningful access to Tdh services for all in safety and dignity.

*** Core Humanitarian Standard ***

In its Strategy 2016-2020, Tdh commits to strengthening its Quality & Accountability approach using the Core Humanitarian Standard as a reference. All of these cross-cutting issues, as well as the broader actions of the Tdh Quality & Accountability Unit, are designed from the start to align with the Core Humanitarian Standard.

By clicking on the links below, you can access all resources available internally, as well as a selection of external documents relevant to the topic.

If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact the Cross-Cutting Operational Policy Advisor -

  • Gender & Diversity

  • Partnerships

  • Participation

  • Do No Harm

  • LRRD


Gender & Diversity: Tdh strives to adopt a proactive approach that aims to overcome existing biases, discrimination, prejudices and inequalities in a given context by taking into account the different needs, abilities, and interests of our target populations. This requires understanding norms and attitudes associated with specific genders and diversities, and how these affect power relations and consequently access to resources and opportunities.

Tdh Resources:

  • Tdh Gender Guidelines (2003) - A series of considerations to ensure gender is considered at each stage of the project cycle. (EN) (FR) (ES)

  • Gender & Diversity Policy (2019) - Tdh's commitments towards Gender & Diversity Equality. Includes both organizational and operational commitments *** Will be published in February 2019. Please contact for a draft version ***

External Resources:

  • Gender

IASC Policy (and Accountability Framework) on Gender Equality and the  Empowerment of Women and Girls in Humanitarian Action (2017)

IASC Gender with Age Marker (2018)

IASC Gender-Based Violence Guidelines (2015)

IRC Basic Gender Analysis Toolkit

CARE Rapid Gender Analysis Toolkit

  • Disability

Humanitarian Inclusion Standards (2018)

Women's Refugee Commission - Disability Inclusion Resources

Washington Group Short Set Questions

Washington Group Short Set Questions - Child Functioning Set


ORAM - Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGIE) Toolkit

ORAM - SOGIE Definitions & Additional Resources

Equaldex: Collaborative LGBT Rights Knowledge Platform containing country-specific information

  • General

IFRC Vulnerability Capacity Assessment Tools

IFRC Gender and Diversity Organizational Assessment Toolkit


Do No Harm: All interventions should avoid causing harm as a result of its actions or inactions. Harm includes physical or psychological harm to individuals or groups, as well as harm to the environment (economic, social, political, climate, etc.) that might otherwise affect individuals or groups. Do No Harm requires continuous monitoring and analysis to track potential risks arising in an area of intervention.

Tdh Resources:

  • Tdh Child Safeguarding Policy (EN, FR, SP)

  • Tdh Protection from Sexual Exploitation & Abuse Policy (EN, FR, SP)

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Partnerships: The term "partnership" is used colloquially to denominate several types of relationships. These can include relationships with academic institutions, engagement in various inter-agency forums, as well as operational relationships with peer organizations, local partners, or government authorities. In 2019, Tdh will focus its efforts on clarifying these types of relationships, their strategic underpinnings, and the goals Tdh wants to achieve by establishing partnerships. Initially, the focus will be on operational relationships. These efforts will be reflected in a Tdh Policy on Partnerships (Q4 2019/Q1 2020) and will be supported through the gradual development of an accompanying toolkit.

Tdh Resources:

  • Tdh Organisational Capacity Assessment Tool

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Participation: Participation is both an objective in itself (as a right) and an approach that needs to be applied throughout every stage of the program and project cycles. Participation can take many forms, from passive transfer of knowledge to individuals and groups to enabling communities to control decision making and take ownership of their own recovery and development. Participation in contributes to more relevant interventions, greater empowerment of communities, and is essential to bringing about greater resilience in Tdh areas of intervention.

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Linking Relief, Rehabilitation, and Development: Tdh is an organization driven by a sustainable development goal and combines humanitarian interventions and long-term development efforts, sometimes in the same country. It is therefore particularly important that emergency interventions support or at least do not impede long-term development projects and vice versa. Consequently, to ensure the quality of its programming, Tdh has established a rule that all emergency and humanitarian interventions must focus on the linking relief, rehabilitation and development contiguum (LRRD).

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