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About What Works

The What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls Programme

The What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls Programme is a flagship programme from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), which is investing an unprecedented £25 million over five years to the prevention of violence against women and girls.

It supports primary prevention efforts across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, that seek to understand and address the underlying causes of violence, and to stop it from occurring.

What Works consists of three complementary components:

What Works: the Global Programme

The Global Programme is focused broadly on what works to prevent violence against women and girls. It will conduct research, evaluations of existing interventions, and support innovation in programming through a dedicated grants scheme.

The Medical Research Council of South Africa leads a consortium in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Social Development Direct.

What Works: Violence Against Women and Girls in Conflict and Humanitarian Crises

This component is focused on developing research and evidence to fill gaps in knowledge about what interventions work to prevent and respond to violence in fragile and conflict areas.

The International Rescue Committee leads a consortium in partnership with CARE International UK and the Global Women’s Institute at the George Washington University.

What Works: Economic and Social Costs of Violence Against Women and Girls

This third component is focused on the estimation of social and economic costs of violence against women and girls, developing the economic case for investing in prevention.

The National University of Ireland, Galway, leads a consortium in partnership with Ipsos MORI and International Center for Research on Women.

Our Board

The Advisory Board will provide independent quality assurance and advise on best-practice approaches to prevention work. The Board members, who come from a range of disciplinary areas, will connect projects to other work happening in the spheres of economic, public health, legal and community perspectives on preventing violence against women and girls around the world.

Members of the Independent Advisory Board include:

  • Dr. Claudia Garcia-Moreno, Lead Specialist on Gender-based Violence, World Health Organization (Chair);
  • Professor Yemane Berhane, Department of Community Health Faculty of Medicine, Addis Ababa University;
  • Riet Groenen, Chief of the Ending Violence Against Women section, UN Women;
  • Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet;
  • Sapana Pradhan Malla, Forum for Women, Law and Development and gender advisor to the Nepalese Government;
  • Mendy Marsh, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF;
  • Tina Musuya, Executive Director of the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention and Chair of the GBV Prevention Network;
  • Diana Jimena Arango, Senior Gender-Based Violence and Development Specialist, World Bank;

1. Based on UN Population figures 2012, that estimate there are 3.5 billion women in the world.