The Global Programme is implemented by a consortium led by the South African Medical Research Council, in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Social Development Direct.
The South African Medical Research Council is a globally recognised research institute. It is the lead agency for the consortium, responsible for managing the consortium and all aspects of the programme. The South African Medical Research Council brings to the programme 19 years of experience in developing innovative and large-scale research projects on violence against women. It also brings an extensive network of partners, working across the global south, on violence prevention.
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is an international leader in public health research. It is responsible for guiding research and work that focuses on the economics, cost-effectiveness and scale-up approaches for prevention programmes. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine brings to the consortium 18 years of experience in conducting multi-disciplinary research on violence against women, and assessing interventions designed to prevent it. It has been involved with research to assess the impact of public health interventions, and to estimate the costs and cost-effectiveness of different violence against women prevention programmes.
Social Development Direct is the UK’s leading niche provider of expert social development assistance and research services. Social Development Direct’s core expertise is in gender equality, citizen voice and accountability and conflict prevention and peace building. Social Development Direct has a large gender portfolio and works extensively on violence prevention and response. It holds a number of significant contracts in this field which includes the violence against women and girls helpdesk - a DFID-led global service that provides research and short-term technical assistance on the full range of violence issues, and a large-scale multi-city impact evaluation of a violence prevention programme in India.