The field of violence prevention is still new and is growing. The What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls Global Programme is advancing the field through two major funds that were established to support innovative new approaches in primary prevention, and to build the evidence of what works to stop violence from existing programmes.
Through these two areas of work, the Global Programme supports 18 projects across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
The What Works Innovation Fund supports 9 ground-breaking projects in countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East that are designing and implementing exciting new interventions to prevent violence against women and girls. These projects have been provided with grants of between £300 000 and £1 million over a period of three years. This investment is going towards the development and implementation of the projects, which includes formative research, monitoring and evaluation. In addition to funding, The Global Programme supports capacity development in the areas of programme design and implementation, research and communications, as well as building a community of practice to promote learning and knowledge sharing across countries, organisations and interventions.
Under the What Works Operations Research and Impact Evaluation Fund the What Works consortium is conducting rigorous research and evaluations of eight projects in countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, which are showing promising results. The fund is being used to conduct a number of randomized control trials as well as research to capture valuable information about how to scale up interventions, cost-benefits and operational lessons from these projects. This enables the fund to develop a body of knowledge that can guide other programmes worldwide in their efforts to develop prevention programmes that are successful and cost-effective.