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The What Works Impact Evaluation Fund

Under the What Works Impact Evaluation Fund the What Works consortium will conduct rigorous research and evaluations of eight projects in countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, that are already running and that have shown promising results. The fund will be 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 will enable 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.

Pakistan, Hyderabad District, Sindh Province | Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls through Sport and Play

Since 2002, Right to Play has worked with hundreds of thousands of children and young people in Pakistan, to shift the social norms that perpetuate and condone violence. Through its schools-based Sport and Play programme, teachers are provided with curricula and trained to challenge the acceptability of VAWG.


Ghana | Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre

The COMBAT model developed over a decade ago by the Gender Centre as part of a rural response to VAWG has been implemented in over 20 communities in different regions of Ghana. Community Based Action Teams (COMBAT), with equal representation of men and women, will be selected and trained on types, causes and impact of VAW, family laws, conflict resolution, advocacy and counselling.

Rwanda | CARE International

This programme led by CARE International will implement a package of prevention interventions which aim to change attitudes, behaviours and social norms around gender inequality and GBV in communities across seven districts in Rwanda. The What Works Global Programme will conduct an impact evaluation to collect evidence on the effectiveness of these interventions on addressing risk factors for GBV as well as the prevalence of GBV; and operations research which will provide insights into how interventions are working and how the project can be implemented in successful ways that provide value for money.

South Africa | Project Empower

Stepping Stones and Creating Futures aims to reduce rates of intimate partner violence in urban areas in South Africa. The programme runs peer-to-peer training sessions with 18-24 year olds. In these sessions participants develop livelihoods strategies and are involved in discussions, role plays, dramas and games that encourage participants to reflect on social norms around gender and the use of violence.

India | Karnataka Health Promotion Trust

Samdevena Plus is a multi-level intervention that aims to reduce vulnerability to HIV amongst female sex workers in Karnataka State, India, by reducing partner violence and increasing consistent condom use within their intimate relationships. The Global Programme, in partnership with the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust and STRIVE will evaluate the programme using a Cluster-Randomised Control Trial.

Women for Women International Trial

South African Medical Research Council | Intervention – Women for Women International