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Stepping Stones and Creating Futures

Project Title

Stepping Stones and Creating Futures

The Organisation

Project Empower and the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) of the University of KwaZulu-Natal

Geographic Location

Informal settlements across the eThekwini (greater Durban) area, South Africa.

Summary of Intervention / Research

Stepping Stones and Creating Futures aims to decrease the rate of intimate partner violence in urban informal settlements in South Africa. Three hour sessions are held twice a week over a two and a half month period with participants aged 18 – 24 years. The sessions are peer-led, interactive and participatory, and participants reflect on gender norms, conflict in relationships and developing livelihoods strategies.

Promising results from a formative pilot with 232 young people in 2012, which reported that after one year participants had higher earnings, more gender equitable attitudes and women reported less experience of intimate partner violence, have led to this randomised control trial (RCT) to be conducted by HEARD, enrolling 1,360 participants.

Alongside a quantitative evaluation the RCT includes an integrated cost effectiveness analysis of the intervention and a qualitative process evaluation to explore processes of change and barriers to change.

Major Timeframes

October - December 2015 - Baseline (control arm), completed

February - March 2016 and August to September 2016 - Baseline (intervention arm), completed

March 2016 to March 2017 – Intervention, completed

January 2017 – September 2017 - Midline (12 months), ongoing

January 2018 – September 2018 - Endline (24 months)

October 2018 - Final research report

Key contacts

Laura Washington, Director, Project Empower

Email: laura@projectempower.org.za

Website: https://www.facebook.com/projectempowerdurban/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel


Dr. Andrew Gibbs, Principal Investigator, SAMRC/HEARD

Email: Gibbs@ukzn.ac.za

Website: www.heard.org.za



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