• Effective design and implementation elements in interventions to prevent violence against women and girls

    Over the last two decades, the global community has come to recognise the profound impact of violence on the lives of women and girls. This fundamentally undermines their health and well-being, and stands as a

  • A rigorous global evidence review of interventions to prevent violence against women and girls

    Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is preventable. Over the last two decades, VAWG prevention practitioners and researchers have been developing and testing interventions to stop violence from occurring, in addition to mitigating its consequences.

  • What works to prevent violence against women and girls in conflict and humanitarian crisis

    Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is an important human rights concern and a pervasive issue affecting women and girls during times of conflict and humanitarian crisis.
  • ECONOMIC & SOCIAL COSTS OF VAWG

    This evidence brief presents key findings about the impact of VAWG on national economies and society in Ghana, South Sudan and Pakistan. It demonstrates that VAWG causes a drag on economic activity at the level

  • New learnings on drivers of men’s perpetration, and women’s experiences, of physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence and the implications for prevention interventions

    A critical task of the past 25 years of research on violence against women and girls (VAWG) has been to develop an understanding of the drivers of men’s perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV) – physical

  • No safe place: A lifetime of violence for conflict-affected women and girls in South Sudan - Summary Report 2017

    Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a serious human rights violation and a significant global health and security issue. Studies suggest that the rates, perpetrators and types of VAWG fluctuate during conflict; and there
  • What Works to Prevent VAWG: Research and Innovation Programme - Final Performance Evaluation

    In 2013, the UK Government’s investment of £25,420,000 in the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls: Research and Innovation Fund (WW-VAWG), solidified HMG’s commitment to prevention of, and bringing an end to, Violence Against

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We can prevent VAWG

Welcome to the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls Global Programme online resource. This details findings and lessons from rigorous evaluations across 15 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East on what works (and doesn’t) to prevent violence, the results of which show that violence against women and girls is preventable. Find out about the economic and social costs of violence, and what are the specific elements for violence prevention in conflict and humanitarian settings . The successor programme, What Works – Impact at Scale, will scale up effective interventions, test new innovations, and use the evidence to influence a more effective global response to VAWG prevention.


  • VAWG Prevention Curricula

    Since 2015 the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls Programme has developed, adapted, and implemented 15 evidence-based VAWG prevention interventions across the Global Programme projects in Africa and Asia.

    A significant part of the What Works mandate was to ensure these 15 interventions were evidence-based and implemented effectively. To this end DFID and What Works invested resources to support the development and/or adaptation of many of the interventions. All were implemented alongside rigorous evaluation research to test effectiveness.

    To support effective implementation, the What Works programme assisted projects to
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