In this article we’d like to showcase DFID’s What Works to Prevent Violence: A Global Programme in which SDDirect is a core partner. We are part of a consortium led by working with the South African Medical Research Council and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine that is supporting 10 innovation grants and seven research projects across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
- One of the innovation grants that we support with technical assistance is No More Violence: A gender transformative approach to building community resilience and responses to VAWG in Tajikistan. This project is supporting the establishment of family based micro enterprises, primarily for women, as an entry point to working with family members on a range of interventions. The intended result will be improved gender attitudes and changed behaviours amongst family members that can reduce VAWG, particularly for new brides and improve the ability of women and girls to make and act on their own decisions within families.
- SDDirect is also involved in conducting an impact evaluation of Indashvikirwa: Agents of Change for gender-based violence (GBV) Prevention implemented by CARE Rwanda and two Rwandan NGOs to build GBV prevention interventions around Village Savings and Loans Associations. This includes training for couples, opinion leaders and service providers and provision of women’s spaces for GBV survivors and women at risk. The impact evaluation includes a cluster randomised control trial (RCT) of the couples’ intervention with a strong focus on qualitative research.