SVRI and World Bank Innovations to Prevent Gender-Based Violence: Building Evidence for Effective Solutions

In 2016, the SVRI and World Bank Group partnered to create the SVRI and World Bank Group Development Marketplace which provides grants of up to US$1.2 million for innovations to prevent gender based violence in low and middle income countries. Grants are awarded to selected applicants for projects including research, interventions, or other activities related to gender-based violence prevention. View SVRI and World Bank Group Development Marketplace grant guidelines here

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SVRI and WBG Development Marketplace 2016 winners are:

The effects of transfers and behavior change communication on intimate partner violence: Evidence from rural Bangladesh: This project uses a randomized intervention – the Transfer Modality Research Initiative (TMRI), implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP) in rural Bangladesh targeting mothers of children aged 0-24 months from May 2012 to April 2014– to rigorously estimate the impacts of different transfer modalities on intimate partner violence and to explore potential pathways through which impacts occur. Poster available in PDF Format. Read a blog and a brief on this study. In 2017, the research team published a discussion paper, read it here. During the #16Days of Activism against gender based violence 2017, the IFPRI team wrote a blog on their work - read it here. Recently, the research team hosted a webinar on cash transfer programs and intimate partner violence. The webinar recording is available here.
Lead agency: International Food Policy Research Institute
Research Team: Shalini Roy, Melissa Hidrobo, Akhter Ahmed and John Hoddinott.

Preventing gender based partner violence among youth with a new school based course “Harmonious Couple Relationships”: The project aim is to fully develop, roll out, and properly measure a new school-based youth education course “Harmonious Couple Relationships” to prevent gender based partner violence among youth. The course will roll out in 21 schools (5% of functioning high schools in Moldova), providing for sufficient diversity of schools, participants, and teachers. The effects on student learning will be measured and recommendations developed to help improve course design, implementation and national scale-up. Final materials will be made available for use by all functional high schools in Moldova. Read a posterbrief, research report and a summary report on this study. The research team wrote a guest blog for the #16Days of Activism against gender violence 2017 on the importance of changing adolescent attitudes to intimate partner violence and gender stereotypes through academic and government partnerships in Moldova. 
Lead Agency: International Center for Women Rights Protection and Promotion “La Strada”
Research Team: Daniela Misail-Nichitin, Valentina Olaru and Diana Cheianu.

Mental health and problem management support for men to reduce incidences of sexual and gender based violence in urban Kenya: This project will build on research, by World Vision Kenya, on the effectiveness of WHOs Problem Management Plus (PM+) program for women affected by violence; and if an adaptation to a group format (GPM+) for men will yield positive impacts on reducing SIPV. In parallel to the feasibility study for GPM+ for men, the additive benefits of community messaging about GBV will be assessed. The project will also explore ways that PM+/GPM+ might be deliverable at scale through formation and support to CBOs to establish income generation initiatives and formalised partnerships with the Kenya Ministry of Health. Poster available in PDF Format. Read a blog and a brief on this study. World Vision participated in the #16Days of Activism against gender based violence 2017 blog series hosted by the SVRI, read their blog here. In 2018, the World Vision team published a paper on mental health, acohol use and intimate partner violence perpetration, read it here. Read a process evaluation report on this study, here.
Lead agency: World Vision Kenya.
Research TeamPhiona Koyiet, Kevina Power, Mary Mugo, Catherine Omenda, William Marwanga, Margaret Njenga and Alison Schafer.

Designing a gender-transformative intervention to involve men and boys in the prevention of IPV against women and girls in rural Uganda: This project is a collaboration between Rakai Health Sciences Program and University of California, San Diego. A mixed methods approach will be used to identify barriers to engaging men and boys in efforts to prevent intimate partner violence (IPV) against women and girls in Rakai, Uganda; assess norms surrounding gender and masculinity; and develop a framework for involving men and boys in a gender-transformative intervention to reduce male perpetrated IPV. Findings will increase our understanding of men’s participation in IPV prevention and masculinity norms; and result in a new model for IPV prevention for men and boys. Poster available in PDF Format. Read a blog on this study here. During the #16Days of Activism against gender based violence 2017, the team wrote a blog on their work - read it here. Read the team's 2018 research article here.
Lead Agency: Rakai Health Sciences Program, Uganda.
Research Team: Jennifer A. Wagman, Fred K. Nalugoda, Paul Fleming, Gertrude Nakigozi and Neema Nakyanjo.

Double vulnerabilities of violence and HIV among women in Brazil: A latent class analysis: This study conducts a secondary data analysis to classify typologies of violence experienced by women over their life course (i.e., type, timing, perpetrator) in South and Southeastern Brazil and identifies risk and protective factors for each IPV typology using a socio-ecological framework (e.g., individual, relationship, community, structural). Poster available in PDF Format. Read a blog on this study here.
Lead Agency: The Regents of the University of California, San Diego
Research TeamJamila K. Stockman, Kiyomi Tsuyuki, Regina Maria Barbosa and Daniela Knauth.

Trauma-informed, community-engaged violence prevention for FSWs in Thailand: The aim of the project is to adapt via communi­ty-engaged processes, implement and evaluate a promising strategy for violence prevention for female sex workers in Thailand, in collaboration with partnering NGO Service Workers IN Group (SWING), a national leader in advocacy and health promotion for sex workers. Poster available in PDF Format. Read a blog on this study here. The team participated in the #16Days of Activism against gender based violence 2017 through a blog on their work in building evidence for a marginalised population.
Lead Agency: Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Research TeamMichele Decker, Dusita Phuengsamran and Surang Janyam.

Masculinidades Y Prevención De La Violencia Sexual: This project aims to undertake for­mative research on male sexuality and the use of sexual violence among men in three cities in Peru and to inform the development and piloting of a training curriculum for male community activists. Poster available in PDF Format.
Lead Agency: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University) 
Research TeamNancy Palomino and Miguel Angel Ramos Padilla.

Making sense of early marriage among Syrian refugee girls: The research team for this study aim to reduce the rates of child marriage among Syrian refugees by using Cognitive Edge’s SenseMaker and a participatory approach to assist communities in the self-identification of acceptable, feasible and sustain­able interventions that will enact change from within. Poster available in PDF Format. Read a blog on this study here. Read the team's 2018 publication here and listen to Susan Bartel's podcast on "Why the World Marries".
Lead Agency: Queen's University at Kingston
Research Team: Susan Bartels, Colleen Davison, Nour Bakhache, Annie Bunting, and Saja Michael.

Formative research to inform the development of an intervention to prevent intimate partner violence among Syrian refugees in Izmir, Turkey: The project aims to Identify social, gender, and cultural norms under­lying IPV among Syrian refugees in Izmir, Turkey to inform a future IPV intervention and; to explore the feasibility and acceptability of various platforms for delivery of the intervention. Poster available in PDF Format. The team participated in the #16Days of Activism against gender based violence 2017 blog series hosted by the SVRI, read their blog here. Read a research article on this study here.
Lead Agency: Women and Health Alliance International
Research Team: Women and Health Alliance (WAHA) International, Relief Society for Syrian Refugees in Izmir, Harvard Medical School, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


The first five projects are supported by funding funnelled through the SVRI.

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SVRI and World Bank Group's first annual Development Marketplace awards for innovation to prevent gender-based violence: