Development Marketplace 2018: Examining the effectiveness of a gender transformative approach in economic empowerment programs to reduce intimate partner violence

Project Summary

Despite an increasing evidence base, the exact impact of economic empowerment programs on violence—and particularly on intimate partner violence (IPV)—is still unknown. While a number of studies have found associations between the economic empowerment of women and girls and rates of IPV, it is still unclear if these interventions increase or decrease a woman’s risk of experiencing violence. In order to further examine and build the evidence base around these issues, Send a Cow (SAC), and its research partner, the Global Women’s Institute (GWI), propose a two-year research study to examine the effectiveness of SAC’s economic interventions on reducing rates of IPV in target communities in Western Kenya. The proposed research study aims to fill a gap in the evidence around whether economic empowerment combined with training in gender relations is a promising mechanism for reducing intimate partner violence.

The study will incorporate 3 strands:

  1. Collect qualitative data to examine the effectiveness of SAC’s traditional, gender approach using the THM tool and identify lessons learned and best practices.
  2. Develop data collection tools for use by SAC’s economic empowerment program teams to collect data on VAWG through their M&E systems and collect baseline data.
  3. Conduct capacity building trainings for SAC staff to improve program delivery and data collection mechanisms for VAWG.

Country: Kenya

Lead agency: Send A Cow

PI: Peg Bavin

Blog:
Can economic empowerment reduce Intimate Partner Violence?

Poster:
Examining the effectiveness of a gender transformative approach in economic empowerment programs to reduce intimate partner violence