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Addressing violence against women and violence against children is a multifaceted and complex issue that requires collective effort and coordinated action. No individual or organisation can address this issue on their own. Networks and partnerships are important in bringing together diverse stakeholders and resources to achieve a comprehensive and effective response to this issue.

We recognise and deeply value the importance of networks and partnerships in addressing violence against women and violence against children. Everything we do as the SVRI, we do in partnership and through our work and events, we have witnessed how collaborations between researchers, practitioners, policymakers, donors, activists, and others can lead to significant progress in preventing and responding to violence.

Our collaborative approach

SVRI focuses on four strategic areas to build a stronger, connected and kinder field: building evidence and investing in research, strengthening capacity, promoting equitable multisectoral partnerships, and influencing change by advocating and engaging with donors and other decision makers.

Our partnerships include a wide-ranging and dynamic mix of collaborations and shared knowledge with:

  • Research and Academic Partners
  • International Networks and Coalitions
  • Women and Human Rights Organisations (including NGOs, INGOs)
  • Local and Community-Based Organisations
  • United Nations System and other Multilateral Agencies
  • Funders and Philanthropic Networks
  • Private Sector

Collaborative projects and initiatives

We engage in a wide range of collaborative initiatives that harness the expertise and resources of our partners. Some of our key initiatives include:

SVRI membership and Knowledge Hub
Our digital communications channels and Knowledge Hub bring together diverse communities to share evidence and tools, co-author Knowledge Exchanges and build relationships. We currently have a global network of over 9000 members. Join us here.

SVRI Forum
Our biennial Forum serves as a platform for knowledge exchange, networking, and capacity-building among partners, amplifying our collective impact in addressing VAW and VAC.

Research priority-setting
We collaborate with diverse stakeholders regionally and globally to identify research priorities and develop research agendas through participatory and consultative processes that ensure that multiple voices, representing multiple sectors are involved in and informing the process of creating research priorities for the field by the field.

SVRI Research Grant
Through our grant programme, we provide sub-grants to grantee partners, enabling them to implement evidence-based projects and initiatives that align with our mission.

Online courses
We collaborate with various partners to develop comprehensive and accessible online courses. This capacity-strengthening initiative is continually evolving with new courses in development.

Shifting and strengthening funding mechanisms
Our commitment to partnership extends beyond project-based collaborations. We also aim to influence the funding ecosystem towards increased and enhanced funding for VAW and VAC research in low- and middle-income countries. By working with funders and decision-makers, we encourage ethical investment in priority-driven research and knowledge building, which in turn informs policy and practice.

Creating a caring, trauma informed field through fostering deep connections

SVRI recognises the importance of building a caring field that addresses trauma experienced by all who work in this field. We integrate well-being and self-care into our events, partnerships, and organisational culture, and have created multiple knowledge products on this topic. We believe that supporting self and collective care is vital to the sustainability of our work and the field as a whole.

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