SASA!'s voice carries around the world

Since the SASA! research study showed to be effective in Uganda, organizations from over 20 countries and 60 organizations have approached Raising Voices to adapt SASA! to their own communities. SASA! is being used in humanitarian contexts, rural and urban areas, by diverse types of organizations and groups.  

Organizations worldwide continue to express interest in SASA! in part because of its adaptability. Because SASA! is question-based, communities can grapple with their own answers to widely-applicable questions about power in relationships as they follow the SASA! process. Quality adaptation of SASA! provides an exciting opportunity to use a proven methodology in a locally appropriate way. 

At the same time, adaptation comes with some challenges. An adaptation by Trócaire in Myanmar is likely to be quite different from an adaptation by the Government of Honduras or UN Women in the South Pacific. Can the results found in the SASA! study in Uganda be expected in other contexts? What exactly is 'essential' to make SASA! effective? How can the Raising Voices technical advisors help guide adaptation so that it keeps the 'essentials' of SASA!, but feels relevant to organizations in distinct places with their own unique styles of work?

To explore more about what works in adapting SASA!, Raising Voices is partnering with the UN Trust Fund in a 3-year study to understand how SASA! is being adapted and implemented in various settings.  With research support from University of California, San Diego, the study focuses on analyzing strengths and challenges across three sites: Beyond Borders in Haiti, International Rescue Committee in Kenya, and Women’s Promotion Center in Tanzania. 

Based on this learning, Raising Voices will develop user-friendly tools to guide & strengthen future adaptation and implementation of SASA! Tools will include case studies of each organization's process of adaptation, a comparative case study, and program tools to help guide groups through the adaptation process. 

To understand new innovations that partners have included to adapt SASA! to their own contexts, read the new 'Creating Change' series about SASA! in Kibera (a densely populated urban area of Nairobi), SASA! supporting civil society strengthening in EthiopiaSASA! in rural communities in Tanzania, and SASA! being rolled out in wide geographical areas of Zambia.

[Source: Raising Voices Newsletter]