Component 2 of the What Works programme is focused on building knowledge on VAWG in humanitarian emergencies. For this, it is critical for research to be operationally relevant from the outset, and for the programme’s teams to be engaged with policymakers, researchers, and practitioners at community, national, and international levels, and to meaningfully involve them throughout the project.
Stakeholder mapping carried out during the Inception Phase led to the establishment of in-country Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) in Kenya and South Sudan. The TAGs will provide technical input on research questions, on ethical and safety measures, and dissemination and uptake strategies.
The TAGs will also develop plans to engage and strengthen other stakeholder’s interest and investment in the research projects and will plan for on-going consultation with people in a range of different institutions and organisations throughout the project.
In addition, the What Works project will provide opportunities for the TAG members to build their knowledge and skills around research communication such as understanding, interpreting, and using the research findings strategically and effectively to increase effective VAWG programming and policies at the local, regional, and national levels.
Membership of the TAGs is varied and comprises representatives of UN agencies, humanitarian organisations, government ministries, research institutions, I/NGOs, women’s and civil rights organisations, and others.
In South Sudan, current advisors come from the South Sudanese Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare; the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS); Juba Teaching Hospital; UNICEF; United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS); United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); the South Sudan Women Empowerment Network (SSWEN); women’s development organisation EVE; and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). The Kenya TAG members come from LVCT Health; Population Council; UNHCR; UNICEF; and again DFID.
As Component 2 begins implementing its research, the continued support, advice, and engagement of the TAG members will be invaluable in ensuring the research responds to current needs in the humanitarian community, and that the findings will be applicable and adaptable to a range of audiences.