18 ground breaking projects and research programmes to help prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG) across 16 countries have been awarded grants ranging between £450,000 to £1 million to implement and test cutting-edge approaches to stopping violence before it starts with funding from the UK Department for International Development.

The Global Programme, through its Innovation Grant scheme, will support ten projects across Africa, Asia and the Middle East and will additionally evaluate a further eight interventions. On December 10, 2014, at the launch of the grants scheme, at DFID Headquarters in the UK, the International Development Minister, Baroness Northover said:

“Violence against women and girls is a global epidemic. Though some societies have made more progress than others, we must all work together to end it. These are really exciting projects and thanks to the boost from UK funding they will help improve the lives of women and girls in some of the poorest countries.”

Baroness Northover Dec 10

Some projects, such as One Man Can, run in South Africa by Sonke Gender Justice, will work with men and boys to challenge attitudes that position women as lesser than men, and encourage participants to adopt ways of being men that value equality and non-violence. Another, run by Help the Afghan Children in Afghanistan, will work to mitigate the effects of generations of war, by providing young people with peace building education.

Some projects will address the economic factors that can lead to women being vulnerable to violence. In Tajikistan, the No More Violence project will provide women with new business and economic opportunities, while instigating wider conversations with political and community leadersAnd, in Bangladesh, the HERrespect project will work at every level of the supply chain, from factory floor to international retailers, to reduce sexual harassment and intimate partner violence experienced by garment workers, and build a solid business case for the inclusion of work practices that support gender equality.

In addition to the Innovation Projects, the Global Programme is also supporting existing projects by conducting research to evaluate their success, through an Impact Evaluation and Operational Research fund. Projects that have shown some level of success, such as South Africa’s Stepping Stones and Creating Futures, Samvedana Plus, which works with sex workers in India, and Right to Play, a sports-based programme in Pakistan, will have their interventions evaluated by What Works Researchers.

For information on all the projects supported through the What Works Global Programme go to


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