4 lessons for adapting evidence-based programmes: An example from a social norm change project in Rwanda

Preventing intimate partner violence (IPV) won’t happen overnight. It requires a lengthy process of social change, and achieving that requires both time and funding investment.

In 2014, DFID funded an innovative gender-based violence prevention programme in Rwanda called ‘Indashyikirwa’ aimed at changing social norms that condone gender-based violence. Indashyikirwa is the result of thorough adaptation of key evidence-based prevention and response programmes. It is being delivered by a CARE led consortium made up of Rwanda Men’s Resource Centre (RWAMREC), Rwanda Women Network (RWN) and What Works to prevent violence against women and girls (WW).

The adaptation process which took one year generated valuable lessons. In the blog post, Sonia Martins highlights the four main learnings from Indashyikirwa adaption process so far, while emphasising the added value of working with a research partner.  Click the link below to access the blog post written by Sonia Martins of CARE International, UK.