What Works to Prevent Violence Global Programme


The Director of The Equality Institute, Dr Emma Fulu, was engaged as a consultant by the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls Programme. This is a flagship programme from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), which is investing an unprecedented £25 million over five years to the prevention of violence against women and girls.

What Works supports primary prevention efforts across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, that seek to understand and address the underlying causes of violence, to stop it from occurring. DFID’s What Works programme has produced a series of global evidence reviews, to highlight what we need to be doing more of, and where there are gaps. Dr Emma Fulu led two of these reviews.

Paper 1

State of the field of research on violence against women and girls, based on a broad review of literature on violence against women, provides an overview of global trends and shows that there are several factors that consistently appear as powerful risk factors. The paper highlights that there is a considerable need for more research on violence against women, to fully understand the complexity of the issue in order to develop the most effective prevention programmes. Most importantly it calls for more work to deepen understanding of causality and how risk factors interact; more research on men’s perpetration; and more investigation of the macro-level factors, such as global economic and political processes affect the dynamics of VAWG.

Paper 2

Interventions to prevent violence against women and girls, provides detailed assessment of the evidence of the effectiveness of specific types of prevention interventions. It shows what strategies work and what ones don’t. This provides a road map for programmatic work, and to guide the investment of funds and resources. The paper calls for a greater investment, particularly in the evaluation of prevention programmes; greater consistency in research methods; and greater support for multi-component interventions. Find more information here.

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