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PRESS RELEASE April 17, 2018

Innovative Researchers Fighting Gender-Based Violence Win More Than $1 Million

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2018—The World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) today awarded US$1.1 million to 11 research teams from around the world for innovations to prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV).

More than 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual partner violence or non-partner sexual violence.

Violence experienced by women and girls not only has devastating effects on survivors, but poses an obstacle to development and shared economic progress, as it impedes full participation in society and the economy and limits access to education and other opportunities.

The Development Marketplace Awards aim to help individuals, communities, and nations stamp out GBV. The Awards, first launched two years ago, honor GBV victims and survivors, and are held in memory of Hannah Graham, daughter of a longtime World Bank employee.

This year’s winners include a team evaluating a 'walking school bus' — a group of children walking to school with one or more adults — as a school-related GBV intervention in KwaZulu-Natal; a team looking at how monks and devotees can intervene to reduce GBV in communities in Cambodia; and a team working with young boys and girls in Papua New Guinea to train future leaders devoted to ending inequality and preventing GBV.

“No country is immune to gender-based violence,” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said. “Gender-based violence (GBV) is not only devastating for survivors; it causes significant social and economic costs that threaten our goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity around the world. Our Development Marketplace is in its third year of supporting innovative research on how to prevent GBV. I’m proud of this effort and honored to support this year’s winners.”

An expert panel reviewed more than 250 proposals submitted to the Bank Group and SVRI following an open call for innovations to prevent GBV in low- and middle-income countries. Winning teams, which receive up to US$100,000 each, were chosen based on overall merit, research or project design and methods, significance, team expertise, and ethical considerations.

Around the world, the research funded by this award will close gaps in evidence and help policy makers to design more effective ways of preventing and responding to gender-based violence,” said SVRI Research Manager Elizabeth Dartnall.

The SVRI Grant, a global innovation award started in 2014, previously awarded more than US$1 million to nine projects in seven countries. With more than 5,500 members, SVRI is one of the largest global research networks focused on violence against women. SVRI supports research by disseminating and sharing knowledge and nurturing collaboration and networking, and improves policy and practice by supporting and funding research and capacity development. It hosts an international forum every two years to advance and expand research on sexual and intimate partner violence.

2018 Winners




Enterprise Incubator Foundation

Geeks against GBV: Unlocking Potential of new change Makers and Leveraging ICT Solutions


Monash University

Culture for change: Prevention of gender based violence in Cambodia


Fundación Juan Felipe Gómez Escobar

Evaluation of the Impact of the Adolescent Mother Program of Fundación Juanfe in the Prevention of Gender-Based Violence


Internet Sexuality Information Services

ZonaSegura: A trauma-informed youth-centered innovative solution to teen dating violence prevention


Try Center for Training and Education

Follow up Primary Prevention Program of Intimate Partner Violence among New Married Couples in Jordan


Send a Cow

Examining the effectiveness of a gender transformative approach in economic empowerment programs to reduce Intimate Partner Violence


Equal Access International

Diffusion of Gender Norms Change at the Community Level in Nepal


Innovations for Poverty Action

Training Local Leaders to Prevent and Reduce Gender-Based Violence in their Communities: Impact Evaluation of Leaders in Action (LIA), Peru


Equal Playing Field

Adaptation and scale up of School Action Groups in schools in Bougainville and Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Fundación Plan International España

Assessing the long-term impacts of an empowerment training on gender based violence and household energy use in humanitarian settings in Rwanda


Human Sciences Research Council

Evaluating a walking school bus as a school-related gender-based violence intervention in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

South Africa

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