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Development Marketplace: Innovations to Address Gender-Based Violence

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 35% of women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. The costs of gender-based violence (GBV) are substantial. Violence against women and girls impedes their full participation in society, limits access to education and economic participation, and hinders efforts to achieve gender equality broadly. 

The World Bank Group and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) have partnered to address this global pandemic by launching the Development Marketplace to Address Gender-Based Violence. The Development Marketplace awards teams from around the world with funds to support evidence-based research, interventions, and other activities related to GBV prevention and response.

The awards, first launched five years ago, honor GBV victims and survivors, and are held in memory of Hannah Graham, daughter of longtime World Bank Group employee John Graham.  The winning teams receive up to US$100,000 each.  The partnership is proud to have disbursed $5 million (USD) in award funding.

Four Years of Partnering for Impact

Economic Empowerment to Address GBV

Educational Interventions to Address GBV 

Interventions to Reduce Intimate Partner Violence

Interventions to Reduce GBV in Humanitarian Settings

Shifting Cultural Norms to Address GBV

Technology and GBV

Working with Adolescents to Reduce GBV


Testing reintegration model "trust" for women and girls’ survivors of gender-based violence with their families and communities in Jordan
This study will use mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative methods) to evaluate a unique model of "reintegration" for survivors of violence in Jordan. The reintegration model includes case management, vocational training, psycho-social services, supporting a reduction in negative coping mechanisms, and private sector contribution.
Lead agency: Jordan Forum for Business and Professional Women; and Hakoura for Educational Programs
PI: Khalid Suliman


Sexual violence at the universities in Serbia: Raising awareness and developing innovative mechanisms of victim support
This project provides an interesting opportunity to address important questions related to sexual violence against students in universities. The project will review existing university policies and care pathways and develop tailored, innovative and evidence-based mechanisms for timely and sensitive response and support to sexual assault survivors at the universities. 
Lead agency: Viktimolosko drustvo Srbije/Victimology Society of Serbia
PI: Jasmina Nikolic


Impact on men's attitudes and behaviours of a multi-component, gender-informed, father-inclusive intervention for early child development in Vietnam
This project will evaluate the extent to which participation in a multicomponent, gender-informed, father-inclusive program to improve early childhood development is associated with men having more equitable attitudes towards infant care and household work, and lower rates of gender-based violence perpetrated by men against their wives during pregnancy and in the first two postpartum years.
Lead agency: Monash University
PI: Professor Jane Fisher


Estrategia comunitaria con un enfoque inclusivo para la prevención y atención de la violencia contra las mujeres
The goal of the project is to contribute to the prevention and care of violence against women in Bolivia through piloting, testing and adapting an inclusive intervention model based on Community Promoters in Bolivia.
Lead agency: Universidad Catolica Boliviana
PI: Fernanda Wanderley


Improving global violence prevention by optimizing the construction of outcome measures for impact evaluation of interventions
This study will explore the implications of different measurement, coding and analysis strategies for accurately estimating the impact of different interventions on violence onset prevention, frequency reduction, severity reduction, and cessation, while maximizing statistical power. The researchers will produce a set of “public goods”: resources that will strengthen the ability of the researchers to produce the most powerful and valid inferences possible in future impact evaluations.
Lead agency: Johns Hopkins University
PI: Lori Heise, Sangeeta Chatterji, Christopher Boyd


Mapa do Acolhimento
Mapa do Acolhimento is a platform that connects survivors of gender-based violence with an extensive network of vetted lawyers and therapists who are willing to provide them with free services. This study seeks to unpack the Mapa do Acolhimento program to better understand how it works and to undertake a proof of concept study to see if Mapa do Acolhimento is promising in making a difference to the lives of women survivors.
Lead agency: Nossas
PI: Enrica Duncan


A WhatsApp chatline offering 24-hour gender-based violence response and survivor support for female entertainment workers in Cambodia: a pilot study
This study will test the feasibility and effectiveness of a SMARTgirl Chatline that provides 24-hour emotional support via WhatsApp to female entertainment workers in Cambodia who are gender-based violence survivors.
Lead agency: KHANA Center for Population Health Research
PI: Siyan Yi


Alcohol, intimate partner violence and household economy: an assessment of liquor ban in Bihar
This research project will evaluate the impact of alcohol prohibition implemented in the state of Bihar, India, on intimate partner violence, household economy and wellbeing of women among the urban poor. It will also explore how drinking practices interact with local patriarchy and other socio-economic factors to influence the nature of violence against women.
Lead agency: Institute for Human Development
PI: Bhim Reddy


Zethembe is an exciting study aimed at using human-centred curriculum design processes to tailor HIV and intimate partner violence prevention interventions for the specific context and needs of young women in informal settlements in Durban, South Africa.  
Lead agency: Project Empower
PI: Laura Washington


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A media experiment to reduce intimate partner violence in Bangladesh
Research Team: Nina Buchmann, Paula López-Peña, Atonu Rabbani

Examining the effectiveness of MediCapt: Mobile collection of forensic evidence of sexual violence in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Research Team:  Hannah Chotiner-Gardner, Karen Naimer, Katy Johnson, Thomas McHale, Ranit Mishori, Suzanne Kidenda, Joyeux Mushekuru, Georges Kuzma

Upscaling evidence based health systems' response to violence against women and children in 11 public hospitals in Mumbai: Review of its implementation
Research Team: Sangeeta Rege, Sanjida Arora, Padma Bhate Deosthali

Engendering policing: Evaluating reforms to increase women’s access to security and justice
Research Team: Sandip Sukhtankar, Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner, Akshay Mangla

Harnessing the power of social networks to create positive change in norms and attitudes towards SGBV among youth in Jordan
Research Team: Ana Langer, SV Subramanian, Areej Othman, Eman Abu Sabbah, Iqbal Hamad, and Maysoon Dabo

Developing culturally appropriate responses to gender-based violence from help-seeking to safety planning and intervention: Adapting myPlan for Kyrgyzstan
Research Team: Jill Messing

Examining the potential of comprehensive sexuality education for intimate partner violence prevention among young people in Mexico City
Research Team: Shelly Makleff, Cicely Marston, Rosa Icela Zavala Suárez, Vanessa Ivon Silva Márquez, Florencia Barindelli

Promoting female empowerment and preventing violence through a multi-sectoral intervention targeting couples in Ibadan, Nigeria
Research Team: Ayodeji Adebayo and Neetu John

Family and community violence prevention and response study in Papua New Guinea
Research Team: Niamh Carty, Angeline Angwin & Charlotte Kakebeeke

Evaluating police intervention in intimate partner violence cases: An experimental impact assessment of the Home Visits Program in Peru
Research Team: Wilson Hernandez, Katrina Heimark

How to make actions taken by companies to prevent violence against women sustainable: An evaluation model to measure the economic impacts of prevention actions in companies
Research Team: Alberto Díaz Rosillo, Zaida Beatríz Asencios González, Inés Fanny Santi Huaranca Christin Schulze



Geeks Against GBV: Unlocking Potential of New Change Makers and Leveraging ICT Solutions
Research Team: Bagrat Yengibaryan, Julia Tumasyan

Culture for Change: Prevention of Gender-Based Violence
Research Team: Maurice Eisenbruch, Theary Chan, Willem van de Put, Sam Chou Chou, Phally Chhun

Evaluación de impacto del programa de madres adolescentes de la Fundación Juanfe para la prevención de violencia basada en genero
Research Team:  Arturo Harker, Bibiana Taboada, Harold Villalba

ZonaSegura: A Trauma-Informed Youth-Centered Innovative Solution to Teen Dating Violence Prevention
Blog #1: Talking Teen Dating Violence (TDV) in Tegucigalpa
Blog #2: Designing ZonaSegura: a mobile solution to combat teen dating violence in Honduras
Research Team: Bhupendra Sheoran, Jinna Rosales

Follow-Up Primary Prevention Program of Intimate Partner Violence Among Newly Married Couples
Research Team: Khalid Suliman, Majd Hammad

Examining the Effectiveness of a Gender Transformative Approach in Economic Empowerment Programs to Reduce Intimate Partner Violence
Blog: Can economic empowerment reduce Intimate Partner Violence?
Research Team: Peg Bavin Butler, Maureen Murphy, Mary Ellsberg, Manuel Contreras Urbina

Diffusion of Gender Norms Change at the Community Level

Empowering women and preventing partner violence in Nepal
Research Team: Binita Shrestha, Nirmal Prasad Rijal

Adaptation and Scale Up of School Action Groups
Research Team: Lauren Siegmann, Ceridwen Spark, Jacqui Joseph, Junior Muke

Training Local Leaders to Prevent and Reduce Gender-Based Violence in their Communities: Impact Evaluation of Leaders 
Research Team: Juan Manuel Hernández-Agramonte, Daniel Hurtado

Assessing the Long-Term Impacts of an Empowerment Training on Gender-Based Violence and Household Energy Use in Humanitarian Settings                                                                                                                         
Research Team: Anita Shankar, Naira Kalra, Lameck Habumugisha and Luis García La Moneda

Evaluating a Walking School Bus as a School-Related Gender-Based Violence Intervention
Research Team: Zaynab Essack


Gender Equity Model, Egypt – Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment and Fighting Gender-Based Violence
Blog: Working with the government and private sector to promote gender equity and prevent gender based violence (GBV) in Egypt
Research Team: Ramadan Mohammed, Laila El-Zeini, Sahar El-Sheneity

Piloting a customizable, user-designed information and communication technology-based approach to reduce intimate partner violence among refugees
Blog: Podcasts to prevent intimate partner violence: Leveraging social networks in Somali refugee camps in Ethiopia
Research Team: Vandana Sharma, Anne Bennett, Jennifer Scott, Negussie Deyessa 

Sexual Harassment Among Jordanian College Students: Pilot Testing a Promising Primary Prevention Intervention
Research Team: Aida Essaid, Cari Jo Clark, Rachael A Spencer, Abeer B. Dababneh, Sami Hourani

Combating sexual violence in Kyrgyzstan through innovative education and information technology:
Blog: Hackathons and mobile apps: Developing innovative responses to sexual violence in Kyrgyzstan
Research Team: Elena Kim, Mirgul Karimova, Frank Karioris

Mapping for policy
Blog: Using technology to improve women’s safety in Pakistan’s urban transit systems
Research Team: Yasemin Irvin-Erickson, Ammar Malik, Faisal Kamiran, Mangai Natarajan, Janine Zweig

Gender-based violence prevention in the Amazon of Peru (GAP) Project
Blog: Participatory action research: Making ethics work for violence prevention projects in small, rural communities
Blog: Violence against women prevention in rural areas: Challenges and lessons for the field
Research Team: Jenevieve Mannell, Geordan Shannon, Renzo Peña

RWANDA & Honduras
Building research capacity and data use for gender-based violence prevention and response in adolescents/ young adults
Blog: Data for policy: Building a culture of evidence-based policies to address violence against children (VAC)
Research Team: Daniela Ligiero

Building the evidence base for ‘Safe Families’ - a comprehensive community-led model for violence prevention in Solomon Islands
Research Team: Anna Trembath, Emma Fulu, Jane Fisher, Doris Puiahi, Kiri Dicker, Sarah McCook

Building the evidence base to understand and prevent campus sexual assault in Swaziland
Blog: Why Resistance?
Blog: Women’s resistance to sexual assault in the time of #MeToo: Why it is important for female university students in Swaziland
Research Team: Rebecca Fielding-Miller, Fortunate Shabalala, Anita Raj, Nonhlanhla Sukati, Sakhile Masuku, Charlene Senn

Development of Standard Measures to Support Gender-Based Cyber Violence Prevention
Blog: Disrupting the intersection of technology and gender-based violence
Research Team: Pamela Lilleston, Naome Wandera, Stella Mukasa



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The effects of transfers and behavior change communication on intimate partner violence: Evidence from rural Bangladesh
Blog: Can transfers and training reduce intimate partner violence?
Discussion Paper
Research Team: Shalini Roy, Melissa Hidrobo, Akhter Ahmed, John Hoddinott

Double vulnerabilities of violence and HIV among women in Brazil: A latent class analysis
Blog: Gender Based Violence and HIV Infection: Overlapping Epidemics in Brazil
Website iSTRIVE
Research Team: Jamila K. Stockman, Kiyomi Tsuyuki; Regina Maria Barbosa, and Daniela Knauth

Mental health and problem management support for men to reduce incidences of sexual and gender based violence in urban Kenya
Related Brief:
Reducing violence against women through psychological interventions targeting men
Blog: Supporting Men’s Mental Health to Reduce Gender-Based Violence in Kenya
Article: Community dialogue a way to end FGM
Research Team: Phiona Koyiet, Kevina Power, Mary Mugo, Catherine Omenda, William Marwanga, Margaret Njenga

Making sense of early marriage among Syrian refugee girls
Blog: Making Sense of Child Marriage in Lebanon
Research: Making sense of child, early and forced marriage among Syrian refugee girls: a mixed methods study in Lebanon
TedTalk: Why the World Marries
Research Team: Susan Bartels, Colleen Davison, Nour Bakhache, Annie Bunting, and Saja Michael

Preventing gender-based partner violence among youth with a new school based course “Harmonious Couple Relationships”
Comparative study
Summary Report

Blog: Adolescents, gender roles and intimate partner relationships in Moldova
Research Team: Daniela Misail-Nichitin, Valentina Olaru, and Diana Cheianu

Masculinidades Y Prevención De La Violencia Sexual
Research Team: Nancy Palomino, Miguel Angel Ramos Padilla, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredida

Trauma-informed, community-engaged violence prevention for FSWs in Thailand
Blog: Ending the invisible violence against Thai female sex workers
Blog: Gender-based violence, safety promotion and risk reduction for female sex workers in Thailand
Research Team: Michele Decker, Dusita Phuengsamran, Surang Janyam, Chamrong Phaengnongyang

Formative research to inform the development of an intervention to prevent intimate partner violence among Syrian refugees in Izmir, Turkey
Blog: Let their voices be heard: Qualitative research approaches among Syrian refugees in Greece
Research Team: Women and Health Alliance (WAHA) International, Relief Society for Syrian Refugees in Izmir, Harvard Medical School, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Article: Feasibility and acceptability of mobile phone platforms to deliver interventions to address gender-based violence among Syrian adolescent girls and young women in Izmir, Turkey
Research Team: Jennifer Scott

Designing a gender-transformative intervention to involve men and boys in the prevention of IPV against women and girls in rural Uganda
Blog: Engaging men and boys in the prevention of violence against women in Uganda
Blog: A gender-transformative approach to involving men in violence prevention in Uganda
Research Article 
Research Team: Jennifer A. Wagman, Fred K. Nalugoda, Paul Fleming, Gertrude Nakigozi, Neema Nakyanjo

In July 2019, the World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) opened a call for proposals for the Development Marketplace: Innovations to Address Gender-Based Violence aimed at addressing gender-based violence in low- and middle-income countries.  

An expert panel will select winners engaged in research, interventions, or other activities related to GBV prevention and response based on overall merit, research/project design and methods, significance, project manager/team, and ethical considerations.

All applications must be submitted via the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Awards online system, and must reach us by midnight (South African time) on September 13, 2019.


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Last Updated: Jul 09, 2019


Diana J. Arango
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