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Evaluation of UNFPA Support to the Prevention, Response to and Elimination of Gender-based Violence, including Harmful Practices

The issue of violence against women and girls features strongly in the 2030 Development Agenda. We are committed to supporting the achievement of goals within this agenda by supporting agencies to map and understand their efforts to reduce gender-based violence at all levels of society.


Between 2016 and 2018, we supported UNFPA to review the results of all its interventions relating to GBV (gender-based violence) and harmful practices (including female genital mutilation, child marriage and son preference) during the period 2012–2017. 

This was a particularly important evaluation for UNFPA as it was the first time it assessed this broad thematic area in relation to the organisation’s wider focus.  

Our approach

In the evaluation, we used a theory-driven evaluation approach centred on contribution analysis in order to assess the extent to which the UNFPA interventions had contributed to the achievement of expected results. We conducted 14 case studies (four of which were in-country: India, Guatemala, Uganda, Palestineand two of which maintained a regional perspectiveTurkey and Thailand). As a result, we developed a series of pragmatic recommendations that were tailored for three different contexts: the corporate level, development programming, and humanitarian programming.  


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Image: Syrian and Lebanese girls work together to decorate a basket, as part of a psycho-social and gender-based violence support project in southern Lebanon ©  Credit: Russell Watkins/DFID(Department for International Development) (CC BY 2.0)

Team members
Abdulkareem Lawal