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Changing gender norms at scale: Results and evidence of what works from Voices for Change in Nigeria

Recently, there’s been an increasing interest in the role of social norms in shaping people’s aspirations and promoting – or limiting – equitable development.  We’re all aware of how we are influenced by our peers, that sometimes we do things so we are accepted by a group that’s important to us.  But just how we can build on this human need to belong to …

Can football tackle violence against women and girls?

Over the years, there has been steadily growing interest in the idea that sport can make a difference in development, beyond the obvious benefits to health and wellbeing. Worldwide, hundreds of organisations from the English Premier League to the United Nations are using the power of sport to build peace, reintegrate child soldiers, support survivors of disasters, …

Costing the impacts of violence against women: six potential pitfalls

I recently attended an expert meeting in Lebanon to support the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Economic and Social Commission of Western Asia (ESCWA) to map out strategies, methods and tips for costing the impacts of violence against women (VAW) in the Arab region (and by ‘costing’ I mean calculating an equivalent of financial resources spent in addressing …

The interactions between women’s economic empowerment and ending violence against women – Insights from the Pacific Women project

“I am just a woman, I am just a mother, I am just a wife…what can I do to seek justice?”  – anonymous woman in Papua New Guinea.

Itad recently undertook the year 3 evaluation of the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (‘Pacific Women’), a 10-year AU$ 320 million programme funded through Australian Aid, working in 14 member countries of the Pacific …

Shining a light on Violence against Women and Girls programming…the need for evaluation

In September 2017, Sam McPherson and I attended the launch of the European Union (EU) and United Nations (UN) new, global, multi-year initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls (VAWG) – the Spotlight Initiative – at the UN General Assembly.

As the impressive speakers, ranging from António Guterres, UN Secretary-General to Malala Yousafzai, spoke …

60 Seconds with…Itad’s Health Theme

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. In an exciting new format, we’re talking to the entire Health Theme about what they do…

Who makes up the health theme?

The Health Theme is made up of five people, bringing together a complementary mix of experience and skills covering cutting edge …

Aligning methods to inspire and monitor change

Saturday 6th February marked International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM, sparking much discussion amongst the international development community on how more work is desperately needed to combat this harmful practice, which UNICEF estimate has now directly affected over 200 million women and girls across the world.

Despite having been illegal for many years in a …

Gender Equality: what’s in it for men?

When we talk about gender equality, aren’t we talking about women’s participation and empowerment? So why work with men? Involving men and boys in programmes on gender equality is something that has been overlooked for many years, but there is increasing evidence that in order to address gender inequality effectively, men have to become part of the debate and …

Can football tackle violence against women and girls? Six findings from our baseline study in Kenya.

Itad is working with the British Council and the Premier League on an innovative project, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development, which aims to tackle violence against women and girls through football.

The three-year programme is working to change inequitable attitudes towards girls and women among communities in Western Kenya. It is doing …