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WHAT IS THE HUMANITARIAN NEED?

Humanitarian practice guidelines recommend the integration of gender and protection programming at each phase of a humanitarian crisis. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is one of the most common forms of gender-based violence; however, most guidelines focus on the prevention of violence in the emergency phase and the protection of women from non-partner sexual violence.

There are fewer guidelines on how to prevent IPV among displaced populations during the stabilisation phase of a crisis and on how to adapt IPV interventions from non-humanitarian settings to humanitarian settings. There are limited data on IPV and a lack of evidence on effective IPV interventions in humanitarian settings; thus, there is a need for innovation in this area of humanitarian response.

What is the innovative solution?

The project will develop and test a novel intervention to reduce IPV in displaced Muslim communities in sub-Saharan Africa. The intervention will target women, men and married couples in a Somali refugee population in Ethiopia and will use community practices, cultural ceremonies or traditions as a platform for intervention delivery. The proposed project attempts to also understand and assess the protective cultural traditions that prevent and reduce IPV within families and communities rather than only emphasising the ‘harmful’ traditions addressed in current research and programming.

This will also allow exploration of how cultural norms related to IPV and how cultural practices and ceremonies shift as a result of displacement. This project will develop a framework that can be used as a tool for program planning and design by other humanitarian actors in other settings to integrate cultural factors into the design of public health and IPV interventions.

What are the expected outcomes?

This innovation will build the evidence base on gender, social, cultural, and religious norms that contribute to IPV in displaced populations and also inform how cultural and community practices in refugee settings may serve as platforms for IPV intervention delivery. This evidence will be used to inform IPV intervention design and implementation in refugee settings.

Curricula for three IPV prevention interventions – for women, men and couples – will be developed, piloted and refined. It is expected that the intervention will lead to long term impacts in attitudes and behaviours related to gender, social, cultural and religious norms that contribute to IPV, which will lead to decreased incidence of IPV in the intervention site.

The learning and evidence from this intervention may be used to address IPV in other humanitarian contexts.

What materials or research outputs are likely to be produced?’

  1. qualitative data on gender, social, cultural, and religious norms that contribute to IPV and on community practices in Dollo Ado camps that may serve as platforms for IPV intervention delivery;
  2. an IPV intervention logic model and curricula for three IPV interventions targeted for a Muslim and Somali context (women, men, and couples);
  3. baseline and endline data from the pilot study on feasibility, acceptability, and attendance and knowledge and attitudes related to IPV and gender and social norms;
  4. a framework outlining the selection of community and cultural practices for IPV intervention delivery, guidelines on the process of adapting an intervention from the non-humanitarian settings, and oral and written dissemination.

Latest Updates

Piloting of the Intervention

05 Dec 2018

While there is a growing body of literature on intervention data, there is less attention on the process of piloting. This blog describes several key activities undertaken to ensure a successful pilot.

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2018Dec

A plant as a potential source for family conflict

05 Jun 2017

People usually chew this plant to get psycho-stimulation effect in the form of euphoria and excitement resulting from the cathinone contents.

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2017Jun

Being Gender Equitable in an Inequitable Community

21 Feb 2017

“After all this, four of my friends are now fetching water with me for over a year. It is hard to convince men, it is even harder to convince women in our community.”

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Feb

Qualitative Data Collection to Inform Intervention Development

20 Feb 2017

With their baseline data collection done and the final stage of their project on intimate partner violence in sight WAHA share the adaptation process of their intervention.

Qualitative data collection using innovative participatory methods

20 Oct 2016

In this blog the team discuss participatory research methods to provide some insight on to how this method differs from most other approaches to public health research.

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2016Oct

Conducting field work in Dollo Ado

11 Jul 2016

Dollo Ado is a city within the Somali Regional government of Ethiopia housing more than 210,000 refugees originating from Somalia who are displaced due to conflict, famine and other issues.

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Jul

Celebrating International Womens Day

30 Mar 2016

What would it take to make our world a better place for all? What individual and collective actions could alleviate suffering of women and also advance women’s rights throughout the world?

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Mar

Introducing the dynamic team of experts

11 Mar 2016

As the project kicks off, this first blog is devoted to introducing organizations and individuals involved in the project.

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