DFID’s Efforts to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls
UK aid has made a significant contribution to tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG) in developing countries.
In this review, we explored how well DFID has translated ambitious policy commitments into effective programmes with the potential to make a real difference. We also examined DFID’s efforts to encourage others – both nationally and internationally – to tackle VAWG.
The review gives DFID’s current performance a ‘green’ rating, recognising UK aid’s significant contribution to tackling violence against women and girls. It finds that DFID has demonstrated strong global policy leadership, through initiatives such as the 2014 Girl Summit, and has made a significant contribution to knowledge and evidence on preventing abuse, including on global challenges such as child marriage and FGM.
The report also raises concerns that DFID’s programming, although high quality and innovative, is small compared to the scale of the challenge. While this is a promising start, DFID will need to scale up its work and integrate VAWG into other programming areas if it is to achieve transformative impact.
DFID has rapidly expanded its VAWG programming over the past five years. It now has 23 programmes dedicated to addressing VAWG with a total budget of £184 million, and more than 100 other programmes addressing VAWG.
This learning review examines a relatively new area of the aid programme where the evidence on what works is limited. It focuses on how DFID goes about building knowledge, testing new approaches and moving towards programming at scale.