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).

Score: Green
  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 17 May 2016
  3. Type: Learning review
  4. Subject: Women and girls
  5. Assessment: Green
  6. Location: Ethiopia, India
  7. Lead commissioner: Tina Fahm


Addressing violence against women and girls has been included in the Sustainable Development Goals and is also an important precondition for achieving other development outcomes. The UK Government has made it a priority to address this, and, from 2012, the Department for International Development (DFID) significantly scaled up its VAWG programming including a greater emphasis on prevention and long-term multi-sectoral approaches.

The review explores 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 gave DFID’s performance a ‘green’ rating, recognising UK aid’s significant contribution to tackling violence against women and girls. A follow up report was completed in June 2017.



Published 16 October 2015

Evidence gathering



Published 17 May 2016

Government respose

Published 9 June 2016

Parliamentary scrutiny

IDC hearing 13 July 2016

ICAI follow-up

Published June 2017