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Ethiopia’s Project On Sexual Harassment Secures World Bank Funding


The World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) awarded funding to the Addis Ababa University School of Public Health and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The funding aims to create an innovative podcast to try and stem intimate partner violence (IPV) in refugee camps.

The winning team will pilot the podcast in the Dollo Ado refugee camp to try to reduce IPV. A growing body of literature suggests that IPV is the most common form of violence in humanitarian settings, even as it often goes unreported in these settings. Furthermore, there is limited evidence on effective prevention interventions for the humanitarian context.

The winning idea aims to generate new evidence on IPV and approaches to prevent IPV in humanitarian crises. Specifically, the project will generate new knowledge on risk factors for IPV in Dollo Ado refugee camps in Ethiopia, as well as how social networks and information sharing channels are organized. The podcast has enormous potential because of its reach to substantial numbers of people in an unobtrusive manner.

A multi-disciplinary team consisting of ICT intervention specialists, operational and humanitarian, GBV research, and anthropologic experts will conduct the project over a 24-month period. The proposed project is a stand-alone research project that will complement ongoing IPV research in Dollo Ado, Ethiopia.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. Beyond the devastating personal costs, gender-based violence inflicts a steep economic toll: estimates of resulting lost productivity run as high as 3.7 percent in some economies.

The Development Marketplace Awards aim to help individuals, communities, and nations stamp out GBV. The idea for the awards, which first launched one year ago, honors GBV victims and survivors around the world, and is in memory of Hannah Graham, daughter of a longtime World Bank employee.