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Call for Applications: World Bank Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Preventing Gender-Based Violence Innovation Grants in Developing Countries 2017

The World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) today announced a new open call for awards recognizing promising innovations aimed at preventing gender-based violence. 

Application Deadline: 6th October 2017

Eligible Countries: Low- and middle-income countries

About the Award: SVRI and the World Bank Group will disburse more than US$1 million to advance evidence-based interventions to prevent gender-based violence (GBV) in low- and middle-income countries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 35% of women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual partner violence or non-partner sexual violence, or roughly 938 million women.

The costs of gender-based violence are substantial. Violence against women and girls impedes their full participation in society, limits access to education and economic participation, and hinders efforts to achieve gender equality broadly. Selected country estimates suggest that in out-of-pocket expenditures, lost income, and reduced productivity, intimate partner violence alone can cost up to 4% of a country’s gross domestic product (GDP)—more than many governments spend on primary education.

In April 2017, the Bank Group and SVRI awarded 10 teams from around the world a total of US$1.14 million. The winners, chosen from more than 200 submissions by research institutions, NGOs, and aid and other organizations, were from Jordan, Egypt, Peru, Solomon Islands, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Swaziland, Uganda and Dollo Ado Refugee Camp in Ethiopia.

Type: Grants

Selection Criteria: An expert panel will select winners engaged in research, interventions, or other activities related to GBV prevention based on overall merit, research/project design and methods, significance, project manager/team, and ethical considerations.

Number of Awards: Not specified

How to Apply: Applications must be received here

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: World Bank Group, Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI)

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