Case Study

Review of UK Department for International Development's Effects to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls

Client: Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) | Sectors: Social Policy

Ecorys was part of a consortium led by Agulhas Applied Knowledge to assess the Department for International Development’s (DFID) response to the UK Government's commitment to tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG).

We looked firstly at DFID’s efforts to assemble evidence of what works and invest in research and innovation to fill knowledge gaps. Second, we reviewed how well this emerging knowledge has been turned into a credible portfolio of programmes with the potential to make a real difference. Third, recognising that it will take more than UK Aid to address a problem of this scale and complexity, we looked at DFID’s efforts to promote greater engagement at the international level and at its collaboration with other UK government departments.

The review made recommendations to DFID and the methodology included a literature review, desk reviews of a sample of programmes, country case-studies, a strategic review and a review of DFID’s influencing. The review gave DFID a ‘green’ rating, highlighting strong achievement on both learning and international leadership, including positioning itself as a leading global investor in VAWG research, and organising the high-profile 2014 Girl Summit.

The final published review report is available here.

Key Experts

Jonathan France Technical Director