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AP/Jorge Saenz

Global Scoping of Advocacy and Funding for the Prevention of VAWG

This report by the Equality Institute presents findings from a global scoping on funding and advocacy within the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) prevention field. The scoping, conducted between February and May 2018, involved: desk-based reviews of current advocacy campaigns and organisations, and donor funding patterns; and 24 semi-structured key informant interviews with stakeholders from the global VAWG prevention field.

This paper provides results of the global scoping, including:

  • An overview of funding patterns of VAWG prevention programming over the past five years, including current donors and the estimated size of their investments;
  • An overview of lessons learned, opportunities and gaps in the advocacy space on VAWG prevention;
  • Identified strategic advocacy opportunities and programming related to VAWG prevention, particularly for policy-makers and donors.

Key Findings


1. Investment in VAWG prevention is limited compared to other development issues. Investments over the past five years in the violence prevention field was estimated to be less than 0.002% of annual official development assistance.

2. Funding in the VAWG prevention field is often poor quality, short-term and sporadic, and does not support long-term change and sustainability of prevention initiatives. This has resulted in simplistic programming, over transformative, inter-generational commitment to change, and raises questions concerning efficiency, ethical spending or value-for-money.

3. The trends in aid industry have resulted in a withdrawal of funding women’s organisations.

4. Donors in the development space do not clearly delineate funding for VAWG prevention as a standalone work.


1. Advocacy and campaigning on VAWG prevention are relatively little, with a lack of clear, less focused, and overall simplistic messaging on VAWG, the root causes and what works to prevent it.

2. Advocacy and messaging of different parts of the VAWG prevention field (i.e. researchers and policy-makers, researchers and practitioners, international high-level advocates and grassroots activists) remain fragmented due to challenges, including language barriers, access to resources (funding, knowledge and tools, and evidence).

3. The VAWG prevention field is disconnected to adjacent fields, and are largely established by international development and public health agendas. There are considerable gaps for women and girls from particular marginalised groups, such as women with disabilities, with diverse gender identities and sexualities, and from migrant and refugee backgrounds, etc.

Date published
  • 2019
Published by The Equality Institute