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Learning Partnerships

We match specially-trained Prevention Mentors with partner organisations that are seeking to share, strengthen and expand their programming to prevent violence against women and children.

What does Accompaniment look like?

Our learning partnerships are long-term engagements of at least 12-18 months between the Prevention Collaborative and organisations engaged in VAW/VAC prevention programming. After matching, the Prevention Collaborative and the learning partner will explore the needs and agree on a plan for the partnership. Areas of focus could include (but are not limited to):

  • Understanding VAW in the broader context of gender and power;
  • Understanding the evidence-base on VAW prevention and how to apply it in programming in specific contexts;
  • Undertaking a situation analysis and/or formative research;
  • Designing a prevention programme/intervention for a specific context or group;
  • Adapting successful or promising interventions to a new context and/or population;
  • Increasing quality of community engagement, activism and ownership within VAW prevention programming;
  • Designing and implementing a monitoring, evaluation and learning strategy.
How does Accompaniment work?

1. The interested organisation shares an expression of interest with the Prevention Collaborative.
2. We engage in an initial dialogue to determine if there is a good match between the organisation and the Prevention Collaborative.
3. The organisation and Prevention Collaborative agree on broad objectives, duration and level of effort for the partnership. Sign Learning Partnership Agreement.
4. The Prevention Collaborative identifies potential Prevention Mentors whose skill sets and knowledge fit well with the Partner. The Learning partner reviews Mentor CVs and selects a Lead Mentor (potentially with other mentors in the team where different specialist skills are needed).
5. The Lead Mentor connects with the learning partner and begins to work together on the Technical Accompaniment Plan.  Typical learning partnerships include 1-2 site visits, telephone and email support.
6. Over the next 12-18 months, the Learning Partner and Mentor work together to achieve agreed upon objectives.

Who can be a Learning Partner?

Any organisation seeking to collaborate with like-minded organisations and individuals to develop or improve their violence against women prevention work is encouraged to join a learning partnership. We are particularly interested in Learning Partners who have:

  • Experience working on women’s rights, violence against women or related social justice causes.
  • Funding in place for the current or planned work on violence prevention;
  • Ownership, commitment and participation from the organisation’s leadership to ensure organisational uptake, programmatic changes and application of learning.
  • Willingness to commit to: doing VAW/C prevention work for more than one year; co-leading the process and engaging in continuous learning; and upholding the values and principles of the Prevention Collaborative, which include being feminist inspired and evidence driven, approaching work with humility, a dedication to intellectual rigour, and a commitment to combatting power inequalities.
Our Learning Partnerships with CREAW Kenya

CREAW and the Prevention Collaborative launched an 18 month Learning Partnership in July 2019. Through this partnership, CREAW would like to develop, document and disseminate a community-based model to prevent Intimate Partner Violence building on their strong record of responding to VAW and providing access to justice and services for survivors.

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Costs of a Learning Partnership

The costs for a learning partnership vary, depending on the nature of the work, as well as the size and situation of the partner. As a civil society network, we provide our services for a fee to those who can pay and raise outside funds to provide subsidised assistance to small NGOs and women’s groups.

How to Apply

The first step is to fill out our simple expression of interest form to tell us a little more about your organisation and your objectives for a learning partnership. We will then contact you to discuss in more detail.