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ACCOMPANIMENT
WE MATCH TRAINED MENTORS WITH PARTNERS TO STRENGTHEN PREVENTION PROGRAMMING.

Over 18-month learning journeys with our learning partners, accompaniment strengthens capacity and explores global and local evidence contributing to programmes that work.

OVERVIEW

Organisations and individuals need more than one-off trainings or generic programme models if they want to expand and invigorate efforts to prevent violence against women and their children. Our approach is to match specially trained prevention mentors with learning partners to shape and share a journey of mutual learning over time, infused with the resources and expertise of the Collaborative’s team and networks and tailored to the immediate context.

These partnerships offer:

  • DEEP LEARNING, DIALOGUE, COLLABORATION, AND REFLECTION, both in person and virtual
  • TAILORED WORKSHOPS, MENTORING, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES co-designed by the partner and selected prevention mentor
  • ENGAGEMENT with the Collaborative’s community of global experts on violence against women and their children
  • PARTICIPATION IN THE WEBINARS AND ONLINE COURSES IN OUR LEARNING LAB
  • GUIDED ACCESS to the most relevant resources in our Knowledge Hub
MENTORS

Our prevention mentors come from over 20 countries. They have skills and experience across a broad cross-section of areas, including programme design, the latest evidence, facilitation, monitoring and evaluation. They participate in a seven-day workshop organised by the Collaborative and in on-going learning through our community.

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KEY FEATURES

Internalising the logic of prevention, examining how gender stereotypes and power operate in their setting, and building prevention strategies that will work locally—this takes time. As a result, the Collaborative’s process of accompaniment—customised for and with each learning partner organisation—takes place over 18 months.

Depending on the partner’s needs, their focus may be to:

  • Understand the relevant evidence on preventing violence against women and their children and how to apply it to programming in specific contexts
  • Adapt successful or promising interventions to a new context and/or population
  • Understand the intersections of violence against women and violence against children in the broader context of gender and power
  • Reflect on past experience to recognise what is working and what could be done differently
  • Capture and share their programmatic experience with the broader community
  • Design and implement monitoring and evaluation frameworks and plans

“OTHER CAPACITY BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES ARE OFTEN JUST SENDING US A CONSULTANT TO TAKE US THROUGH A TWO- TO FIVE-DAY WORKSHOP AND GET A STRATEGY OUT. I LIKED THE IDEA OF WORKING TOGETHER WITH EXPERTS WITHIN A TIMELINE TO BUILD OUR CAPACITY, BUT TO GET CERTAIN DELIVERABLES OUT OF IT…HAVING AN EXPERT TO THINK THROUGH AND HELP US ADAPT OR CHANGE OUR METHODOLOGIES, NOT FROM A ONE-OFF EVENT BUT BY WORKING THROUGH A JOURNEY, IS A UNIQUE APPROACH.”

BEATRICE OGUTU,
DIRECTOR, INVESTING IN CHILDREN AND THEIR SOCIETIES—SKILFUL PARENTING AFRICA

INTERESTED?

If accompaniment sounds like a good step for your organisation, please contact us so we can find out if we are a good fit.

The Collaborative is particularly interested in learning partners who have:

  • EXPERIENCE working on violence against women or the intersections of violence against women and violence against children
  • 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 violence against women and children prevention work for more than one year; to co-leading the process and engaging in continuous learning; and to sharing values and practices that are feminist inspired and evidence driven, rooted in humility, dedicated to intellectual rigor, and committed to combatting power inequalities
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