The World Bank Group and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) today awarded 11 teams from around the world with funds to support evidence-based research to help address the global pandemic of gender-based violence (GBV). Award winners shared their innovative projects, including evaluating a “walking school bus” — a group of children walking to school with one or more adults — as a school-related GBV intervention, a team looking at how monks and devotees can intervene to reduce GBV in communities in Cambodia, and a team working with young boys and girls in Papua New Guinea to train future leaders devoted to ending inequality and preventing GBV.
The Awards, launched in 2016, honor GBV victims and survivors, and are held in memory of Hannah Graham, daughter of a longtime World Bank Group employee. An expert panel reviewed more than 250 proposals submitted to the World Bank Group and SVRI following an open call for innovations to prevent GBV in low- and middle-income countries. The winning teams will receive up to US$100,000 each.