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Self-paced course
World Bank Group

How to leverage safety nets to prevent gender-based violence

Gender-based violence (GBV) undermines the core objectives of social protection by eroding human capital, productivity, and well-being, as well as increasing women and children’s vulnerability. This course was designed to equip social protection practitioners with practical insights on how to leverage safety nets to prevent gender-based violence (GBV). The course is based on an operational toolkit entitled Safety First.

GBV has substantial individual and collective costs that disproportionately affect poorer women and girls. While reducing GBV is not an objective of most safety nets, research demonstrates that cash transfers reduce intimate partner violence substantially across contexts, sometimes by as much as 66 percent. Given the broad reach of safety nets in many countries, there is potential to leverage them more systematically to prevent GBV. Simple adjustments in the design and implementation of programs can amplify their preventive potential and the empowerment of women.

The course aims to: (1) provide a brief overview of the recent impact evaluation literature on cash transfers and GBV, and (2) equip the learner with design and implementation tips at different stages of the social protection delivery chain to empower women and amplify the preventive potential of safety nets.

This will require you to sign in. You don’t need to be a WBG employee. It is open to the public and anyone can access the course.