Applications are now open for the World Bank/SVRI Development Marketplace Innovations 2020. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 35% of women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual partner violence. In contrast might have also faced non-partner sexual violence, roughly 938 million women. The costs of gender-based violence (GBV) are substantial. Violence against women and girls impedes their full participation in society, limits access to education and economic participation, and hinders efforts to achieve gender equality broadly.
The World Bank Group and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) have partnered to address this global pandemic. Further, by launching the Development Marketplace to Address Gender-Based Violence. The Development Marketplace awards teams from around the world with funds to support evidence-based research, interventions, and other activities related to GBV prevention and response.
Moreover, SVRI and the World Bank Group will distribute funding to advance evidence-based interventions to prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV) in low- and middle-income countries. An expert panel will select winners engaged in research, interventions, or other activities related to GBV prevention and response based on overall merit, research/project design and methods, significance, project team, and ethical considerations.
Further, The Awards, first launched four years ago, honor GBV victims and survivors, and are held in memory of Hannah Graham, daughter of longtime World Bank Group employee John Graham.
All applications must be submitted via the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Awards online system, also must reach the World Bank/SVRI by midnight (South African time) on September 13, 2019.