The Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) is undertaking a strategic evaluation of Australia’s development assistance to end violence against women and girls. This will be a ten-year follow up to ODE’s 2008 strategic evaluation Violence against Women in Melanesia and East Timor (Ellsberg et al. 2008). The evaluation will assess the effectiveness of Australian support, and to make recommendations and provide practical lessons for Australia’s future aid program and policy engagement. The evaluation team will visit Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Indonesia, with Skype interviews conducted with key stakeholders in Vanuatu and Pakistan.
The objective of this literature review is to inform the ODE evaluation. This review provides a desk-based analysis of the available evidence about trends, innovations, and approaches to ending violence against women and girls. It informs the evaluation’s key evaluation questions and will be used to triangulate other qualitative and desk-based evidence generated as part of the evaluation.
While other literature reviews exist on this topic, this review intends to add a specific Asia and Pacific lens, with a focus on the approaches and research that are most strategic and relevant to Australia’s aid program.
The intended audience is DFAT staff with aid management responsibilities, Australian NGOs and implementing partners who may use the literature review and evaluation findings to improve future assistance to end violence against women and girls.