Strengthening Evidence-based Policy

The research programme 'Influencing Policies to Support the Empowerment of Women and Girls' is a collaborative research programme with a number of leading research partners across the globe, led by IDS. The project runs for a four year period from 2012-2016.

The main aim of the research is to examine how to build an enabling environment for the empowerment of women and girls. Specifically, the research is split into three main areas:

  • Gender-based violence – examining how collective action, involving women and men in social movements and coalitions is able to effectively address gender-based violence. In particular it examines the involvement of men and boys in working on issues to do with gender-based violence.
  • Urbanisation and health – understanding the effects of urbanisation and urban environments on the health of women and girls in low-income settings. Examining issues of non-communicable diseases, mental health, sanitation, sex work, infrastructure and HIV.
  • Unpaid care – analysing the conditions under which policy actors recognise or ignore the significance of unpaid care work.

Project researchers

Banri Kynti Shisha Diengdoh
Chimaraoke Izugbara
Head of Capacity Building
Darisuk Kharlyngdoh
David Onen Ongwech
David Onen Ongwech
Programme Manager
Deepta Chopra
Research Fellow
Video Advocacy Assistant
Social Scientist
Director; Team Leader of Participation in Health Projects
National Programme Coordinator
Gender Convenor
Senior Research Associate
Video Advocacy Assistant
Health and Education Convenor
Research Fellow
Lipekho Moses Saprii
Mona Sherpa
Knowledge, Policy and Campaign Manager
Nkechi Ilochi-Omekedo
Women’s Rights Programme Manager
Independent Practitioner, Women's Rights Coordinator
Research Fellow
Philip E. Otieno
Executive Director
Programme Manager - Asia & Africa
International Policy Manager - Women’s Rights
Community Education and Mobilisation National Manager
Sandra Albert
Head of Department
Lead, Men and Gender Equality
Tamba David Mackieu
Executive Director
Research Fellow