Improving the quality of sexual and gender-based violence services for Haitian women and girls

Reporting Organization:International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 545,700
Timeframe: February 16, 2018 - February 16, 2021
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Chaitali Sinha
[email protected]

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Participating Organizations

  • Government and Public Sector

    • Government of Haiti - Ministry of Health
    • Government of Haiti - Ministry of Justice
  • NGOs

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Haiti - $ 545,700.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Adolescent Health (20 %)

Primary Health Care (20 %)

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (20 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Gender Equality (20 %)

Sexual & Gender-based Violence (20 %)

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Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) against girls and women is a serious health and human rights concern in Haiti. Most women who suffer from this type of violence are among the most underserved and at-risk members of society. This means they lack access to essential supports and services, including avenues to seek justice. Accessing the range of necessary services is challenged by limited resources, economic insecurity, prevalent social norms and gender power imbalances, as well as a lack of political will.

This project will work with communities, government and civil society organizations to provide integrated and improved services (health, social and legal) to victims of SGBV. The project will have a specific focus on adolescent girls because they are particularly vulnerable to SGBV.

Building on lessons from three years of implementing an integrated multisectoral intervention to address SGBV in the Central Plateau and Lower Artibonite departments in Haiti (see previous project page link below for further details). This project aims to: (1) document the prevalence of SGBV through high-quality data that will be made available for decision-makers. (2) It focuses on improving the timeliness, quality and accessibility of multisectoral SGBV supports by examining both supply-side (providers) and demand-side (users) perspectives on the quality of services. (3) Finally, the project will assess the validity and effectiveness of multi-sectoral approaches to addressing SGBV. Gender and costing analyses are integrated across these objectives to enrich the utility and replicability of the findings.

Implemented with the collaboration of Zanmi Lasante, or Partners in Health, a Haitian non-governmental organization providing health services to the poor, this project will work alongside the community, government representatives, Haitian academic and civil society to make concrete contributions to theory and practice on how to design and evaluate a multi-pronged and multi-sectoral SGBV intervention in Haiti. Capacity strengthening activities include targeted training, as well as support to Haitian-based graduate students embarking on studies related to this project. The project will work in close collaboration with another IDRC-supported project that focuses on strengthening the enabling environment for feminist research, gender studies and addressing issues of women’s rights in Haiti.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adolescent females Children, girls
Descriptors: Rural
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
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2 Open access peer-reviewed research articles published
4 Conference abstracts presented
6 Progress reports shared
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The main expected results include greater quality of health and related services, as well as information, related to sexual health and sexual and gender-based violence. Specifically, the project intends to improve use of data at the local level and through to the national level through stronger health information systems that incorporate dashboards to inform evidence-based decision-making. Other outcomes include: •improved quality, timeliness and affordability of integrated health, social and legal services; •enhanced awareness of SGBV issues and available services within the community; •greater interactions and discussions among different people working on SGBV interventions and research in Haiti through meetings that are convened with members from government, academic, civil society and implementers.

Achieved Results



SRHR-related Indicators
  • # of national laws, policies and strategies relating to SRHR implemented or strengthened
  • # of people who have experienced, or are at risk of, any form of SGBV that have received related services in the previous 12 months
  • # of women and girls, men and boys, demonstrating positive attitudes towards ending SGBV
  • # of women’s rights organizations and networks (international and local) advancing SRHR
SDG Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • SDG 3.7.1 Proportion of women of reproductive age (aged 15–49 years) who have their need for family planning satisfied with modern methods
SDG Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • SDG 5.2.2 Proportion of women and girls aged 15 years and older subjected to sexual violence by persons other than an intimate partner in the previous 12 months, by age and place of occurrence
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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