TOR for a Research Study: The Economic, Social and Political Cost of SGBV in Africa

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Publication Date: 
04 November 2014
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Duration: October 2014 – March 15, 2015

Managed by: Gender Justice Lead Pan Africa Programme


Oxfam and partners are implementing a project entitled “Ensuring accountability for Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and increased participation of women in Africa”. The project is expected to increase state accountability for conflict related sexual and gender based violence. It is hoped that state accountability will both make the case for redirected military expenditure as well facilitate access to justice for survivors of sexual and gender based violence where violations have occurred.

Managed by the Oxfam Pan Africa Programme, the project seeks to accelerate the realization of women‟s rights by amplifying African women‟s voices, promoting their meaningful participation in key decision making spaces by targeting attitudes, practices as well as policies that prevent the inclusion of women in post conflict decision making spaces. The project has three result areas namely:

  1. Policy and legal decisions on responses to sexual and gender based violence (before during and after conflict) are informed by empirical evidence on the economic, social and political cost of conflict sexual and gender based violence to the state in the three target countries.
  2. Survivors of conflict related sexual and gender based violence are supported to access justice through increased use of international, regional and national human rights instruments and policies on prevention and response to SGBV at continental, regional and national levels.
  3. Increased and meaningful participation of women and their organizations in continental, regional and national decision making platforms on prevention, management, response and resolution before, during and after conflict.

The project focus countries are Egypt, Nigeria and South Sudan with intention to carry out interventions at the continental level as well informed by the country level work and experiences.It is intended that both the country and continental level advocacy and project interventions be informed by good quality evidence based research. Oxfam and partners intend to use the evidence generated from the research to advocate for effective policy, legal and programmatic responses to sexual and gender based violence at national and continental levels. The research component of this project has the potential to inform on-going post conflict reconstruction and development initiatives within these countries and across the continent if leveraged successfully.