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Completed Projects

Research on Violence against Women and Girls in South Asia (VAWG)

The research aims to address the issue of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in South Asia with a particular focus on adolescence and young adulthood. We investigate the ways in which both community-level social norms and broader political economic factors influence the tendency to perpetrate IPV as well as the efficacy of existing programme approaches to address it. The research programme comprises global and country-specific literature reviews, a multi-level quantitative analysis and qualitative and longitudinal data collection done through a research consortium.

Social Cost of Migration: A Study of Impact on Left-behind Women and Children in Nepal

This research projects looks at the impact of migration on left-behind women and children. The study was conducted in Sarlahi district of Nepal. The research focused on psychosocial effects as well as empowering and disempowering effects of the change. Additionally, the research has also tried to find out if the narratives around disintegration of family, infidelity and elopement of migrant’s wife is true. In regards to children, the research has examined how they perceive their parent’s absence and effect on their academic performance, their socio-emotional development, protection, health and nutrition and their future academic and career aspirations.


This 2 year project looks at the status of implementation of Gender Action Plan by UNICEF in the South Asia. Additionally, it also looks at gender mainstreaming within the organisation and the work of the UNICEF offices in South Asian countries.

Evidence GAP Map on Adolescent Wellbeing

This project builds an interactive Evidence GAP MAP on intervention and outcomes for adolescents focusing on low and middle income countries. It traces outcomes in the areas of participation, livelihood and protection. The duration of the project is from July 2016-2017.

Migration Trajectory of Adolescent Girls

This research project looks at the drivers of migration for adolescent girls and the vulnerabilities they face in the migration trajectory. The Nepal leg of this multi-country research looked at Nepali girls in their place of origin, the internal migration hub city and in the cities in India.

Transforming the Lives of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (TLAGYW)

This 4-year programme puts the spotlight on adolescence as a pivotal life phase with considerable enduring socialization effects and important preparation for key transitions to adult roles, including transitions to work, citizenship, marriage and parenthood. The goal of this work was to improve development outcomes for girls and young women, breaking the cycle of inter generational poverty, and providing a catalyst for change, the returns of which will ripple through wider society. The research examined the capabilities and entitlement framework linked to formal and informal laws, norms, practices and non-actions (discriminatory social institutions), which compromise girls development.

Assessment of the impact of Child Grant on Women’s Empowerment in Nepal

This study analyzed the effects of child grant and effectiveness of the programme delivery to identify the barriers that may hinder impact.The study has a particular focus on assessing the effectiveness of the targeting mechanism and empowerment of women. The analysis is based on mixed methods research conducted in late 2014/early 2015.

Community Driven Development Approach in Conflict and Fragile States

Community-driven development (CDD) has become an increasingly popular operational approach for economic reconstruction, sub-national service delivery, fostering social cohesion and bottom-up state building in post-conflict and fragile states. This research aimed to expose the lessons learnt through the case studies of CDD approach in 4 countries. The outcome of the research was expected to help in guiding the designing and implementation of user-friendly CDD-livelihood interventions in these post-conflict and fragile settings.

Secure Livelihood Research Center Phase III

The Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) is a global research programme exploring basic services, and social protection in fragile and conflict-affected situations. Funded by UK Aid from the UK government (DFID), with complementary funding from Irish Aid and EC, SLRC was established in 2011 with the aim of strengthening the evidence base and informing policy and practice around livelihoods and services in conflict.

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