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To meet the most urgent humanitarian needs of conflict and disaster affected populations through provision of life-saving assistance and contribute to resilience building of benefitting households to withstand shocks.
To ensure DFID and the international community is well prepared to respond to the Coronavirus outbreak in a timely and effective manner. In line with the World Health Organization's Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan, this will ensure that lives are saved, livelihoods preserved and global health security is strengthened.
Leave No Girl Behind is a new initiative announced in July 2016 as part of the Girls Education Challenge. This initiative will support interventions providing literacy, numeracy and skills relevant for life and work to highly marginalised, adolescent girls who have never attended or have already dropped out of school. So far, the Girls Education Challenge has reached over one million disadvantaged girls. We want to reach more girls, especially those most marginalised girls with new and innovative solutions and scale up and adopt successful existing interventions to deliver quality education and skills to the hardest to reach girls.
The Syria Protection Programme will provide civilians affected by armed conflict with specialised protection services
To support a Pakistani society and government institutions that support increased voice, choice and control for marginalised groups, protect them from exploitation and prevent discrimination and intolerance at all levels. The programme has a focus on child labour, gender-based violence, child and force marriages, and intolerance against minorities and other socially excluded groups.
This second phase will continue to work with others to support a movement within countries and globally to raise awareness and understanding of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) and build support for efforts to end the practice
To provide support for humanitarian and early recovery actions to meet emergency needs, improve living conditions and reduce vulnerabilities for conflict-affected communities in non-government controlled areas and among internally displaced persons and host communities in government-controlled areas of Eastern Ukraine.
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Ethiopian charities and societies, and the Government of Ethiopia, federal and regional.
Strategic Response 1: Increase access to quality HIV and health programmes Strategic Response 2: Support community-based organisations to be connected and effective elements of health systems Strategic Response 3: Advocate for HIV, health, gender, and human rights Strategic Response 4: A stronger partnership that is evidence-based and accountable to communities
To improve the lives of at least 6500 adolescent girls in Kenya between the age of 10 and 14, by improving their access to health, education, economic assets and protection from violence. Evidence from research will influence national policy and support scaled up, cost-effective interventions for adolescent girls in the future.
1) To critically evaluate and significantly impact CSO practice in the area of human-rights building in post-conflict societies in order to effect real change in the lives of some of the world's most marginalized communities of children and young people, from former child soldiers in Colombia to the undocumented children of illegal migrants in South Africa. 2) To build international and interdisciplinary research capacity at scale and across a range of developing countries, while also producing high-quality research outputs, practical 'tool kits' and engagement events. This will involve drawing out the collective learning from over 20 international development projects that we will commission and rigorously evaluate over the course of our network plus project. We will begin with 'proof-of-concept' projects focussed on our 5 case-study countries. Our commissioned work will then grow in scale to encompass projects that will involve post-conflict societies from across the ODA list of recipient countries. We will have a particular emphasis on the development of early career researchers (ECR) in this regard. Along with providing career development opportunities for a number of PDRAs from the global south and 2 PGRs, the project will also coordinate a dedicated funding call for ODA-focussed projects led by ECRs based in the global south working in partnership with colleagues in the UK. This will be complemented by a larger-scale funding call for more experienced colleagues from ODA countries to work in partnership with UK researchers and international CSOs. 3) To effect, through an internationally-comparative evaluation of practice, lasting policy impact across and beyond the CSOs with whom we will be working, as well as other international multilateral organisations, particularly those that are central to the distribution of funding for international development. Evaluation of these projects will be focussed on i) ensuring that the practices developed during the project are embedded into the on-going work of the CSOs with which we will have been working ii) developing future projects in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the network produced during this project. 4) To create pathways to global policy impact via our partner organisations, their network of community-based organisations and connections with local and national government. These organisations currently include the British Council, UNICEF, UNESCO, Hope and Homes for Children, Plan International and PAX, but will grow over the life-time of the project as we commission new work. 5) To generate synergies with other GCRF projects in order to ensure the maximum impact of RCUK's investment. This will involve working with Salzburg Global Seminar who will organise a bespoke dissemination event for us to engage global leaders in the results of our research. 6) To demonstrate the critical importance of Arts and Humanities research, in partnership with other disciplines, for the delivery of effective international development, thereby making a substantial contribution to the emerging field of Arts and Humanities Research for Development.
Redressing Gendered Health Inequalities of Displaced Women and Girls in contexts of Protracted Crisis in Central and South America (ReGHID)UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The overarching objective of ReGHID is to improve the delivery of SRH and SRHR of reproductive age women (aged 25-49) and adolescent girls (15-24) in situations of protracted displacement, to engender both evidence-based advocacy and concrete policy proposals for improving coverage of SRH services and developing responsive and inclusive durable solutions for wellbeing and development of all. ReGHID will: - Develop new quantitative and qualitative empirical evidence on the impact of displacement on the SRH needs of women and adolescent girls in Central America and Venezuela (WPs 1-3) - Co-produce research with non-governmental and civil society organisations working with displaced women and adolescent girls to uncover the lived experiences of their right to health in relation to SRH, and the strategies of displaced women and adolescent girls deploy to meet those needs, including from public and non-state providers in places of transit and settlement (WP2) - Co-produce a holistic understanding of the pressure that the SRH needs of displaced women and adolescents place on local health systems in places of settlement, including an analysis of the resources and capacity required to meet SRH needs and rights (WP3, WP4) - Analyse whether and how health systems respond to, compromise or deny SRH needs and rights for migrant women and girls in places of settlement (WP4) - Co-develop with health service researchers, local and regional stakeholders a 'Comprehensive Healthcare Model', proposing concrete changes at local (public) health system level to deliver gender-responsive and rights-based services (WP4) - Co-develop and implement with key local stakeholders (including associations of women and adolescent girls, NGOs, and the OIM), strategies for guiding planning for the effective delivery of displaced women and adolescent girls' SRHR through 'the AGAPE guide': 1) Assessment of female displaced migrant SRH needs and SRHR, 2) Guidance in identifying and accessing services in destinations, 3) Assistance in processes of movement and sites of transit and settlement, 4) Protection from wrongs and harms that impact on SRH, 5) Enabling self-reliance and movement to durable solution (WP5, WP6) Research fieldwork and impact activities will be conducted in key places of settlement of women and girls from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in Tapachula, Mexico; Venezuelan migrants in Manaus and Roraima, Brazil, and Norte de Santander, Colombia; and places of return after protracted displacement in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula in Honduras and San Salvador in El Salvador. The project will be delivered by an interdisciplinary and international consortium that unites leading academics from health economics, political science, demography and social statistics, international development, human rights, gender studies, anthropology, migration and public health. Participants are drawn from leading research institutions in Central and South America region (Honduras, El Salvador, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico), the Universities of Southampton and York. It benefits from the participation of key regional intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations including the Council of Ministries of Health for Central America (COMISCA), the regional office of the International Organisation for Migrations (IOM), Medicos Sin Frontera (MSF, Mexico), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and FLACSO/Costa Rica. Outreach and impact will be achieved through a set of activities in partnerships with NGOs and IOM embedded in their routine work and working directly with displaced women and adolescent girls throughout the work packages.
The Clean Air for Delhi Through Interventions, Mitigations and Engagement (CADTIME) project aims to provide a clear understanding of what is required to make significant reductions in levels of air pollution in the Indian megacity. It will suggest and provide interventions to achieve such reductions that are achievable, affordable in both economic and social terms, effective, as well as responsive to future changes through to year 2050. In order to achieve the global aim of CADTIME, a number of objectives have been identified, which will be delivered through an integrated structure of seven work tasks. In order of priority, these objectives are: i. Identify key emission sources, emission trends and current scenario analysis. ii. Identify key factors controlling urban air quality legislations/policies/standards. iii. Develop and validate an effective and efficient air quality modelling system for hot spot, local and regional pollution problems identified in consultation with researchers of Themes 1, 2 and 3 of this Call. iv. Design and quantify impacts of interventions for mitigating air pollution in Indian Megacity Delhi for medium- and long-term horizons (current to 2030 and 2050). v. Compile a range of potential practical interventions with stakeholders through DELPHI methodology, employing both forecasting and backcasting approaches to develop an air pollution pathway; and create a prioritised shortlist of robust solutions with quantified impacts. vi. Evaluate the reduction in pollution achievable by recommended interventions to 2050. vii. Interact with and integrate research outputs from Themes 1, 2 and 3 to collective benefit. This project will develop and deliver, a comprehensive novel and scientifically-informed platform that combines the monitoring of major source of emissions; including industrial, domestic and vehicles across regional to local scales; interfaces with models to explore solutions to inform decision-making policy regarding interventions to mitigate air pollution to reduce human exposure. This project focuses on delivering and using the platform to define mitigation measures and uses currently available data and models, the legacy of previous EPSRC and British Council funded projects. However, CADTIME feeds on the emission validation and sources (Theme 1) and interfaces with better understanding of physical and chemical processes (Theme 2) and exposure validation and health outcomes (Theme 3).
The overall aim of this proposal is to develop improved lines of amaranth to facilitate the cultivation and consumption of this African leafy vegetable by smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. Growing and consuming amaranth would increase the nutritional content of smallholder household diets, provide agro-ecological benefits, improve food security by being a climate-tolerant crop, and provide opportunities for income generation. One key aim of this proposal is to facilitate faster improvement by developing the biological knowledge and tools for molecular analysis, and using the genetic diversity within the ARC amaranth germplasm collection. Specific objectives are to: 1. Capture and utilise genetic diversity in amaranth to generate lines with robust increased leaf volume (yield) under the variable growing conditions typical of smallholder farmers We will determine the variation in yield and nutritional content in the ARC amaranth germplasm collection to identify lines with particularly beneficial traits and highlight excellent parents for future crossing and breeding strategies. We will generate an F2 mapping population from parents differing in yield and nutritional value and use the mapping population diversity to select higher yielding lines. The segregating F2 population will be used in participatory plant breeding both on the research station and on smallholder farms to select lines with increased leaf volume and good sensory qualities when grown under low input, highly variable conditions. Smallholders in regions of South Africa with varying rainfall will be involved to determine whether the same lines perform well in different locations. 2. Determine the genetic basis of secondary metabolite accumulation (hence nutritional value) in amaranth and link specific metabolites to important agronomic traits (pest resistance and yield) In addition to increasing genetic variation for yield, the mapping population will be used to understand the genetic regulation of nutrient and anti-nutrient accumulation, and highlight any correlations between nutritional value, yield and pest resistance. The F2 mapping population will be genotyped and phenotyped for metabolite profile (nutritional value), yield and pest resistance to determine genomic regions and markers linked to metabolites of nutritional importance and understand potential trade-offs between micronutrients, yield and pest resistance. This will drive further breeding and development of improved amaranth lines (and ultimately stable distinct varieties) and help prevent development of material with enhanced nutritional benefit but poor performance in the field. We will train South African plant breeders in the use of molecular breeding strategies (including GBS and marker development) and develop markers that can be used in breeding for nutritional content and to ensure quality of seed production going forwards. 3. Determine the water use efficiency of amaranth and the impact of water limitation on nutritional content. There is a lack of detailed information on the drought tolerance and water use efficiency of the diverse locally adapted amaranth accessions, hence we will investigate this in our improved yield lines, the mapping population parents and accessions from the germplasm collection with highly diverse nutritional profiles. We will also determine the nutrient water use efficiency of these lines. This is a measure of how much the nutrient profile is impacted by water availability. For example, a line could have a high nutrient content under well-watered conditions, but a low nutrient content if water is limiting. Understanding the molecular basis of nutritional content, how it correlates with pest resistance and yield, and how it is impacted by water availability will be essential for improvement of yield whilst ensuring nutritional value and key traits for amaranth's value in diversified low input smallholder farming systems are maintained.
Overarching aim: This project will enhance the current limited capacity of the Brazilian health system to prevent psychiatric disorder and treat young people with mental health problems. OBJECTIVE 1: To estimate the economic impact of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders in Brazil. We will analyse mental health service use data collected from all regions of Brazil to make regional estimates of the economic impact of child and adolescent mental health problems. We will use existing datasets to project regional mental health needs, services and treatments required to meet those needs and associated costs and impacts in the short and long-term. OBJECTIVE 2: To identify evidence-based interventions for prevention and treatment of child and adolescent mental health problems in Brazil and to determine the most significant barriers and facilitators to timely evidence-based care in Brazil. We will perform a systematic review of existing evidence for effective/cost-effective interventions for prevention and treatment of child and adolescent mental health problems. We will identify interventions which have evidence for effectiveness in Brazil or similar countries. We will pay particular attention to mode of delivery and intersectoral collaboration (i.e., between the health and education system and guardianship councils). OBJECTIVE 3: To develop an online child /adolescent mental health evidence toolkit to support (i) health and educational professionals and (ii) policymakers / planners to apply and disseminate research evidence on effective treatments, financing and economic impact for child/adolescent psychiatric disorders We will synthesise the newly developed evidence from objectives one and two into a practical toolkit and training materials for healthcare practitioners and policymakers and planners and work together with stakeholders to implement this evidence in each region of Brazil. We will perform a small local pilot evaluation in one of the participating study sites. The toolkit will be available online; however it will also be possible to download the toolkit and to use if offline.
To evaluate whether the emergency provision of nearly 18,000 doctors under the programa Mais Médicos (PMM) has affected health outcomes; including hospitalisations from ambulatory-care sensitive conditions and mortality among children and adults from amenable causes; To understand whether PMM impacts differed across population sub-groups, programmatic factors, and by municipal-level characteristics, including explicitly testing impacts on health inequalities; To understand what factors influenced allocation of PMM doctors to municipalities and to what extent was allocation consistent with PMM criteria of need; To determine whether the allocation of PMM doctors to non-priority municipalities influenced programme impacts on health outcomes; To understand facilitators and barriers to successful implementation of PMM, including broader health system constraints, and how these were addressed by national implementers, local health managers and PMM doctors; To determine whether different characteristics of PMM doctors, particularly the differences between Brazilian and Cuban doctors, have influenced programme impacts; To work collaboratively and integrate qualitative and quantitative approaches throughout the project to maximise the cross-learning, steer research approaches, contextualise findings, and deliver the outputs that are appropriate for the Brazilian setting and valuable to policy-makers; To generate longitudinal aggregate datasets from existing data sources covering all municipalities to facilitate robust analyses, and preserve these datasets for future research; To build capacity for Brazilian and UK based early career researchers in robust data analysis, impact evaluations, international collaborations, and influencing health policy; To engage with institutions and civil society such as the Ministry of Health, the council for municipal health secretaries, national health conference, the Brazilian Public Health association (ABRASCO), and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), to maximise the impact of the work alongside traditional dissemination routes such as academic publications and conferences; To draw generalizable lessons from the PMM for other contexts on factors affecting successful implementation, wider health system effects, and expected impact on health; To influence policy relating to the primary healthcare and human resources for health (HRH) both in Brazil and internationally;
Implementation Network for Sharing Population Information from Research Entities in East Africa (INSPIRE-EA)UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The overall aim of this proposal is to develop a network where health data from longitudinal populations in Africa can be brought together safely and securely, to answer important questions about the health of the population in East Africa. Health data from the population is needed to complement the clinical data from service providers, in order to answer the sustainable development goals (SDG). To do this we will need to bring together the producers and users of the data and enable the culture change in the data use. We will have to build the secure and accredited processes for the data, the environments for the analysis, and identify the questions that such data can answer. This overall aim of this phase 1 proposal can be broken down into three overarching objectives: 1. To build the network of data professionals in East Africa 2. To build the tools by which FAIR data can be shared 3. To identify policy relevant questions and indicators that can be answered from the initial database. The first objective to build the network that contribute and use longitudinal population-based health data is based on previous projects, such as the INDEPTH network and the ALPHA network. In the initial Phase 1, the data will come from existing health and demographic surveillance systems (HDSS), which are ideally placed to explore human health and the health of the natural environment in which they live. However, the proposed network will not be limited to HDSS. This objective will use the experience of the South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN) to bring together data in a way that can be used to answer real policy-important health questions. Those who contribute data need to get benefits from the network, and the first objective is to bring stakeholders together to formulate the environment to enable deep and meaning collaboration between HDSS in East Africa. The second objective is to produce FAIR data that can be used to answer the research questions. The FAIR data principles come from the International Council of Science (ISC), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA) to ensure high quality data which are Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR). Through the ALPHA network we have shared data that have been used to answer questions about the HIV epidemic in East Africa. These data will be developed into a demonstration model dataset that could be applied to many other health conditions using longitudinal population-based data. The project will build the portal for FAIR data that is searchable by human (google search) and computer algorithms (such as RDF). Beyond the existing data, this objective is to prepare the work for linking population health data with the electronic health records in Eastern Africa. The third objective relates to the use of the data in the network. We will work with national and international policy makers and analysts to identify questions and indicators that need robust FAIR data to provide accurate answers to guide health policy. This objective is essential to provide the sustainability of the network going forward, as it enhances the value of the data collected by the individual HDSS and enables the buy in from regional and national governments. This objective will include the training of analysts within Eastern Africa to undertake new analyses using machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms. These three objectives form the core of this proposal, which will identify the first steps towards integrating health data from population cohorts with clinical health records in order to establish the right environment and infrastructure to health research. The ultimate vision is to develop the network into an active means to support diverse research studies in East Africa and to provide the two-way communication with policy makers and analysis needs of national and international users.
International: Embedding analysis of seismic hazard and risk for improved welfare in Bishkek, KyrgyzstanUK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The aim of the project is to improve the seismic resilience of the city of Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. This will be done by better informing the location of urban expansion of the city, a process that is currently encroaching onto active faults. This will be achieved by embedding the ability to generate updated seismic risk scenarios in the agency responsible for this in the capital Bishkek, through capacity building at the Institute of Seismology (Kyrgyz National Academy of Sciences), who in turn engage with government stakeholders responsible for construction, disasters and health. To enable this impact, the latest knowledge of fault locations found from our pre-existing research council and academy funded projects will be used. This will be done in collaboration with project partners that have the open software, databases and expertise to facilitate the execution of such risk scenarios. Expertise in Earth Observation and Digital Elevation Models from prior NERC funded research will be applied to update exposure elements for the city of Bishkek. The outcome of this better-informed urban construction in Bishkek will be the reduction in the number of building collapses, fatalities and economic losses cause by future earthquakes, thus promoting the economic development and welfare of this developing country. The objectives to meet this aim are: 1. to incorporate the new knowledge recently gained concerning the relative activity, location and past ruptures of faults that could affect Bishkek with future earthquakes into our project partner's (GEM) User Contributed Active Fault Database. Once this milestone is achieved in the first part of the project, this open database will be used as a constraint on the possible fault rupture scenarios that are used in subsequent hazard and risk analysis. 2. to identify the changes in the exposure of the city buildings as the city has expanded in recent years. This will be achieved through the use of high resolution satellite imagery and digital elevation models (that will also be used to constrain the secondary hazards of landsliding and liquefaction). Stakeholders have identified that key infrastructure is absent in the current earthquake risk models that currently focus on residential building stock and not commercial/industrial or key pieces of infrastructure (hospitals, schools, bridges and water courses). 3. to produce a suite of risk scenarios indicating the extent of building collapse, fatalities and economic losses for a range of different earthquake scenarios for varying sized earthquakes on nearby and distant faults, as identified in the active fault database. In light of recently identified earthquake fault sources and also with city expansion onto the faults south of the city, regular updates to these models will be required as more buildings are built in ever closer proximity to the faults. 4. to embed the capacity of risk scenario analysis within the Institute of Seismology whose current responsibility is to provide assessments of seismic risk for Kyrgyzstan to government. In order to be able to update these risk scenarios in future, we will undertake capacity building through training in the use of the risk calculation software and use of such datasets required to determine exposure and hazards. 5. to deliver our outcome of improving the resilience of the city to earthquakes, we will also support further engagement by our project partner with government stakeholders following the recommendations outlined in a recent World Bank report. This will be done through the use of both risk maps and estimates of building, human and economic losses. These will be used by stakeholders to better inform urban planning, enhance the enforcement of building codes, enable targeted retro-fitting of key infrastructure (hospital, schools and bridges) and provide better communication to citizens of the potential for seismic risk in Bishkek.
In the Name of the Father is comprised of a series of impact and engagement activities which together work towards the following objectives: 1. To exploit fully the unanticipated pathways to impact emerging from the AHRC-funded network Children Born of War - Past and Present that developed as a result of later unplanned engagement with third-sector partners. 2. To respond to a need expressed by non-academic partners for increased collaboration and exchange between research and different forms of artistic practice on the use of public engagement and advocacy. 3. To respond to a need expressed by non-academic partners for increased academic input into artistic practice to support the translation of academic findings into art, policy and the interactions between the two. 4. To bring to Birmingham the collaborative docu-dance theatre In the Name of the Father and disseminate the innovative method showcased in the production by performing the multi-chapter performance at the UoB Green Heart Festival (Spring Season: theme Hope) and, concurrently, alongside activities to mark the commemorations around the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre. 5. To pilot the methodologies initiated in an intersectoral international workshop Exploring the Borderlands (between academic and artistic practice) bringing together academics, performance artists, choreographers, film producers, and children born of war through a writing/rehearsal workshop in Uganda leading to a chapter in the production of In the Name of the Father. 6. To increase public knowledge and understanding of the challenges of children born of war in post-conflict societies, particularly in societal contexts where this topic remains a taboo. This will be achieved through active engagement with cultural and religious leaders in Uganda to reach as wide an in-country audience as possible, and by including the film and photo capture of the Ugandan chapter into the broader transnational docu-dance (https://www.the-alpha-group.org/current-production/). 7. To promote intergenerational and transnational exchange on the topic of children born of war through post-performance panel discussions and an intersectoral workshop. 8. To foster the academic-artistic development of all participants with focus on capacity building among Ugandan children born of war and a local research assistant with the aim of creating in-country capacity for regional and national follow-on performances. 9. To contribute to the University of Birmingham Green Heart Festival's core aim to showcase innovative and impactful research to a broad audience.
Our proposal aims to build an open, interdisciplinary, global network on gender and violent extremism. Our objectives are as follows: - To create a platform for critical, interdisciplinary and solution focused thinking on gender and responding to violent extremism to emerge and mature. - To build a web-based research library on gender and violent extremism that includes published articles and papers, working papers and presentations. This library will serve as a resource for researchers, practitioners and policymakers interested in learning gender and violent extremism. - To share knowledge and research methods and to build research capacity about gender and violent extremism using webinars as a tool of training. - To set up a large engagement event on gender and violent extremism in Kenya aimed at building partnerships and guiding the participants towards working on collaborative research proposals. - To conduct a minimum of 9 networking visits between the different network members. These visits would strengthen collaborative relationship between network partners and enable them to work together on research proposals. - To organise an academic conference on gender and violent extremism in the UK. This conference would allow academics, practitioners to come together and share the evidence and research findings in the area of gender and violent extremism. - To organise a minimum of 10 roundtables on gender and violent extremism. These roundtables would invite expert guest speakers to present their work on gender and violent extremism. - To publish 2 academic volumes on gender and violent extremism. These volumes would result mainly from the conference, but submission will also be open to presenters from the roundtables and other members of the network. - We will also support early career researchers and academics from the Global South to publish articles in our edited volumes. - To develop and submit collaborative research funding proposals to funders and particularly the GCRF funding stream. - To support early career researchers. We will do this by ensuring that ECR are given the opportunity to present their research at the roundtables, webinars and conferences and to take part in the research engagement event and networking visits. - To build the capacity of early career researchers and researchers form the global south to apply for research funding. - To build a large network of academics and practitioners from DAC countries and the Global North to work together on research on gender and responding to violent extremism. - To engage with policymakers in the UK, Kenya and internationally on gender and responding to violent extremism during engagement event, the conference and face-to-face meetings. - To develop long lasting relationship and partnerships among academics and practitioners. We are focused on maximising interaction and relationship building. It is expected that members of the network will continue to work together after the end of the project. - To share expertise, knowledge and skills on gender and violent extremism between academics and practitioners from the Global South and the Global North. - To develop a Community of Practice on gender and violent extremism built around expertise and solution-based approach to the challenge of violent extremism. - Ultimately, this network aims to contribute to tackling the challenge of violence, extremism and gender inequality.