MD part of Population Council Consortium on FGM/C Research Programme

MannionDaniels is proud to be part of the consortium led by the Population Council, supported by DFID, titled ‘Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C) Research Programme’.  As a partner, our work is primarily focusing on Somalia, where we have held initial briefing and orientation with researchers.  The programme itself extends this research in Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, and potentially in Burkina Faso, Gambia and Senegal. Inception phase has just finished and research will start in earnest in late 2015.

The goal of the FGM/C Research programme is ultimately to contribute to ending FGM/C within a generation and reducing FGM/C by least 30% in 10 countries within 5 years.  It will do this by demonstrably influencing strategic investments, policies and programmes to end FGM/C, and dramatically expand the body of evidence on the most effective and cost-effective approaches to ending FGM/C in different contexts.

The research programme is organised around four themes:

–        Building the picture of where, when and why FGM/C is practiced through a series of explanatory analyses of existing survey datasets, complemented by qualitative studies amongst various populations at different stages of abandoning the practice.

–        A blend of retrospective evaluations, cost analyses, and case studies of ongoing interventions with prospective implementation research and impact evaluations of new interventions, implemented as multisite studies, to broaden understanding of the benefits and costs of a wide range of approaches to FGM/C abandonment.

–        Understanding the wider impacts of FGM/C on the lives of girls, women, and their families, and the implications of sustaining or abandoning the practice of FGM/C—as well as other harmful practices such as early marriage and gender-based violence—on gender norms and relations.

–        Improving research into FGM/C through developing and testing new or improved methods and measures and building the capacity of national researchers to design and implement high-quality research.

Consortium partners include: the Africa Coordinating Centre for the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (ACCAF) at the University of Nairobi; the Gender and Reproductive Health and Rights Resource and Advocacy Center (GRACE) at Ahfad University for Women (AUW), Khartoum; the Global Research and Advocacy Group (GRAG), Dakar; Population Reference Bureau (PRB); MannionDaniels Ltd.; and the INDEPTH Network. Two eminent researchers, Dr. Gerry Mackie of the University of California, San Diego, and Dr. Bettina Shell-Duncan of the University of Washington, Seattle, complete the team.

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