Integrating Gender Into a Scaling Strategy: Building on Action-based Research on Sexual Violence in India

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Room 1-43

The starting point of the research project used as a case study in this presentation came from a single incident; the case of a four-year-old girl in Mumbai, India, who was raped by the watchman of her school in 2012. When the Rahat team at Majlis Centre in Mumbai learned of this case through a local journal, they decided to offer their help to the family of the young girl. From this single case, lawyers and social workers at Majlis Legal Centre, began an action-based research project to document and review cases of sexual violence (more than 500), examining how they were handled by the justice system. The purpose was to build a Survivor Centric Approach. To date, the Rahat team has built Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that are being followed by over 2000 police officers as well as a systematic monitoring system to make the state accountable. The work of the Rahat team has become a major initiative which has been scaled within the State of Maharashtra in India through replication, others adopting it on their own fruition and behaviour change. 

This presentation aims to deepen the understanding of the process and complexity of scaling the impacts of research for development through a gender lens. By in depth case study analysis focusing on this action-based research on sexual violence and impunity conducted in India in the last five years, this presentation aims to address these essential questions: how do we embed complex but valued issues, such as gender, into a scaling strategy? How can we ensure our research-level gender strategy extends to a full scaling strategy? How do we combine several scaling strategies such as behavioural change, replication and adoption into a scaling pathway? Despite the rising interest in the process of scaling for practitioners, researchers, and funders in the global development sector, few studies have addressed the issues and challenges of bringing research results to scale by unpacking the issue of gender ((Chigateri and Saha 2016); (Rottach et al. 2012). Behind the ‘scaling discourse’ lead by funding agencies, private sectors and social entrepreneurs, there is a need for better access to justice and sustainable political changes by using and sharing innovative approaches developed by feminist researchers and activists. 

About the speaker

Andréanne Martel, Research Award Recipient, Policy and Evaluation Division (IDRC)
Ms. Martel is currently a Collaborative research Program Officer at the Canadian Council for International Development (CCIC) in Ottawa. She was a Research Award Recipient in the Policy and Evaluation Division at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in 2016. Ms. Martel holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM). Her master’s thesis is entitled “La coordination humanitaire en Haïti suite au séisme : le mécanisme des clusters, un enjeu de gouvernance”. Prior to joining CCIC, she was the coordination of a research centre on international development at UQAM. She was in charge of an international network working on natural resources (REINVENTERRA), which brings together researchers from academic institutions and actors from civil society organizations (CSOs) from three regions (West Africa, South-East Asia, and Latin America). Since 2010, she has also evaluated several major post-earthquake projects and programs implemented in Haiti by NGOs and international organizations.

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