Learning from MOMENTUM: Community Engagement and Systems Strengthening Approaches to Addressing Gender-Based Violence

Published in recognition of the 2023 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) campaign, this brief highlights six innovative approaches—related to community engagement and system strengthening—for addressing GBV. The case studies from three MOMENTUM projects offer practical insights for gender experts, practitioners, and advocates, particularly those working in GBV pre­vention and response, to apply and adapt in their own work.

Last modified: February 21, 2024


Year of Publication: 2023

Gender Equity and Male Engagement: It only works when everyone plays

In this brief, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) in collaboration with the Cartier Foundation, presents guidance for nurturing meaningful engagement with men and boys to transform the social and gender norms that reinforce gender inequality and harm both women and men. This brief provides an overview of the field and guidance for stakeholders to support the funding, design, and implementation of programming that effectively engages men and boys in creating sustainable gender norm transformation.

Last modified: February 21, 2024

Language: English

Source: International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and Cartier Foundation

Year of Publication: 2018

A Structural and Provider Behavior Change Approach to Enhancing Respectful, Integrative, Responsive Care for Hospitalized Young Children (0–24 months)

This brief describes a co-creation process and a resulting provider behavior change intervention approach that can be adapted to similar low- and middle-income hospital contexts. It offers policy and program managers details around each intervention component, linking to an accompanying provider orientation PowerPoint and other training materials/job aids. Finally, it recommends a few lessons to guide those interested in engaging in a similar co-creation and implementation approach.

Last modified: February 5, 2024

Language: English

Source: Population Council

Year of Publication: 2023

Structural and behavior change interventions to improve experience of care for sick very young children (0 to 24 months of age) and their parents in hospital settings in Kenya—Preliminary results: Baseline provider survey”

This study documents and assesses the dynamics of implementing interventions to shift behaviors of providers to improve facility-based experiences of and parents/caregivers in caring for their sick newborns, infants, and toddlers up to 24 months of age in hospital settings.

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: February 5, 2024

Working Within the Food System: Gender Considerations for Achieving Improved Diets

Investments should enhance women’s roles in agriculture and off-farm livelihoods; provide workplace support to offset risks to household nutrition; and ensure opportunities for income generation, decision-making, and control over household income. Investments should also increase access to high-quality social and behavior change activities, and engage men and boys to address gender norms that restrict food system participation.

The brief suggests how to take evidence-based actions that consider gender when designing and implementing approaches to improve diets for all through the food system. It offers ideas across the food system for promoting gender equality while improving diets. The brief reinforces the importance of considering the programming context to prioritize actions that address barriers and support practices most likely to impact diet and nutrition outcomes.

Last modified: January 2, 2024

Language: English

Source: USAID Advancing Nutrition

Year of Publication: 2022

Effectively Measuring Training: Building Knowledge and Skills for Nutrition Programs

Improving the skills and competencies of the global nutrition workforce (e.g., nutrition program managers and technical staff) to design, plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate nutrition services is one of the key capacity gaps that the nutrition sector needs to address to improve the coverage and effectiveness of nutrition service provision and ultimately health and nutrition outcomes.

This brief provides practical information about how to assess nutrition training programs, utilizing best practices from the capacity strengthening field to create more effective and efficient programs.

Last modified: January 1, 2024

Language: English

Source: USAID Advancing Nutrition

Year of Publication: 2023

Call to Action for Strengthening Nutrition Content in Pre-Service Training

Investing in pre-service training is an effective and sustainable way to improve nutrition services, but it requires collaboration among governments, academic institutions, professional associations, funders, and technical experts to ensure curricula prepare frontline health workers to deliver quality nutrition services.

On March 1, 2023, USAID Advancing Nutrition engaged key stakeholders in Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, and the Kyrgyz Republic in a virtual consultative meeting to better understand the complexity of the challenges and opportunities around strengthening the nutrition components of pre-service training for health workers. This brief summarizes the consultation discussions generated, the opportunities highlighted, the lessons shared, and the recommendations jointly formulated as a way forward. It issues a call to action to all stakeholders to better integrate nutrition into pre-service education and more regularly facilitate curriculum review and updates.

Last modified: December 29, 2023

Language: English, French, Portuguese

Source: USAID Advancing Nutrition

Year of Publication: 2023

The Follow Who Know Road Campaign in Nigeria: Development, Impact and Lessons Learned from a COVID-19 Mass Media Campaign

Breakthrough ACTION-Nigeria in collaboration with the Government of Nigeria strategically chose to use a mass media campaign as an approach that would shift behaviors around COVID-19. This campaign, named Follow Who Know Road, aimed strategically to reduce COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, increase testing among people who are symptomatic or exposed and ramp up adoption of COVID-19 prevention behaviors among suspected and confirmed cases.

This brief  articulates the systematic process of developing the Follow Who Know Road Campaign even amid a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. SBC practitioners and programs can apply this process for effective development of SBC mass media campaigns from start to finish.

Source: Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: November 20, 2023

Communicating the PrEP Category to Adolescent Girls and Young Women

This strategy brief is intended for use by implementers working to generate demand for PrEP among AGYW. Drawing on all learnings throughout the positioning process, the brief provides a narrative explanation of how to communicate the PrEP category to AGYW and includes actionable guidance on how best to develop communication that will get the attention of young women and make a lasting impression.

Last modified: November 16, 2023

Language: English

Source: FHI 360

Year of Publication: 2023

Health Systems Strengthening Practice Spotlight: Social Accountability and Social and Behavior Change

Social and behavior change is a key part of effective and sustainable health system strengthening programming. The brief highlights the evidence on the role of social accountability in increasing access to better-quality healthcare services and explores how SBC approaches can be more explicitly integrated into social accountability efforts through the use of case studies.

Source: USAID

Date of Publication: September 18, 2023