Adapting GBV Interventions: Insights from Indashyikirwa in Lebanon

Divya Chandran



Registration link: bit.ly/GBV-SDGs-2

Background information

Indashyikirwa, which means “agents of change” in Kinyarwanda, is a programme that aims to reduce intimate partner violence (IPV) and shift related attitudes, behaviours and social norms. Originally implemented in Rwanda by CARE Rwanda, Rwanda Women’s Network and Rwanda Men’s Resource Center, the approach was found to decrease IPV and conflict among couples, increase the involvement of men in domestic and care work, and lead to other positive behavioural changes.

UNDP Lebanon, with its partners ABAAD and ACTED, adapted the Indashyikirwa model for Syrian refugee and Lebanese host communities as part of the Women’s Economic Participation (WEP) project integrating gender-based violence (GBV) prevention strategies. The adaptation process focused on revising content and implementing key elements while also considering changing contexts, including the COVID-19 crisis and socio-economic considerations.

This webinar will explore the Indashyikirwa model, how to maintain fidelity to the model, how to approach intervention adaptation, and the adaptation process in Lebanon, including key lessons, challenges, and promising practices.

This webinar is the second in a series of three online discussions* on the experiences of the Lebanon WEP-GBV pilot. The pilot is part of UNDP’s global project “Ending Gender-based Violence and Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (2018-2021)”, which is testing new tools and approaches to reduce GBV and accelerate progress towards other development goals, such as economic empowerment and climate change.


  • Raquel Lagunas, Head, UNDP Gender Team
  • Ritha Nyiratunga, Senior Associate, Capacity Development, Accompaniment and Project Management, Prevention Collaborative
  • Dr. Erin Stern, Senior Associate, Prevention Collaborative and Technical Advisor, UNDP
  • Dr. Vandana Sharma, Visiting Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health & the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
  • Ola Ataya, Psychologist, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, Child Protection & Gender-based Violence Specialist, UNDP Consultant
  • Sawsan Nourallah, National Gender Analyst, UNDP Lebanon
  • Lama Jradi, Senior Psychosocial Support Supervisor, ABAAD

*For more information on the first webinar in this series, please visit: www.sparkblue.org/GBV-SDGs-1.

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