Partner violence as a central issue for public health: The Guardian Science interviews Charlotte Watts

How does one collect good data on such a complicated and often hidden subject as domestic violence? And, more importantly, why?

Breaking the Multiple Constraints on Poor Women's Livelihoods

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A summary report on the findings of two pilot projects in West Bengal, India and Sindh, Pakistan, which focused on ‘graduating’ women out of extreme poverty. The projects recognized that extreme poverty is not based solely on a lack of material resources, such as income and assets. It is also invariably due to a lack of human resources (such as education and skills) and social resources (such as supportive kinship relations and community solidarity).

STRIVE researchers' letter in The Lancet: Cross-sector financing for structural interventions

Should the HIV sector meet the entire cost of structural interventions? Or should synergistic development programmes - such as those to keep young girls in schools - be co-financed?

A letter addressing these questions appears in today's edition of The Lancet.

Parivartan - changing gender norms through sport

Parivartan training cards

Practical steps and activities for coaches in the Parivartan programme, leveraging the power of sports mentoring to shift negative gender norms.

The cards cover topics including:

Parivartan manual for coaches

A guide for sports coaches and mentors working with schools and communities in the Parivartan programme to encourage gender equality and reduce gender-based violence. "Parivartan" means "change for the better".

ICRW Parivartan: Coaching Boys into Men

Parivartan uses sports coaching as a tool for teaching young men about gender equity, respect for girls and women, and gender based violence in India. The programme, which was implemented in Mumbai between 2008 and 2012, leveraged the influence of cricket coaches as role models in the lives of adolescent boys, training them to promote gender-equitable attitudes among young athletes between 10 and 16 years old.

Evaluating Structural Interventions - James Thomas

What makes an intervention structural? And how can structural interventions be evaluated? To address these questions, Dr. Thomas uses the example of women's land rights and their influence on HIV transmission.

A professor of epidemiology in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Dr James Thomas is also Deputy Director of the MEASURE Evaluation Project, which helps countries build, monitor and evaluate their public health systems.

The Cash Dividend: World Bank report on cash transfers

The World Bank has released a new report assimilating a range of evidence on the use of cash transfer programs. With The Cash Dividend: The Rise of Cash Transfer Programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, the World Bank hopes to "shift the debate on cash transfers in Africa from whether they are possible to how they can best be implemented". The report draws from a range of sources and programmes in different contexts to illustrate the current state of both conditional and non-conditional cash transfers, including some of the challenges to implementation and efficacy.

From population to HIV: the organizational and structural determinants of HIV outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa

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Analysis testing the impact of organisational and structural factors, particularly those resulting from population interventions, on HIV outcomes at country level in sub-Saharan Africa.

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