Raising Voices

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Headquarters Location: Kampala, Uganda
Founded: 2000


Mission: Raising Voices works to prevent violence against women by addressing the root causes such as traditional gender roles and the imbalance of power between women and men. We focus on primary prevention approaches that attempt to change the attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate violence against women.


Tags: violence against women, technical support, national domestic violence prevention initiative, local activism, community mobilization, monitoring and evaluation, hiv, capacity building, 2011


Raising-voices
Story: Raising Voices works with over 24 organizations in 10 different countries to promote awareness about the vulnerability of young women to the threats of violence and HIV/AIDS. With operations in Kampala, Uganda, Raising Voices provides on-site technical support to community… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
Raising Voices works in the violence prevention field. They support and create programs that change social norms in a given area. Their SASA! program in particular is showing promising results in this area. Raising Voices also does meaningful research and program evaluation in the field. Most notably, experts point out that the organization is doing very interesting research in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
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Leadership
Silhouette-male Lori Michau and Dipak Naker. Lori Michau is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Raising Voices. She has spearheaded the creation of the GBV Prevention Network, now with over 380 members in the Horn, East and Southern Africa. Prior to Raising Voices, Lori was Program Development Coordinator at Jijenge! Women’s Center for Sexual Health in Mwanza, Tanzania. She is author of various articles and program tools… See full bio.


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Contact Info
E-Mail:
info AT raisingvoices.org
Phone:
+256 414 531 186
Facebook:
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Address:
Plot 16 Tufnell Drive, KamwokyaPO Box 6770
 
Kampala, Uganda


Raising-voices Story: Raising Voices works with over 24 organizations in 10 different countries to promote awareness about the vulnerability of young women to the threats of violence and HIV/AIDS. With operations in Kampala, Uganda, Raising Voices provides on-site technical support to community partner organizations in Uganda, Tanzania, India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka; and their materials have been translated into nearly a dozen languages and utilized in 40 different countries. Among their initiatives, the Gender-Based Violence Prevention Network connects its growing membership of over 120 organizations working for change. Raising Voices’ important work has been recognized by the World Health Organization, USAID, and the Center for Disease Control. While Raising Voices operates at a global scale, as a Tides project, it relies on the strong support of US-based back-office management services.

Expert Reviews of Raising Voices

Evidence of Impact Summary:

Raising Voices works in the violence prevention field. They support and create programs that change social norms in a given area. Their SASA! program in particular is showing promising results in this area. Raising Voices also does meaningful research and program evaluation in the field. Most notably, experts point out that the organization is doing very interesting research in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

Experts agree that Raising Voices has strong leadership and superior networking skills. It also has the ability to communicate research results and best practices effectively. The organization also highly responsive and committed to the community it serves. One expert pointed to Raising Voices capacity for deep social reflection as a strength.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

Raising Voices could improve by increasing their ability to network and by improving the way that they share and document their research.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Strong Research and Evaluation

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Their impact is their ongoing research with Watts at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
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They did some really interesting evaluation with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Their focus is more on prevention than on response because so many people work on response. They developed a very good monitoring and evaluation system. Their direct impact is in Uganda. Their evaluation methodology is very sound. Their early findings look good. They share the good and the bad. I appreciate their honesty and integrity.
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Their impact is in their ability to influence practice in the field across countries in Africa. They carry out impact evaluation to demonstrate results and providing training to other organizations in their region.

Network Building

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Raising Voices managed to establish the network on the prevention of gender-based violence in the Horn, East Africa, and Southern Africa.

Changing Social Norms

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Raising Voices is a recognized leader in supporting communities to design and deploy violence prevention programs and social norm changing interventions. Raising Voices is based in Uganda, but operates in several eastern and southern African countries. Their "SASA" program has shown very effective results, especially in parts of Ethiopia, in social norm changing.


Expert Comments: Organization Strengths

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Deep Reflection

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Raising Voices seriously engages in critical social reflections and change.

Community Accountability

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They have a good leadership, good accountability to their community, they are transparent, and they focus on what works in their community. They are also an excellent source of regional technical assistance, a clear advocate on the issue and are moving towards having an evidence-base for their approaches.
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The leadership is excellent, and their model is truly, truly grassroots and community based. It's very effective social norm changing at a local level.

Effective Communication

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They have the ability to communicate results, the ability to package results and approaches.
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Through the "Get Moving Campaign", the organization managed to strengthen members of the network on how to effectively work towards reducing violence against women

Innovative Strategies and Models

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They create great materials, have strong conceptual models, have very strong senior staff.
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They have innovative strategies and good knowledge on the environment in which they work.

Regional Technical Assistance

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They are an excellent source of regional technical assistance, a clear advocate on the issue and they are moving toward having an evidence-base for their approaches.

Strong Communication

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Raising voices has a strong ability to manage its network of members. Another strength is its publications, tool kits, manuals and other like materials for training and education purposes.


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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Improve Outreach

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They could improve their ability to network and their ability to document and share information they've researched.

Less Narrowly Focused

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They could be a little less narrowly focused and a little less doctrinaire, especially with regards to analysis of root causes.

Increase Funding

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They could improve their funding. Also they could improve by maintaining the commitment and participation of its members in keeping the organization and its activities going.


Leadership

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Lori Michau and Dipak Naker
Co-Directors
Lori Michau is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Raising Voices. She has spearheaded the creation of the GBV Prevention Network, now with over 380 members in the Horn, East and Southern Africa. Prior to Raising Voices, Lori was Program Development Coordinator at Jijenge! Women’s Center for Sexual Health in Mwanza, Tanzania. She is author of various articles and program tools including Mobilizing Communities to Prevent Domestic Violence: A Resource Guide for Organizations in East and Southern Africa and the SASA! Activist Kit for Preventing Violence Against Women and HIV. She received her MA in Human Rights from Makerere University in Uganda and has been based in East Africa since 1995.

-- Dipak Naker is the Cofounder and Co-Director at Raising Voices, where he manages the work on preventing violence against children. He is also a Co-founder of Center for Domestic Violence Prevention and serves on the Board of several dynamic organizations, including Twaweza. Dipak has worked with a wide range of people, from rural community members in Uganda to academics in highly respected institutions to prevent violence against children. He is a skilled facilitator of capacity-building processes, and has consulted for various international agencies. He has developed an award winning multiyear, multimedia campaign for preventing violence against children in Uganda and written and edited several substantive publications including the Good School Toolkit that is being used in more than 500 schools. Dipak is passionate about developing practical ways of preventing violence against children.

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