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Côte d’Ivoire

Evaluating the Impact of an Economic and Empowerment Intervention on the Prevention of Partner Violence in Côte d’Ivoire

Building on a study conducted in Burundi, this project evaluated whether participation in a savings group and a discussion group confronting gender  norms leads to an increase in women’s individual agency and decision-making ability, and whether those increased capacities will in turn improve their economic independence and decrease intimate partner violence in their homes. The baseline was completed in 2010, and a survey measuring the impacts of the 2010–2011 political conflict on participants in the savings groups was completed in 2011.  The study found that pairing a dialogue group that engages couples on household gender dynamics with an economic empowerment program for women was more effective in reducing intimate partner violence in conflict-affected communities in Côte d’Ivoire than the economic empowerment program alone.


  • Research Brief
  • French - Research Brief
  • Gender norms and economic empowerment intervention to reduce intimate partner violence against women in rural Côte d’Ivoire: a randomized controlled pilot study
  • Gender norms, poverty and armed conflict in Cote D’Ivoire: engaging men in women’s social and economic empowerment programming
  • Journal: Differential Impacts of an Intimate Partner Violence PreventionProgram Based on Child Marriage Status in Rural Côte d’Ivoire