Partners for Prevention (P4P)

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Partners for Prevention (P4P) is a UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UNV regional joint programme for Asia and the Pacific that provides new knowledge and technical support to prevent gender-based violence (GBV) in the region.

P4P promotes evidence-based approaches to programming and policy advocacy. P4P encourages actions based on what we know about root causes of violence, and what works to prevent it. This includes activities directly related to understanding masculinities and violence. P4P provides technical assistance to UN agencies, government and civil society partners upon request, convenes cross-border exchanges at the regional level. P4P also supports project design and monitoring processes, research on GBV, campaigning and capacity development trainings.

Violence is preventable

The Asia-Pacific region has some of the highest reported levels of gender-based violence in the world. More than a third of women aged 15-49 in Bangladesh, Thailand, Samoa, and Viet Nam have faced some form of violence in their lives (WHO, 2005 & 2011). Decades of work and the commitment of many have led to some significant advances in awareness, laws and policies. Yet, there has been little to no measured decrease in violence in the region. It is essential, therefore, that we consider primary prevention as part of a comprehensive response to violence. And we know - violence can be prevented. We now have more information about the drivers and solutions to violence. There is no single factor that causes gender-based violence, but rather many factors that interact at different levels. Consequently, prevention interventions require multi-pronged approaches to reduce the overall level of violence in the medium- to long-term by influencing the underlying determinants of GBV. To be effective, prevention interventions must be coordinated among individuals, communities and institutions. These can range from those aimed at shifting gender norms and reducing childhood exposure to violence, to reforming laws and strengthening the justice system.


There are 3 main project areas that are closely integrated: research, capacity development and communication for social change.


P4P provides comprehensive technical support to national partners to conduct rigorous research with men across the region. P4P also works with partners to apply research findings to develop evidence-based programmes and policies.
P4P coordinates a multi-country and multi-method regional research project - The Change Project[1] - that is consolidating a body of knowledge on gender, masculinities and power to inform evidence-based responses for prevention. This regional research project is based on the recognized need to understand men’s perpetration of violence to inform more effective prevention policies and programmes. Thus, The Change project research is providing, for the first time, cross-country comparable data on GBV from the perspective of men, using a combination of quantitative, qualitative and political analysis methodologies.Based on a data set of more than 10,000 men and 2,000 women The Change Project will provide an unprecedented basis for complex analysis on masculinities and violence in the region. Together with other research, The Change Project data helps to create a holistic picture of the factors associated with different types of violence to inform GBV prevention policy and programming across the region.

Capacity development and enhancing projects

P4P works to strengthen the capacity of civil society, UN and government practitioners to understand the causes and effects of violence and how to design and implement meaningful programmes and policies to prevent violence. As part of our learning approach, we convene key groups and support networks of partners throughout the region to share knowledge in terms of what works and what else is needed. P4P provides assistance to partners to refine projects in line with best practices and evidence in the region and globally. We provide technical support to strengthen prevention interventions, for example, by offering advice on how to involve boys and men in ending violence against women. P4P helps design and conduct trainings on violence prevention for specific groups. We develop and consolidate capacity development approaches, tools, and materials that are applicable to prevention approaches. We build a sustainable pool of trainers and resource people for the region, as well as support national capacity development initiatives. P4P also seeks to build synergies between global and local knowledge and best practices, and facilitates regional cooperation and collaboration. This includes supporting two sub-regional consortiums of practitioners to undertake coordinated capacity development initiatives in South Asia and East & Southeast Asia. Each consortium promotes critical knowledge on masculinities, power, gender-justice, and violence prevention through collective learning, curriculum development, partnership and mentorship. P4P values the role of volunteerism as an important means of working at the community level. Through the coordination of local volunteer networks and UN Volunteers, we are learning more about volunteering and violence prevention from selected pilots at the community level around the region.

Communication for social change

P4P assists with the design and implementation of communication strategies aimed at GBV prevention. We help with campaign design including messages and tools targeting specific groups. For example, P4P recently supported campaigns in four countries to raise awareness among young people – with boys and men as a primary audience - on violence prevention using social media platforms. We advocate for strategic communication approaches that are informed by research, based on evidence of what has worked in the past and that incorporate strong monitoring and evaluation practices. P4P communicates research findings among selected target audiences, including media, policymakers, youth, UN agencies, NGOs, academia and other target groups through various communication tools, ranging from policy briefs and public service announcements, to journal articles and webinars.


  1. The Change Project Understanding gender, masculinities and power to prevent gender-based violence (Brochure, Partners for Prevention)

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