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Lessons from the Gender-Based Violence Initiative in the Democratic Republic of Congo

In 2015, AIDSFree conducted a review of the PEPFAR Gender-Based Violence Initiative (GBVI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, and Tanzania. The $55 million, three-year, interagency initiative integrated GBV prevention and response into existing HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs at health facility, community, and policy levels. AIDSFree used qualitative data collection methods to review the GBVI in all three countries to inform programming, specifically the integration of GBV prevention and response into the context of the HIV cascade of services. The review sought to identify lessons that can inform PEPFAR and other donor initiatives in designing future investments in GBV prevention and response.

In the DRC, the AIDSFree team reviewed 21 documents and gathered information in Kinshasa from 26 global and in-country stakeholders including implementing partners, CBOs, NGOs, government officials, U.S. Government agencies, United Nations organizations, and Congolese service providers. This report presents findings and describes lessons learned from the GBVI in the DRC.