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More than 3,500 projects implemented around the world

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Since its founding in 1965, GOPA has successfully implemented over 3,500 projects in more than 130 countries. At present, over 140 are being carried out. This database provides a selection of projects best illustrating GOPA’s fields of activity.

Prevention of Domestic Violence (II)

Governance and Economic Development
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Donor Organisation: 
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Associated Enterprises: 
IB Internationaler Bund
EPOS Health Management
Project Volume: 
Value of Services: 
Start of project: 
September, 2012
End of project: 
August, 2016
Due to the economic collapse in the wake of the breakdown of the Soviet Union, the civil war in the 1990s and the renaissance of traditional values, domestic violence (DV) has emerged as a widespread phenomenon in Tajikistan; current figures indicate that the majority of Tajik women state that they have ever experienced DV. DV is largely accepted by Tajik society, and there is an in-sufficient awareness among the population that DV constitutes a human rights violation. Hence, the fight against DV in Tajikistan is marked by an ineffective policy and institutional framework, insufficient service provision for victims of DV. This project is a follow-up of the Prevention of Domestic Violence project which was implemented between 2008 and 2012.

Project details


Overall goal: The overall goal is to reduce the level of DV in Tajikistan.


Project goal: The project goal is to reduce the acceptability of DV.

The urgent needs of victims of DV are addressed through improved social services such as psychosocial and legal counselling at Crisis Centres. Awareness campaigns are designed to leverage increased awareness and behaviour change. Also, the project operates at different levels of intervention (policy/macro level and implementation/micro level). The project uses three modes of delivery, namely:
  • Technical assistance to various governmental and non-governmental stakeholders (Committee on Women Affairs and Family Affairs, national line ministries, Police  Academy, local public authorities, local NGOs and community groups and religious leaders);
  • Financial Assistance through the disbursement of grants to local NGOs for service delivery to victims of DV and for outreach work;
  • Awareness raising programmes (called behaviour change communication=BCC) through mass media campaigns (print media, radio, TV, posters, flyers) and community action (mobile theatre, religious leaders).
GOPA maintains a Project Management Unit (PMU) with two offices in the capital city of Dushanbe and in the provincial town of Kurgan-Tyube in Tajikistan’s southern Khatlon region. The PMU staff act as technical advisors to the project partners, administer the disbursement of funds and monitor how they are put to use by the grantees and implement awareness raising campaigns.   Type of services provided
  • Technical assistance to and policy dialogue with stakeholders at policy level, including the national Committee on Women  and Family Affairs;
  • Technical Assistance to stakeholders at the implementation level, including Women Crisis Centers and NGOs in the areas of service delivery for victims of domestic violence (psychosocial, legal, medical) and community outreach;
  • Capacity development and training of the stakeholders involving project partners at national and local level;
  • Management of a grant scheme for Tajik NGOs through call for proposals;
  • Elaboration and implementation of awareness raising campaigns through mass media campaigns and community action;
  • Donor coordination and harmonisation in the domestic violence sub-sector;
  • Knowledge management and best practice documentation;
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  1. The policy and institutional framework and environment for the fight against domestic violence at the national and local level in the project areas are improved (Component Policy and Advocacy).
  2. The access to quality psychosocial and legal services for victims of domestic violence in the project areas is improved (Integrated Services).
  3. People’s awareness on the negative effects of domestic violence increased due to the availability and broad diffusion of high-quality information and communication material (Behaviour Change Communication).