Community for Understanding Scale-Up
The Community for Understanding Scale Up (CUSP) is a temporary working group of nine organizations working across Latin America, Africa, the Pacific, Caribbean, and South Asia with robust experience in scaling social norm change methodologies in various contexts— the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP), Intervention with Microfinance for AIDS and Gender Equity (IMAGE), the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University, Oxfam, Puntos de Encuentro, Raising Voices, Salamander Trust, Sonke Gender Justice, and Tostan.
CUSP originated in 2016, when Raising Voices and Salamander Trust began informal conversations about challenges and opportunities in their own methodologies, SASA! and Stepping Stones respectively, being taken to scale. In response, they organized CUSP, a Community of Practice, to draw on a broader collective of experiences on social norm change interventions to prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG) and improve sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
With over 180 years of combined experience, each member of CUSP has developed a unique methodology designed to promote social norm change. Although the methodologies range from group-based initiatives, community mobilization, and mass media campaigns, they are drawn together by a commitment to key principles, aspirations and value, including:
- Prioritizing agency of the communities with which we work
- Reinforcing positive social norms that contribute to a community’s well-being
- Creating space for questioning and dialogue on the social norms that contribute to inequality
- Recognizing that transforming social norms is fundamentally about challenging the status quo
CUSP represents a unique perspective of evidence-based methodologies from organizations that have worked both autonomously and with a variety of partners to implement, adapt, and/or scale their interventions. Based on the growing demand for social norm change programming from donors, CUSP reflects critically on what it takes to adapt and scale their methodologies effectively and ethically.
Learn more about CUSP ideas:
Presentation for the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Forum, September, 2017 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Presentation for the Social Behavior Change Communication Conference, April 2018, Bali, Indonesia
Presentation for the Wilton Park Conference on Building a Shared Agenda on Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls, May 2019, Steyning, United Kingdom
Presentación de Prevención de la violencia contra mujeres y niñas en América Latina y el Caribe, Junio 2019, Lima, Peru
CUSP 2018 Case Study Collection:
Download the entire Case Study Collection here.
Interested in learning more about CUSP or sharing your experiences about scaling up VAW prevention programming? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Coalition of Feminists for Social Change
The Coalition of Feminists for Social Change (COFEM) is an advocacy collective of thought leaders, activists, practitioners and academics working globally to end violence against women and girls (VAWG). COFEM was formed in 2017, as an outcome of a convening co-hosted by Raising Voices in 2016 where a group of feminist colleagues from humanitarian and development settings around the globe came together to discuss shared concerns in their work for women’s equality, empowerment, and safety. COFEM’s key strength lies in the collective expertise and experience of its diverse members, all of whom have made significant contributions to advancing women’s rights and ending VAWG in humanitarian and development settings across the world.
COFEM strives to:
- provide a forum for connection, discussion, problem solving, mutual support and activism to advance feminist, women-centered strategies for ending VAWG and promoting the rights of women and girls;
- collectively identify and implement strategies and actions to overcome the challenges facing feminist-informed efforts to address VAWG, and make sure that women and girls remain at the center of all efforts to end VAWG.
COFEM launched a series of papers at the SVRI Forum in Brazil in 2017; Feminist perspectives on addressing VAWG:
Paper 1: What does accountability look like?
Paper 2: Reframing language of ‘gender’ and ‘GBV’ away from feminist underpinnings.
Paper 3: Finding the balance between scientific and social change goals, approaches and methods.
Paper 4: Funding priorities.
Paper 5: How do broader protection agendas affect work for women and girls?
Learn all about COFEM and how you can get involved at our new website: www.cofemsocialchange.org