Schools in Uganda using the Good School Toolkit
Journal articles about our evidenced-based methodologies
Communities using the SASA! approach
Members of the GBV Prevention Network
I thought activism was moving around with a placard and shouting. Now, I know I can do activism in many small ways—in how I treat others, in how I treat my house helper or children. Activism doesn’t have to be something big. Small things mean a lot.
Raising Voices is a place that treats community members with the same respect and inclusivity it does its staff. These porous boundaries between staff and community, the consistent respect for people and their ever-changing ideas, and the trust in people’s ability to use their own logic and experiences to come to the right conclusions [are] transformative.
Being part of a vibrant, self-reflective and striving organization has given me strength and has sustained my own belief that good work should not be ‘just work’ but a manifestation of one’s vision of how life ought to be.
At Raising Voices, we work across three areas to catalyze change: Practice, Learning & Influencing.
Raising Voices develops methodologies to prevent violence and supports partners around the world to adapt and apply these approaches in their communities.
We believe that learning from doing grounds us in reality and gives us credibility. So, we start with ideas, share them, refine them, test them, and when we know they are effective, we scale them. We call this Practice.
Our Violence Prevention Learning Center supports Raising Voices’ partnerships with training, mentorship, technical assistance and more. Using creative formats, we delve into the theories, skills and values required for quality violence prevention. Over the years, we’ve collaborated with over 2,000 schools in Uganda and over 100 organizations across five continents.
All Raising Voices methodologies are grounded in theory and honed to reflect our key principles of violence prevention:
We are relentless in our pursuit of Learning. This makes us rigorous and responsive as we build, hone and apply new knowledge on what it takes to prevent violence.
Raising Voices specializes in practice-based learning—the cumulative knowledge acquired from designing and implementing ideas and methodologies over time, including insights gained from observations, direct experiences and program monitoring data.
Put simply, we elevate learning as a touchstone for transformation and growth. By remaining curious and taking steps to systematically learn (and unlearn), we create space to be reflexive and adaptive in our work.
As activists, we generate knowledge. We strive to stay accountable to our feminist identity throughout all our learning pursuits by:
Preventing violence requires speaking up and transforming unjust power dynamics at all levels. Through our Influencing work, we promote feminist and child-centered perspectives within funding streams, prevention policies and global conversations.
We elevate lessons from our Practice and Learning to shape the broader field of violence prevention. We build relationships by earning trust and credibility. Then, we nurture those relationships. We listen, learn, generate dialogue, and share the insights that emerge. We reach out to people in power, forming a bridge between them and the many people helped—or harmed—by their decisions.
We aim to influence not just content but also the spirit and values underpinning violence prevention efforts worldwide. In solidarity with our partners and allies, Raising Voices is shifting the broader ecosystems that shapes violence prevention work using diverse strategies: