Tipping Point focuses on addressing the root causes of child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) promoting the rights of adolescent girls through community level programming and evidence generation in Nepal and Bangladesh, and multi-level advocacy and cross-learning efforts across the globe.
In a recent two-part blog series on CARE Insights, Tipping Point’s project director Anne Sprinkel, our Nepal team lead Dipendra Sharma, and our research partners at Emory University share some reflections about balancing the needs of an RCT and a heavy implementation package.
When we joined CARE’s Failing Forward podcast, we had little idea that we would discuss everything from logistical nightmares to ethical conundrums related to Tipping Point’s Phase 2 research study. On air. Live. And the day after the famous “Randomistas”, Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee, and Michael Kremer, were awarded a Nobel Prize in economics for their use of experimental methods in evaluation – also known as the randomized control trial (RCT). See the full blog here
In this response, Cari Jo Clark and Kathryn Yount (Emory University) and Sudhindra Sharma (IDA) responds with reflections on the possibilities and tensions of RCT designs to evaluate programs designed to prevent critical social problems that primarily affect girls and women—such as child, early and forced marriage and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV). Discussions about RCTs are underway in various fields, including in a special series in the journal World Development. The field of GBV prevention has not yet had the same level of public debate, so they share a contribution here. See the full blog here.
Welcome to the first Spotlight of 2020! In this issue, you will find a recap of our Phase 3 Learning and Design Workshop , where many of us came together to learn from each other and look forward to the next four years of the initiative. Additionally, our member spotlight is with Rawnak Jahan of CARE Bangladesh. We’ve also included a brief overview of the baseline studies from Nepal and Bangladesh . Finally, there are a few program updates and resources. Keep reading to see what we’ve been up to at Tipping Point! Sincerely,Tipping Point Global teammates
Phase 3 Learning and Design Workshop
From January 27-31, Tipping Point teammates from across the globe gathered with movement actors, program participants, and colleagues from across the CARE federation to learn about girl-led movement building, cast vision for Phase 3 , and sketch activities surrounding three key areas of work: Influencing how CARE approaches girls’ rights programming, influencing governments and donors to invest in evidence-based and root cause approaches, and increasing girls’ visibility and participation in movements. The workshop generated a series of strategic objectives that will contribute to the success of these workstreams in Phase 3 (July 2020 – December 2023).
Staff Spotlight: Rawnak Jahan
Rawnak holds a master’s degree in Law and has vast experience working in NGOs, INGOs and Regional Organizations on development and women rights. In her professional life at different organizations she has designed, implemented, and monitored different events for promoting of women rights. She has led and participates in a variety of policy enactment movements in Bangladesh, including coordination of the CIDV (Citizen’s Initiative against Domestic Violence), a coalition of more than 25 women rights organizations for enactment and implementation of Domestic Violence Protection and Prevention Act. Rawnak’s passion is to fight against the discrimination and oppression of women, and we are privileged that she is a key member of the Tipping Point team. You can see Rawnak discussing Tipping Point with Laurie Lee, the CEO of CARE UK in this video.
1. What do you do in your position? What’s the most motivating part of your work with Tipping Point?
Currently I am leading the TP Bangladesh team. Generally, I coordinate team members, partners, and our CARE USA counterparts. One of my main responsibilities is organizing and coordinating advocacy initiatives at different levels. My work involves identifying and developing advocacy strategies in coordination with other stakeholders, conducting policy and context analysis, identifying influencing opportunities through key partners or coalitions. I represent Tipping Point in different national networks like Girls Not Bride Bangladesh, Citizens Initiative against Domestic Violence and Men Engagement Alliance. I also lead a process to identify key advocacy issues that are very relevant to bring about a change in social norms and policy improvements for preventing child marriage. Additionally, I support my team for smooth implementation of planned activities. The position also involves working as a senior team member to lead, organize and mainstream gender in all initiatives.
The results are in! Tipping Points’ RCT baseline evaluation is ready. Kudos to Shikha Sunuwar and Rajan Subedi at CARE Nepal, Mahmud Khan at CARE Bangladesh, Sadhvi Kalra at CARE USA, and our partners at icddr,b, GBK, Emory University, Interdisciplinary Analysts, DSDC and SSS for making these products possible.If you missed our Learning Xchange webinar on the findings, have a listen!
We hope you enjoyed the resources, updates, and staff insights from this edition of Spotlight. As always, if you have any ideas, inputs, resources, or updates that you want included here or in the Learning Xchange, please let us know so that it can be arranged
Each country team has developed a map of policy opportunities and a SWOT analysis to prioritize strategies and targets for Phase 3 based on a thorough understanding of their respective context
Girl-led movement groups have now launched in all program areas. In Rangpur (Bangladesh), the girl activists have chosen to advocate for their voices to be heard. In Kapilvastu and Rupandehi (Nepal), the girl activists have chosen to advocate for increased mobility.
Attendance in Tipping Point groups is generally improving, thanks to innovations from the teams on the ground, including snacks for the fathers, adjusting session time and pairing participants together for accountability.
Since the last issue of Spotlight, Tipping Point team members have been busy writing to communicate the program’s impact. Some recent reads include Suraiya Sultana’s Story of Change about how a program participant improved her relationship with her mother, and Suniti Neogy’s blog about how even the most motivated field staff working on sexual and reproductive health and rights can at times get caught in a conflict between their own values and the prevalent socio-cultural norms that control adolescent girls’ sexuality.
While at the Learning & Design workshop, a couple of us spoke and we learned about feminist slam poetry in Nepal. It is, an inspiring way that the feminist movement is expressed in Kathmandu., To share the inspiration, check out this video of Ashmina Ranjit collaborating with poet Gunjan Dixit on Day 2 of Collaborative Artivism: Silence No Longer in 2018. Gunjan performs Eve Ensler’s poem “Bodies”.
Suniti Neogy, Tipping Point’s Gender Advisor, recently had another opportunity to contribute to Tarshi’s In Plainspeak online magazine. In this op-ed, Suniti discusses how even the most motivated field staff working on sexual and reproductive health and rights can at times get caught in a conflict between their own values and the prevalent socio-cultural norms.Access the blog via the link below, or click here for past contributions of Tipping Point Staff to Tarshi publications