At 89%, Sudan has one of the highest rates of Female Genital Cutting (FGC) (for girls and women aged 15-49) in the world. FGC poses serious physical and mental health risks for girls and women, especially for women who have undergone extreme forms of the procedure as in Sudan.
FGC hinders the full empowerment and involvement of girls and women in many areas of Sudanese society. Without comprehensive and coordinated support to Sudan’s National Strategy its ambitious goal of ending FGC within a generation is unlikely to be achieved.
DFID is currently providing £12 million over 5 years (2013 – 2018) to a programme that will strengthen the enabling institutional environment for tackling FGC in Sudan and will simultaneously make a profound shift in the attitudes and behaviours underpinning the practice by scaling up existing social change communications complemented by community-level interventions that facilitate discussion on FGC.
IMC has been commissioned by DFID to carry out an evaluation of the programme. The theory-based evaluation will
The learning from the evaluation will also inform a planned second 5 year phase of the programme. IMC is working with the University of Portsmouth and Forcier Consulting in Sudan.
Evaluation of Sudan Free of Female Genital Cutting Programme
UK Department for International Development (DFID)
May 13, 2019