Research

At Ujamaa-Africa/NMNK we believe that all projects should include a monitoring and evaluation component to ensure that project’s effectiveness in the community it serves. We practice rigorous scientific methodology, undergo thorough peer review and publish our findings in well known international journals. Click on the links below to view our current projects and previously published findings.

Girls’ Dual Track Study

In 2013, we started our first Dual Track/Boys-Girls intervention study where we taught girls self defence and boy’s transformation in the same schools. We targeted schools outside the slums with lower incidences of sexual assault. 1173 girls and 1250 boys participated in the study.

The annual incidence of rape fell from 11.5% to 6.5% in this group of girls, with 57% of the girls using skills acquired to thwart rape at least once. In addition, boyfriends and friends as perpetrators of sexual violence dropped by 22% in the year following the intervention. The results of this study will be published in early 2014.

Randomized Control Trial

In August 2013 we initiated a Randomized Control Trial (RCT) in primary schools for 12,800 girls and boys in Primary Schools, Class 5-8 in Nairobi. The study shows that we were able to reduce the annual incidence of sexual assault by 37%. 35% of the participants used the skills taught at least once to stop someone from sexually assaulting them. This study was designed and conducted in partnership with researchers from the departments of Pediatrics and Statistics at Stanford University. The results will be published soon.