The GAP project

We use a participatory action research (PAR) approach to develop a community-led intervention against GBV. 

PAR is a collaborative research style actively involving research scientists, practitioners, and community members, which aims to change a particular social reality on the basis of insights obtained by means of participatory research.


It combines ‘action’ research – studies conducted in the course of a particular activity to improve the approach of those involved – and ‘participatory’ research – a partnership approach that equitably involves community members, service providers and researchers in all aspects of the research process and in which all partners equally contribute expertise and share decision making and ownership.

In-keeping with the emancipatory and potentially transformative potential of PAR, our focus is on facilitating a process of community change and empowerment. 

Participatory Action Research 

Five stages of PAR

The GAP project uses PAR to develop a community-driven intervention for the prevention of GBV. The four widely recognized stages of this approach involve: reflecting, planning, acting and evaluating. Our team has included ‘engagement’ as a fifth phase in our approach.

Find out more about each stage of the project here