Projects / Strengthening Violence Prevention Programming

Community Healing and Rebuilding Program


2016 – Present

Oxfam in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea


Collective Action has been working with Oxfam in Papua New Guinea since 2016 to enhance the effectiveness of their violence prevention strategy. We are leading the design and trial of the Community Healing and Rebuilding Program – a new trauma-informed violence prevention program that draws on the combined strengths of group therapy, community healing, and community development approaches. This ground-breaking work received the World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative Development Marketplace Award for innovation in the prevention and response to gender-based violence.

The program design process included a scoping study to identify the needs of communities, co-design workshops with Oxfam staff and local partner organisations, and in-depth training of project staff. Collective Action is committed to supporting Papua New Guinea’s leadership; we provide regular training and coaching to equip staff with the knowledge and skills required to lead this work in the future, including training and coaching in gender, family and community violence, trauma-informed approaches, self-care, social research, program design and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.

Collective Action is also leading a violence prevalence study with Oxfam in Papua New Guinea. We facilitated a co-design process with Oxfam staff and local partner organisations to design the study, including the survey questions and methodology, and trained staff from Oxfam partner organisations to implement the research. We provide regular training and support to the research team to implement the study.