NMNW has invested in academic, peer reviewed research on programming since 2009. 
NMNW has four published papers in major scientific journals in collaboration with Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University. One randomized control trial (RCT) has been accepted by Prevention Science for publication in 2017 and two RCTs are in process.  


Malawi - Randomized control trial on girls Program

Presented as an abstract at the International Conference on Violence Prevention: From Scientific Excellence to Effective Practice (to be published in 2017).

Article Coming soon

Kenya - Randomized control trial on girls & boys program

Research conducted by DFID as part of the What Works to Prevent Violence. Data collection and analysis in process.

Article Coming soon

Kenya - Randomized control trial on girls program

To be published in Prevention Science.

Research conducted by Stanford University on the impact of the girls program reducing the incidence of sexual assault.

Article coming soon

Evidence that Classroom-Based Behavioral Interventions Reduce Pregnancy-Related School Dropout Among Nairobi Adolescents

Published in Health Education & Behavior.

This study evaluates the effect of behavioral, empowerment-focused interventions on the incidence of pregnancy-related school dropout among girls in Nairobi’s informal settlements. Analysis reveals that pregnancy-related school dropout decreased by 46%.


The Impact of a Six-Week School Curriculum on Boys's Attitudes and Behaviors Related to Gender Based Violence in Kenya

Published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

This study evaluates boys attitudes and behaviors towards girls and women. Evidence shows both improved significantly after receiving NMNW programming and were sustained 1 year later. specifically, 74% of boys who witnessed sexual assault successfully intervened to stop it. 


Rape Prevention Through Empowerment of Adolescent Girls

Published in the Pediatrics Journal.

This study evaluated an empowerment and self-defense training intervention for adolescent girls in the African context. This intervention proved highly effective at preventing sexual assault and should be replicable in other countries in sub-Saharan Africa and around the world.


A Self-Defense Program Reduces the Incidence of Sexual Assault in Kenyan Adolescent Girls

Published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

A standardized 6-week empowerment defense program is effective in reducing the incidence of sexual assault in slum-dwelling high school girls in Nairobi, Kenya.