Frontieri was commissioned to conduct Validation of global ACT framework by UNICEF/UNFPA in collaboration with University of Drexel, USA. The ACT Framework is a macro-level, global monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework designed to measure and track changes in social norms around female genital mutilation (FGM). Ethiopia and Guinea were selected to undertake the validation exercise. Validation data collection and analysis have been completed in Ethiopia and are underway in Guinea. Results from the framework validation processes in Ethiopia and Guinea will be considered in tandem in order to finalize the macro-level tools and indicators and to release the final version of the global ACT Framework for use across multiple UNJP countries.

The final global ACT Framework Validation was held on 27th February 2020 at Momona Hotel in Addis Ababa. The purpose of the validation workshop is to provide an opportunity to present and discuss the findings from the Global ACT field validation process in Ethiopia. Overall, 23 participants from UNJP CO, Drexel University, Frontieri consult, key stakeholders working on FGM from government and non-government organizations participated on the workshop. The validation workshop commenced with an opening speech by Mr. Abebaw Bogale, Coordinator National Alliance to End FGM and CM from Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs (MoWCY), followed by keynote addresses of Ms. Mathilde Renault, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF and Dr. Belaineh Legesse, Managing Partner Ethiopia of Frontieri.

The workshop involved presentations on the findings of the ACT framework, overall process of the validation exercise, and finding from UNJP Ethiopia report by Frontieri and Drexel University. In addition, discussions on the presentations and group discussions on the macro-level tools were conducted. After presenting most of the findings, participants broke out into groups to discuss on all data collections tools. The data collection tools were listing tool, participant selection tool, structured interview tool, focus group discussion tool and In-depth interview tool. The participants provided their valuable comments and feedback to further improve and finalize the macro-level tools of ACT framework.

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