Main findings end evaluation Hands Off 1 (2015-2019)

Hands Off 1
Last updated on: 27 February 2024

In 2019 the first phase of the Hands Off programme (2015-2019) was evaluated by Impact Consulting. The largely qualitative study found that the Hands Off programme has been successful in reducing both individual and structural violence in all five programme countries, to varying degrees. This has had a significant impact on the lives of the sex workers whom it has reached.

The evaluation included a desk review and primary data collection (interviews and focus group discussions) in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. 176 individuals participated, including 106 sex workers and paralegals, 43 key informants, such as police, media, health care workers, NGO representatives and government officials) and 43 programmatic staff members of Aidsfonds and implementing partners.

This executive summary presents the main findings of the end evaluation. For more information on the Hands Off programme or the report, you can contact I. van Beekum <>.