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Project Start/End Dates

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 Nov 2009 - 31 Jan 2013
  • China 15 Jun 2009 - 14 Jun 2012
  • Macedonia 1 Sep 2009 - 31 Aug 2012
  • Panama 1 Jan 2010 - 31 Dec 2012
  • Serbia November 2012 - 31 May 2015
  • Solomon Islands 1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2017
  • Uruguay 1 Jan 2012 - 30 Jun 2015

 

 UN Trust Fund to End VAW Reports


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Vision 2015, the UN Trust Fund’s Strategy 2010-2015 - The UN Trust Fund’s Strategy for 2010-2015, entitled “Vision 2015”, builds on an independent external evaluation completed in 2009 and identifies the key roles the Fund can play in the coming years in driving country- and local-level implementation of existing policies and laws, serving as a global hub of knowledge on “what works”, and catalyzing strong and coherent UN action to support countries in addressing the pandemic. Grounded in the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, the strategy capitalizes on the Fund’s unique potential to directly advance the campaign’s goals on the ground. The document is available below in the 'recent documents' section.
Meet UN Trust Fund grantees - Women in Cities International – Argentina, India, Russia, and Tanzania While the rapid pace of urbanization throughout the world presents new opportunities for people to build their homes and lives, urban spaces also sharpen existing inequalities and give rise to new ones. For women, fear of violence is a significant barrier to their mobility and well-being in cities. Working in four cities on four continents – Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Delhi in India, Petrozavodsk in Russia, and Rosario in Argentina– Women in Cities International identifies effective policies, tools and strategies to build more gender-inclusive cities that are safer cities for women to live, move around and work in. Access video here: http://www.youtube.com/user/UNWomen#p/c/2/ec3f1Ph1F_8
2010 Annual Report of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women The 2010 Annual Report of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) highlights innovative programmes and promising practices in the field of ending violence against women and girls. Results described in this report focus on the UN Trust Fund’s investments in three priority areas: prevention, expanding access to survivor services, and strengthening implementation of laws, policies and action plans. In 2010, the UN Trust Fund distributed US$10.1 million to 13 initiatives in 18 countries and territories, which are expected to reach an estimated 2.43 million beneficiaries. To date, the UN Trust Fund has supported 317 programmes in 124 countries and territories with over $60 million in grants. Link: http://www.unwomen.org/publications/the-united-nations-trust-fund-to-end-violence-against-women-annual-report-2010/.
Meet UN Trust Fund grantees - Equal Access, Nepal In Nepal, Equal Access uses the radio to raise awareness on violence against women and HIV. Reaching over a million listeners, the program inspires women and men to protect and empower everyone in their community. Before this initiative, women had nowhere to go for help. Now, the number of women receiving services has doubled in the project areas. And, the number of men supporting interventions to end violence against women has increased five-fold. Access the video here: http://www.youtube.com/user/UNWomen#p/c/10/rS53U9dPmks
The 2011 Annual Report of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women highlights a compelling range of achievements by grantees across the Trust Fund's active portfolio of 96 projects in 86 countries. The report features pioneering initiatives that are engaging new allies to prevent violence, helping survivors rebuild their lives by connecting them with critical services, and ending impunity for gender-based violence by making justice systems work for women. With a total investment of over US$ 61 million, UN Trust Fund-supported programmes target all forms of violence against women and girls, advancing effective strategies to both respond to the needs of survivors and to prevent violence before it occurs. In 2011, the UN Trust Fund completed its 15th grant-making cycle awarding US$ 17.1 million to 22 initiatives in 34 countries, with an expected reach of over 6 million women and girls between 2011 and 2014. Link: http://www.unwomen.org/publications/un-trust-fund-to-end-violence-against-women-annual-donor-report-2011/)
Uruguay - Conference Room at the Mayor’s Office of the Department of Maldonado. A journalist expresses her opinion after having participated as part of the audience of the role play of an interview to people who have suffered gender based violence within the household. (31 August 2012)
UN Trust Fund Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management Framework 2008-2011 - One of the most pressing needs in the field of programming to address violence against women and girls is the dearth of knowledge, based on evidence and evaluation, of what approaches work most effectively to ensure that women and girls live a life free of violence. As a leading UN grant-making mechanism for supporting national, regional and international actions on ending violence against women, the UN Trust Fund is uniquely placed to make significant contributions to the global knowledge base in this critical field. The Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management Framework guides the UN Trust Fund in generating and utilizing evaluative knowledge from the grants it supports. Its overall aim is to ensure that the UN Trust Fund is fully equipped to systematically generate, capture and disseminate knowledge through increased investments in monitoring and evaluation, for the benefit of UN sister agencies, policy-makers and practitioners all over the world.
China - 2012 Training on the Multi-Sectoral Cooperation DV Referral Handbook in Jingyuan County.
Meet UN Trust Fund grantees - Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre, Nigeria One third of Nigerian women have experienced violence in the family. Furthermore, forced sex and the inability to negotiate condom use due to fear of violence place women under a high risk of HIV infection and consequent stigmatization in their communities. Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRRDOC) breaks new ground in halting violence and the spread of HIV by developing community mechanisms such as Anti-Violence Committees headed by men, including traditional leaders, to advocate for changed mindsets of men in gender equality issues. In addition, CIRDDOC empowers women survivors of violence and HIV-positive women to claim their rights, and builds the capacity of duty bearers to deliver justice to women. Watch video here: http://www.youtube.com/user/UNWomen#p/c/3/GiOvW6WV6OQ
UN Trust Fund’s knowledge product: The UN Trust Fund's policy paper "Effective approaches to addressing the intersection of violence against women and HIV/AIDS" includes a set of key recommendations for action, based on the findings from programmes supported by the UN Trust Fund around the world. Investing in long term interventions challenging stigma, discrimination and harmful norms against women and girls is investing in a future with zero violence and HIV/AIDS is how all the findings of the paper can be summed up. Link: http://www.unwomen.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/UNTF_2012_VAW-and-HIV.pdf
China - 2012 Jingyuan Vocational School Peer Educating.
China - 2011 Ningxiang White Ribbon Campaign.
Uruguay - Conference Room at the Mayor’s Office of the Department of Maldonado. Ms. Cristina Polo presents what “news with a gender perspective” are to the participants of the “National Workshop on journalism, childhood, adolescence and gender”. (31 August 2012)
Meet UN Trust Fund grantees - Lawyers Collective Women’s Rights Initiative, India In India, Lawyers Collective Women’s Rights Initiative (LCWRI) bridges critical gaps in the implementation of the 2005 Protection of Women from Domestic Violence (PWDV) Act. LCWRI produced a Handbook on the Law of Domestic Violence, and trained a cadre of officials – including judicial personnel, protection officers, service providers – to implement the Act. The handbook is now widely institutionalized in the country. With a new grant, LCWRI trains key state agencies on a multi-agency protocol for effective response to women survivors of violence. LCWRI also publishes an annual evaluation on the PWDV Act’s implementation, highlighting emerging trends, gaps and good practices in different Indian states. The latest report was launched in December 2010, in the presence of the President of India. Watch video here: http://www.youtube.com/user/UNWomen#p/c/750A3ECDABFA6A7C/0/ANrBGE5jRGI
UN Trust Fund’s film: Fighting for our Dreams -In Guatemala, the UN Trust Fund is developing the capacity and skills of young indigenous girls to pilot gender-based violence prevention strategies. Using GPS systems, girls are mapping their communities and raising their safety concerns with traditional leaders. Link:http://vimeo.com/52826888
China - 2012 Training on Police Handbook in Yilong County.
Uruguay - Conference Room at the Mayor’s Office of the Department of Maldonado. The picture presents local TV channel coverage of the “National Workshop on journalism, childhood, adolescence and gender”. The focus of the section was “news with a gender perspective”. (31 August 2012)
China - 2012 Jingyuan Vocational School Peer Educating.
Evaluation Report: United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women - The UN Trust Fund underwent an external evaluation between December 2008 and October 2009. The evaluation assessed the overall implementation and effectiveness of its 2005-2008 Strategy; identified strengths and weaknesses that have implications for its future managerial, programmatic, and funding directions; and provided forward-looking recommendations. Overall, the evaluation affirmed the UN Trust Fund as a relevant, effective and efficient mechanism for expanded investments to address VAW/G – including in responding to survivors’ needs, increasing the capacity of duty bearers, and raising awareness of the gravity of the issue. While the results were found to be commensurate with the resources invested, the evaluation pointed to monitoring and knowledge sharing as one of main challenges to be addressed if the Fund’s potential and opportunities are to be fully realized.
China - Mme. Li Community Center for Women, Yilong County.
Meet UN Trust Fund grantees - Raising Voices, Uganda SASA! (Start, Awareness, Support, Action) is a ground-breaking, internationally-recognized model of community-mobilization to stop violence against women and the spread of HIV. Engaging all actors in the community – women, men, cultural and religious leaders, local officials, police, health-care providers – SASA! fosters critical reflection on gender and power and instigates local-level activism. Raising Voices replicates SASA! to advance the implementation of laws and policies in Uganda and up to six other locations in the region to address the twin pandemics. Watch video here: http://www.youtube.com/user/UNWomen#p/c/750A3ECDABFA6A7C/1/mZexCd59EX
About

Overview

The United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) is a leading multilateral grant-making mechanism exclusively devoted to supporting national and local efforts to end violence against women and girls. Established in 1996 by UN General Assembly Resolution 50/166, the UN Trust Fund is administered by UN Women on behalf of the UN system. As an inter-agency mechanism, the UN Trust Fund’s operations benefit from the technical assistance and synergies available through UN Women and the UN system. To date, the Fund has benefited from the collaboration of over 20 UN partners at global and field levels – alongside NGOs, other experts and select government representatives.

With a focus on advancing the implementation of policies, laws, and action plans, the UN Trust Fund invests in initiatives that translate policy promises into concrete deliverables with tangible results, affecting concrete benefits for women and girls survivors of violence, and contributing to prevention of violence in the long run.

Through 2012, the UN Trust Fund has delivered more than $86 million to 351 initiatives in 128 countries and territories. This support has been crucial, enabling governments, non-governmental organizations, and UN Country Teams to engage diverse groups – including women’s, men’s and youth groups, human rights organizations, indigenous and rural communities, traditional leaders, and the media – in addressing violence against women and girls. The Fund has also provided some of the initial funding to today’s leading initiatives for ending violence against women and girls. Examples include Breakthrough’s “Ring the Bell” campaign that has reached over 130 million people in India and is now going global with the UN Secretary-General as its champion, as well as the “Safe Cities for Women” initiative that began in Latin America and is evolving into a worldwide effort with support from the United Nations and various government and civil society partners.

In 2008, the UN Secretary-General launched his signature campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women. In recognition of the UN Trust Fund as one of the leading and long-standing inter-agency initiatives in the struggle to end violence against women and girls, UNiTE calls for $100 million in annual contributions for the UN Trust Fund by 2015.

By placing emphasis on supporting action where it matters most – at country and especially local and community levels – the UN Trust Fund is uniquely positioned to contribute to the advancement of the outcomes of UNiTE on the ground. The findings of a large scale external evaluation of the UN Trust Fund, conducted between December 2008 and October 2009, affirm the Fund as a relevant, effective and efficient mechanism for expanded investments to address violence against women and girls.

 

Assistance Strategy of the UN Trust Fund

The UN Trust Fund nurtures innovation, catalyzes change and mobilizes key actors and constituencies to protect women and girls from violence. The UN Trust Fund targets resources to three priority areas:

  • Preventing violence against women and girls through empowering women and girls especially at risk of violence – including adolescent girls and indigenous or ethnic minority women – and engaging strategic groups such as youth, men and boys, and traditional and faith-based leaders in prevention efforts;
  • Expanding survivors’ access to services, including legal assistance, psychosocial counseling, health care and other support services, and building the capacity of service providers to respond effectively to the needs of women and girls affected by violence; and
  • Strengthening implementation of laws, policies and action plans on violence against women and girls through data collection and analysis, building capacities of professionals charged with implementation, and strengthening institutions to become more effective, transparent and accountable in addressing violence against women.

Furthermore, the UN Trust Fund places special emphasis on programmes addressing the intersections of violence against women and HIV/AIDS as well as those working with particularly vulnerable populations, such as survivors of sexual violence in conflict, post-conflict and unstable situations.  

The UN Trust Fund’s strategy through 2015 is grounded in the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, capitalizing on the unique role of the Fund to deliver resources to concrete actions on the ground. The strategy centers on:

1. Translating the promise to end violence against women and girls into practice:
Intensifying efforts to turn policy pledges into reality for women and girls by expanding the quality and quantity of support available for effective prevention and support programmes on the ground.

2. Paving the way to knowledge-based action on ending violence against women and girls: Generating and disseminating knowledge on ‘what works’ in the field of ending violence against women, and serving as a hub of knowledge on best practices for adaptation and expansion.

3. Building ownership of the UN Trust Fund throughout the UN System:
Strengthening the role and contributions of the UN system at the global, regional and country levels building on the UN’s commitment to ‘deliver as one’ to advance implementation of national strategies to end violence against women and girls.

 

Governance of the UN Trust Fund

Management Structure

The management structure of the UN Trust Fund is guided by the UNDG Multi Donor Trust Fund Fiduciary Management Oversight Framework. Clear roles and responsibilities are assigned to each component, in line with the UNDG accountability framework developed for the Multi Donor Trust Funds. The Fund’s management structure comprises of four organs:

1. High Level Steering Committee – the UN Trust Fund’s highest governing organ, chaired by the Executive Director of UN Women. Its key roles and responsibilities include: providing overall policy guidance to the Fund, including on emerging priorities, trends and opportunities; supporting the UN Trust Fund in high-level and strategic outreach and communications, via participation in media interviews, and communiqué with strategic partners; facilitating the expansion of non-traditional partnerships, and assisting in brokering and/or maintaining those partnerships on a case-by case basis; among other functions.

2. The Global Inter-Agency Programme Advisory Committee. Its key roles and responsibilities include: Advising the UN Trust Fund Secretariat on an ongoing bases on policy and programming issues and priorities for grant-making, as well as on recommendations and other items to bring to the attention of the High-Level Committee; becoming champions within the respective UN agencies for collective ownership and responsibility of the UN system towards the UN Trust Fund; and mobilizing UN agency support to enhance policy consistency, coherence and linkages; among other functions.

3. The Regional and/or Sub-Regional Programme Advisory Committees. Their key roles and responsibilities include: supporting the wide dissemination of the UN Trust Fund’s annual global call for proposals; reviewing concept notes from the relevant geographical area, and making recommendations to the UN Trust Fund Secretariat on the basis of the funding guidelines and criteria for approval; and facilitating support to grantees, including through creating linkages between UN Trust Fund grantees and UNDAF priorities on elimination of violence against women, and advising the UN Trust Fund Secretariat on possible synergies that can be created; among other functions.

4. The Secretariat: The UN Trust Fund Secretariat, under the direct supervision of the Chief of the UN Trust Fund, is responsible for the overall management of the UN Trust Fund’s programmes and operations, including the following: managing the grant-making processes, including call for proposals, grant awarding, contract and disbursement processes in compliance with the rules and regulations set in its operational guidelines; mobilizing financial resources for the UN Trust Fund, by developing fundraising strategies, and identifying and cultivating additional contributors to the UN Trust Fund; ensuring that a sound monitoring and evaluation framework is in place, and oversee the monitoring of all programmes funded by the UN Trust Fund, including fulfillment of all reporting requirements of grantees; and preparing annual reports on UN Trust Fund activities for the Committee on the Status of Women and Human Rights Council and donors, as required; among other functions.

Administrative Agent

UN Women serves as the Administrator for the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women on behalf of the UN system, and is responsible for entering into standard agreements with the Fund’s donors and into contracts with the Fund’s grantees. The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF) serves as the Administrative Agent for six country-level UN Joint Programmes funded by the UN Trust Fund in Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Panama, Uruguay and Serbia.

 

Grant Making

UN Trust Fund awards grants annually through an open, competitive and transparent process that ensures quality programming and rigour in the selection of grantees. The Call for Proposals is distributed widely for a global reach.

In its grantee selection, the UN Trust Fund places a priority on applications that demonstrate evidence-based interventions built on multi-sectoral approaches and collaboration between various stakeholders, investment in systematic and comprehensive documentation and evaluation aimed at generating and sharing knowledge, and approaches tailored to meet the diverse needs of particularly excluded or disadvantaged groups. The UN Trust Fund provides funds to non-governmental organizations, governments, and, since 2008, to Joint Programmes of UN Country Teams.

Since 2008, the UN Trust Fund has awarded grants to 13 UN Country Team programmes. The Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office serves as the Administrative Agent for six of these grants, namely:

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: “Preventing and Combating Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina”
  • China: “Preventing and Responding to Domestic Violence in China through a Multisectoral Approach” 
  • The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: “Strengthening National Capacities to Prevent Domestic Violence” 
  • Panama:  “Community Inter-Institutional Alliance to Prevent, Control and Give Attention to Violence against Women”
  • Uruguay: “Uruguay unites to end violence against women, girls and adolescents”
  • Serbia: "Integrated Response to Violence against Women in Serbia"

The seven other UN Country Team grants of the UN Trust Fund to date are:

  • Belarus: “Developing national capacity to counteract domestic violence in Belarus”
  • Ecuador: “Protection and Restitution of Rights to Victims of Gender-Based Violence in Ecuador” 
  • Mexico: “Development and Evaluation of a Holistic Model to Prevent Gender-Based Violence in Indigenous Populations with an Intercultural Approach” 
  • Nepal: “Multisectoral Gender-Based Violence Response at the District Level in Nepal” 
  • Indonesia: “Combating violence against women and girls in Papua Province, Indonesia”
  • Sri Lanka: “Joint UN Programme on Prevention of and Response to Gender Based Violence in Sri Lanka”
  • Thailand:  “Every Home a Safe Home: Supporting Thailand towards Effective Implementation of the Act on Protection for Domestic Violence Victims” 

These grants have already created synergies between UN agencies, governments, and NGOs, leveraging efforts for prevention and response and capitalizing on the opportunity for organizations on the ground to benefit from the potential that a stronger UN System role can play in enhancing effectiveness and impact in the field of gender-based violence.

Under its 16th Call for proposals which closed on 23 January 2012, the Fund received applications from 50 UNCTs. This further attests to the Fund’s ability to stimulate coordinated action of the UN system for ending VAW/G at country level.

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Key Figures
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Contributions from Donors 6,315,219  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) + 12,073  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) + 32,437  
Total source of funds   6,359,728
Transferred to Participating Organizations 6,283,416  
Refunds from Participating Organizations - 145,414  
Administrative Agent Fee + 63,152  
Direct Cost + 0  
Bank Charges + 205  
Total use of funds   - 6,201,359
Balance with Administrative Agent   158,369
As a percentage of deposits   2.5%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 6,283,416  
Total resources   6,283,416
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 5,909,534  
Refunds from Participating Organizations + 145,414  
Total expenses   - 6,054,948
Balance with Participating Organizations   228,468
As a percentage of transfers   3.6%
Total Balance of Funds   386,837
As a percentage of deposits   6.1%
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Contacts

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Contact Details of the UN Trust Fund

  • Ms. Gulden Turkoz-Cosslett, Director, UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, Email:  gulden.turkoz-cosslett@unwomen.org 

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