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Project ID:00112285Description:Liberia Spotlight Programme
Spotlight Initiative Fund
Start Date *: 19 Sep 2018
End Date*: 31 Dec 2022
Country: Liberia Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Programme Description

Liberia has an estimated population of 4.8 million, roughly half of which is under the age of 18. Strong patriarchal social norms are deeply rooted in the society and violence against women and girls is widely accepted. Thus, Liberia ranks 177th out of 188 countries on the Gender Inequality Index. However, the newly elected government has indicated a strong focus on improving the realization of women’s and girls’ rights in its recently launched five-year development plan, the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development, which is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.

The primary purpose of the programme is to reduce the prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices and increase women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Number of beneficiaries: 613,578 (direct) | 1,987,701 (indirect beneficiaries).

Recipient UN Organizations: UN Women, UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF and OHCHR.


Spotlight Country Programme Focal Point at the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office: Chencho Dorjee; Email:


The total investment from the EU and the UN agencies for Phase I (2019 – 2020) and Phase II (2021-2022) is USD 25,455,967 and is distributed according to the following;

  • Legislative and Policy Frameworks (outcome 1): At the national level, Spotlight will advocate for full implementation of the Law Reform Policy and amending the Domestic Violence Law in line with human rights standards and principles. At the community level, Spotlight will engage with traditional leaders to align customary laws with national laws on prevention and response to violence against women and girls.
  • Institutions (outcome 2): The programme will strengthen the capacity of all relevant institutions at national and community levels to better coordinate and implement prevention and response measures that address sexual and gender-based violence, harmful practices and sexual and reproductive health and rights. To ensure consideration of women’s needs in budgetary planning, Spotlight will strengthen coordination with relevant actors and integrate gender-responsive budgeting and planning in the processes of all concerned institutions.  
  • Prevention and social norms (outcome 3): To eliminate harmful social norms and practices, Spotlight will target influential community stakeholders, such as traditional leaders and elders, in local and rural areas. The stakeholders will be involved in dialogues and skills-building to ensure changes in their attitudes towards harmful practices and norms, which will lead to systematic change in their communities. Spotlight will develop a national prevention strategy for the reduction of female genital mutilation, teenage pregnancy and child marriage and will work closely with traditional groups to remove female genital mutilation from their rituals by replacing it with another cultural/heritage initiation practice.
  • Services (outcome 4): Spotlight will address the stigma and discrimination that hinder women and girl survivors, LGBTIQ-identifying individuals, women with disabilities and other vulnerable groups to access services. Spotlight will strengthen the capacity of health and social service providers through training and mentorship.
  • Data (outcome 5): Spotlight will standardize the tools and methods for data collation and information dissemination to support decision-making and policy development. The tool will provide monthly gender-based violence data at local, regional and national levels, ensuring that national and international standards are met.
  •  Women’s Movement and Civil Society (outcome 6): The programme will bring together the Women’s NGO Secretariat of Liberia, Women in Peacebuilding Network, Rural Women Association, Liberia Feminist Forum, and others to develop strategic interventions that promote accountability and transparency in ending all forms of violence against women and girls. Spotlight will also strengthen the technical capacity of CSOs to influence and advocate in public policy, planning and monitoring.


  1. Comprehensive Prevention Strategy approaches: As first of its kind on both national and regional level in Liberia, the strategy looks at the interplay of various factors at individual, family, community and institutional levels and identifies multiple drivers of violence. It facilitates community-driven solutions that address root causes of violence and identifies actions for all stakeholders to prevent violence against women and girls. One of the interventions is the integration of Alternative Rites of Passage for female genital mutilation into existing cultures and traditions by working with cultural leaders.
  2. Empowerment of adolescent girls: Spotlight will provide livelihood support, mentoring and coaching on sexual and reproductive health and rights and negative cultural practices. Spotlight will mentor and train 1,325 female students, including those of discriminated and marginalized groups, via academia and local civil society organizations to build their capacity as community leaders, mobilizers and monitors, and engage them as key programme implementers. The girls will also receive on-the-job training in technology, data collection etc. In this way, the programme will promote sustainable opportunities for women and girls, while improving girls’ livelihoods and education.
  3. Building synergies across networks and working with men and boys: Spotlight will partner with the National Council of Chiefs and Elders, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Paramount Chiefs and Traditional leaders, male networks and women’s movement groups to support them as agents of change at institutional and community levels. The programme will engage with men and boys to identify preventive factors and response strategies to violence. New approaches to masculinity and family will be constructed to develop new standards of male behavior, especially for youth, through existing networks and school programmes.
  4. New technologies: An integrated sexual gender-based violence Information Management System will consolidate the current fragmented data collection and analysis across the country for sexual gender-based violence, harmful practices and sexual and reproductive health and rights. U-reporting will be used for community mobilization and monitoring to ensure that young people have their voices heard on issues that affect them.
  5. Private sector engagement: Spotlight will coordinate and collaborate with private sector companies using public private partnership modules (concession companies in the counties who are not traditional UN programmatic partners) to look at possibilities of employment and financial inclusion for women in terms of grants, job opportunities and other empowerment programmes.
  6. Operational innovation: In support of the 2030 Agenda, Spotlight will incorporate the reforms of the United Nations Development System, by;(1) Establishing field presence through hiring of national staff. This will ensure a harmonized approach to communities and will strengthen joint programming.(2) Applying a joint implementation approach through the ‘Delivering as One UN’ Approach. Implementation will be made easier as agencies support each another, through shared office spaces, transportation, meeting venues, etc. This will reduce costs to ensure smooth and timely implementation as well as clear accountability roles for all actors. (3) Benefiting from a common knowledge management system to support programming. For example, the Programme Management and Coordination being housed in the Resident Coordinator’s office will enable all agencies to access guidance on various issues.

Spotlight Calls for Proposals for Implementing Partners:

UNDP: Call for Proposal to support and strengthen capacity of CSOs to effectively advocate and lobby for change in laws and policies that are discriminatory against women, as well as raising awareness on the existing legal and policy frameworks that seek to address SGBV and HPs. Closing date: 25 October 2019


Spotlight Job Postings and Consultancies:

No ongoing vacancies.




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