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Project ID:00111644Description:Uganda Spotlight Programme
Spotlight Initiative Fund
Start Date *: 24 Aug 2018
End Date*: 31 Dec 2022
Country: Uganda Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Programme Description

Despite overall improvements in indicators related to forms of violence against women and girls, gender-based violence is still a major concern in Uganda: 56 per cent of women have experienced spousal violence and 22 per cent have experienced sexual violence. Uganda is also the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, 82 per cent of whom are women and children. Since 2017, over 9000 new cases of gender-based violence were reported in refugee settlements. Uganda ranks 162nd on the Gender Inequality Index.

In Uganda, the Spotlight Initiative will pilot innovations and scale-up evidence-based models to comprehensively address violence against women and girls. The programme will combat harmful practices, strengthen sexual education and promote sexual and reproductive health rights, contextualized to a post-conflict environment.

Number of beneficiaries: 6,282,707 (direct) | 38,823,100 (indirect). 

Recipient UN organizations: UN Women, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNDP and UNHCR.


Spotlight Country Programme Focal Point at the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office: Luta Shaba; Email:; Tatsuhiko Furumoto; Email:


The total investment from the EU for Phase I (2019-2020) and Phase II (2021-2022) is USD 31,428,571 and is distributed according to the following;

  • Policies and legislation (outcome 1): The programme will bring together civil society organizations, religious and cultural leaders, refugees, and women’s rights defenders to assess, develop, and implement policies and legislation such as the Domestic Violence Act and will push for criminalizing marital rape.
  •  Institutions (outcome 2): Spotlight will further the work of the Social Development Sector Plan that prioritizes gender issues in annual plans and budgets and facilitate the delivery of the Children’s Act that brings sexual education to youth in and out of school at multiple levels of learning.
  •  Prevention (outcome 3): Spotlight will engage in holistic, gender-transformative approaches that shift attitudes, behaviours, norms and practices to redefine power relations at individual, community, organizational and societal levels, e.g. by using the Gender Roles Equality and Transformation toolkit that promotes gender-equitable attitudes and behaviours among adolescents in post-conflict communities.
  •  Services (outcome 4): Spotlight will address the specific needs of refugees, victims suffering from multiple forms of discrimination, and other vulnerable groups. Mobile sexual and reproductive health camps integrated with knowledge of violence against women and girls will transport survivors to hospitals, recruit midwives in remote and refugee communities, and establish mobile courts in refugee settlements.
  •  Data (outcome 5): Spotlight will strengthen existing data management systems and institutional capacity to analyze and synthesize disaggregated data on violence against women and girls, harmful practices, and sexual and reproductive health rights to inform laws, policies, and programmes. Spotlight will scale up the Community Information System to collect annual, district-level prevalence data on harmful practices and violence against women and girls.
  •  Women’s Movement and Civil Society (outcome 6): Spotlight will invest in an inclusive and active women’s movement held together by shared values rather than a single issue or advocacy initiative. Spotlight will empower women and youth through multi-sectoral skills development to monitor and report on implementation by constructing accountability mechanisms.



  1. Community social norms change: The SASA! Methodology guides entire communities through the stages of change to address underlying beliefs, social norms, and attitudes that perpetuate violence and impunity. A randomized control trial demonstrated a 52 per cent reduction in intimate partner violence against women in SASA! Communities.
  2. Establishing a gender-responsive judicial system: The Gender Bench Book outlines best practices to improve women’s access to justice. It ensures that judicial procedures and systems are increasingly gender-sensitive and facilitates gender trainings in areas such as gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health.
  3. Cultural leaders paving the way to progress: The programme will closely work with cultural leaders on human rights-based dispute resolution in communities. Methods including working through the spirit of Obuntubulamu for cultural groups to reclaim their heritage while deepening prevention efforts and linking survivors to formal service delivery points in the referral pathway.
  4. Real-time data analysis: An innovative strategy first tested and piloted in Uganda, Pulse Lab Kampala’s automated speech recognition models for Uganda’s local languages to capture and understand public norms and perceptions on gender topics through mining public radio and social media content in real-time. This technology will inform the UN and Ugandan government of the impact of their interventions while drastically reducing the time and resources usually required to conduct surveys. 


Spotlight Job Postings and Consultancies:

UNDP: Consultancy to conduct a review of training curricula for in-service and pre-service trainings institutions to integrate VAWG, HPs and SRHR. Closing date: 11 Oct 2019


Spotlight Calls for Proposals for Implementing Partners:

No ongoing calls.
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If you have questions about this programme you may wish to contact the RC office in Uganda or the lead agency for the programme. The MPTF Office Portfolio Manager (or Country Director with Delegation of Authority) for this programme:

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