Project Factsheet
Project ID:00117245Description:SPOTLIGHT GRANTS UNTFEVAW - AF
Spotlight Initiative Fund
Start Date *: 28 Aug 2019
End Date*: 31 Dec 2022
Country: United Nations Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   UNWOMEN - UNWOMEN

Programme Description


The UN Trust Fund (UNTF) is the only global grant-making mechanism specializing in ending violence against women, with over 20 years of expertise and experience in grant-giving to civil society organizations (CSOs), governments and UN Country Teams. Since 1996, the UN Trust Fund has supported almost 500 initiatives in 139 countries and territories, with grants totaling over US$139 million.


The UN Trust Fund focuses its funding outreach on organizations working for and with women and girls from marginalized and underserved communities and groups who face particular challenges due to discrimination, poverty or isolation in rural or remote settings. Among those directly served by current UN Trust Fund grantees, for example, are women and girls with disabilities; lesbian, bisexual and transgender women and girls; indigenous women and girls; rural women and girls; and migrant, refugee and internally displaced women and girls. The UN Trust Fund reaches those groups through its special funding windows as well as through it close connections with civil society, women’s networks, and women’s funds, which allow the UN Trust Fund to distribute its Call for Proposals widely and, in that way, reach those that are often excluded from funding opportunities.


The Spotlight Initiative focuses on specific forms of violence against women and girls in particular regions as entry points to addressing all forms of violence and their structural roots. In Africa, the Spotlight Initiative’s focus is on eliminating sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and harmful practices (HP), and addressing their links to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

The Spotlight Initiative partnered with the UN Trust Fund to capitalize on its unique funding mechanism and grant monitoring systems with an aim to provide support to women’s rights groups and CSOs working in the field of preventing and ending VAWG to be able to more effectively influence and advance progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Call for Proposals in Sub-Saharan Africa responds to the Spotlight Initiative’s specific Theory of Change, with a sole focus on its Outcome 6 (strengthening autonomous civil society organizations and women’s movements), covering:

•        Single country projects in 8 Spotlight target countries (Liberia, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Uganda) and 5 Spotlight reserve countries in Africa (Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Zambia), and


•        Multi-country projects originating from all other Sub-Saharan countries in Africa.



Number of beneficiaries: 214,837 (direct) | 285,833 (indirect)[1]

Recipient UN Organizations (RUNOs): UN Women/UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UNTF)


UNTF Focal Point: Aldijana Sisic; Email: Vesna Jaric; Email:




The total investment from the UN Trust Fund in Africa under Spotlight Initiative is USD 20,636,792 and is distributed according to the following:


Outcome 6: Through its Call for Proposal mechanisms, the UN Trust Fund can reach the priority focus groups of Outcome 6 – Women-led and Women’s Rights Groups – including those representing groups of women and girls facing intersecting forms of discrimination. The UN Trust Fund’s current portfolio includes refugees, forcibly displaced women, migrant women, indigenous groups, LGTBI persons, and women and girls with disabilities, among others, and the UN Trust Fund has an extensive experience in running specific calls for specific priority groups.




The UN Trust Fund’s mission is to advocate for and finance innovative approaches for preventing and ending violence against women and girls (EVAWG), to catalyse learning from global evidence collected from the programmes funded by the UN Trust Fund and to leverage its unique mandate and convening power to foster global giving to end violence against women and girls.


As a demand-driven pooled funding mechanism, unique in its specialization in EVAWG, the UN Trust Fund is well-positioned to identify promising innovative approaches and to scale them up by providing support to the grantees in piloting and measuring innovation and documenting innovative practices for disseminating widely the results. An illustrative example is the grantee Raising Voices, which was supported by the UN Trust Fund for two generations of funding the innovative SASA! Methodology that has, with the UN Trust Fund’s support, generated extensive evidence of what has worked and why.


[1] These estimated figures cover beneficiaries of the UN Trust Fund in both Africa and Latin America. Actual figures will be available in the 2020 Annual Report.

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