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Project ID:00119125Description:Papua New Guinea Spotlight Pro
Spotlight Initiative Fund
Start Date *: 21 Jan 2020
End Date*: 31 Dec 2022
Country: Papua New Guinea Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Programme Description

The programme will focus on the strengthening of capacities of key institutions charged with coordination and implementing the Gender Based Violence (GBV) Strategy; expand on innovative social norms transformation programmes; work with the law and justice, child protection and health sectors to improve the quality and reach of basic services for survivors of intimate partner violence/domestic violence; help service providers to improve the quality and comparability of administrative data in order to feed into planning and budgeting; and will establish a capacity building/development unit for local organizations and across the Pacific region, including groups led by youth, and those facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, to increase their access to funding and technical assistance.

Number of beneficiaries: 8,400,000 (direct) | 10,000,000 (indirect)

Recipient UN Organizations (RUNOs): UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF

Spotlight Country Programme Focal Point at the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office: Jurgita Sereikaite; Email: Kesang Phuntsho; Email:


The total investment from the EU for Phase I (2020 – 2021) is USD 15,680,000 and is distributed according to the following;

Policies and legislation (outcome 1): Spotlight will support the review and improvement of the Women’s Health Protection Bill and the National Youth Policy to ensure they appropriately address Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence. It will also provide technical support to the National Gender-based Violence Secretariat to develop Operational Plans under the GBV Strategy. In addition, Spotlight will develop law and policy to provide legal recognition and protection of Human Rights Defenders work on gender-based violence.

Institutions (outcome 2): Spotlight will strengthen the capacity of existing GBV Secretariats and Family and Sexual Violence Action Committees (FSVAC) at national and subnational levels, and further advocate and support the establishment of subnational GBV secretariats in provinces. These are catalytic provincial entities that bring a coordinated, holistic and quality approach to addressing EVAWG. Spotlight will also work with national and provincial health authorities to advocate for budgets for specialist medical units of Family Support Centres. In addition, it will establish provincial Child and Family Service Councils using a streamlined approach to position child protection as a specialized area under the broader area of gender-based violence.

Prevention and social norms (outcome 3): Spotlight will expand the most promising pilot prevention programmes (Sanap Wantaim, SASA); institutionalise and roll out the Parenting for Childhood Development Program; and support universities and colleges on the integration of Comprehensive Sexuality Education. It will also design sensitization activities for male leaders and champions in Parliament, Government and Private Sector. In addition, Spotlight will develop an overarching strategy for prevention, ensuring coordination and mutual reinforcement of the various interventions spearheaded.

Services (outcome 4): Spotlight will develop referral pathways for children and adolescent girls who are victims of violence. It will also support the review and roll out of the national SOPs to manage violence in schools according to the existing Behaviour Management Policy. In addition, Spotlight will revise and deliver training to school counsellors to address VAWG; train nurses and midwives on the Essential Services package; increase access and strengthen Family Support Centres’ standards of working; and develop minimum standards and a comprehensive training package for social workers. Spotlight also aims to improve quality and standards for counselling and case management; strengthen the PNG Counsellors Association & increase the pool of available counsellors; train and build capacity of Village Courts officers to implement Lukautim Pikinini Act, Family Protection Act; and improve Police, Village, and District Courts VAWG case administration and referral.

Data (outcome 5): Spotlight will establish a National M&E system for the National GBV Secretariat. It will also strengthen capacity of the Office of the Child and Family services to manage the database and generate, analyse and use data for programming and budgeting. In addition, Spotlight will strengthen and expand multi-sectoral database system used at the sub-national GBV Secretariats; advocate for data-sharing protocols among essential service providers; disseminate most recently completed DHS and VAWG data sets; and conduct a safety audit for survivor friendly courts annually.

Women’s Movements and Civil Society (outcome 6): Spotlight will establish a Capacity Building and Development Unit for local civil society organizations working on gender equality and EVAWG to increase access to funding and technical assistance. It will also expand the network of Human Rights Defenders in all project sites to link more effectively to the referral network. In addition, Spotlight will expand the Business Coalition for Women's reach to other urban areas to increase business partners and impact; support women living with disability, women living with HIV and others experiencing intersecting forms of violence run their own campaigns on EVAWG; and create virtual platforms for engagement for women’s movement to support advocacy and influence.


Mobile Technologies for Prevention

During the 2018 earthquake in the Highlands region, with support from Digicel, violence prevention messaging and phone counselling reached more than 2 million users. This successful experience will be expanded to reach women in remote communities, as well as youth networks.

CSO Capacity Building Hub         

Strengthening indigenous CSOs in this way is a first of its kind in the country. It will strengthen the effectiveness and accountability of CSOs in Papua New Guinea whose work contribute directly to effective service delivery and advocacy towards EVAWG, to create transformational change.

Innovative Partnerships

Forging partnerships between government agencies, private sector companies, faith-based communities and traditional leaders, and most importantly, the women’s movement, Spotlight will address the needs of marginalized women and girls.

Operational Innovation

To maximize efficiency gains, the Resident Coordinator will pool the requisite Monitoring and Evaluation and Communications resources from two significant EU programmes—Spotlight and STREIT. The cost for these officers will be shared between the two programmes and will ensure quality support to the donor as well as compliance requirements.

Spotlight Job Postings and Consultancies:

No ongoing postings.  


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 Papua New Guinea 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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