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Project ID:00119135Description:Trinidad and Tobago Spotlight
Spotlight Initiative Fund
Start Date *: 27 Jan 2020
End Date*: 31 Dec 2022
Country: Trinidad and Tobago Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Programme Description

The programme will establish for the first time in Trinidad and Tobago a foundation for sustained and integrated approaches to preventing family violence before it occurs, and it will facilitate the improvement of institutional capabilities evidenced by timely accountability, problem-solving and increased use of services by women and girls who are survivors of family violence. These approaches will advance gender equality and end indifference and impunity for gender-based violence against women and children.


Number of beneficiaries: 14,481 (direct) | 395,153 (indirect)

Recipient UN Organizations (RUNOs): PAHO/WHO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women


Spotlight Country Programme Focal Point at the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office: Nikita Mohammed; Email:; Srdan Deric; Email:




The total investment from the EU for Phase I (2020 – 2021) is USD 3,700,000 and is distributed according to the following;


Policies and legislation (outcome 1): A comprehensive and costed National Strategic Plan on GBV will be adopted, and its implementation (as well as associated sectoral action plans) will be monitored by a multi-stakeholder coordination platform.

 Institutions (outcome 2): The police and the administration of justice sectors will have improved institutional capabilities to respond to impunity caused by under-implementation of laws and policies, and there will be increased state investments to prevent and respond to family violence because senior policy makers will better appreciate the economic costs of family violence including on the public and private sector workplaces.

 Prevention and social norms (outcome 3): Children, adolescents and youth will be empowered to demand lives free from violence and will have information and skills to self-protect. A life-cycle approach to prevention programming will ensure that institutions of

socialisation (schools, youth groups, families, ante-natal and post-natal facilities; faith-based institutions and cultural influencers, etc.) are equipped to implement prevention programmes based on best practices in changing unequal gender norms and harmful stereotypes.

 Services (outcome 4): Service providers will be held responsible for timely correction of implementation failures because capabilities will be improved and systems of supervision and accountability will be strengthened.

 Data (outcome 5): Administrative systems of data collection will be strengthened and coordinated to improve timely and cross-sectoral analyses and programmatic responses.

 Women’s Movements and Civil Society (outcome 6): Civil society and women’s organisations will be empowered to monitor and support responsive and survivor-centred services.



Interactive engagement

Grassroot organizations will be able to participate in baseline data collection, needs assessment and programme design along with government, EU partners, UN agencies. This multi-stakeholder oversight mechanism will ensure coordination and accountability among service providers.

Technological advancement

Information on services at community level will be readily available to survivors through the use of appropriate information technology. Mobile applications will be designed to allow for real-time alerts by survivors for timely responses by the police.

Prevention intervention

Prevention interventions at community-level will be based on a life cycle approach and will focus at the community level on target populations at critical development phases- early childhood, adolescents, youth, new parents. The private sector and trade union movement will be involved in the pillars of prevention and quality services.

Essential services will be utilized as service entry points for primary prevention.

Geographic focus

The programme will be implemented in three municipalities—Tunapuna/Piarco, Mayaro/Rio Claro and Tobago. This focus will allow for intensive and reinforcing work at the community level to improve service delivery in health and the justice sectors as well as promote social norms change.

Reaching the ‘furthest behind first’ for Services

Mobile clinics as part of the essential services package to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services and deliver primary prevention interventions for victims in hard-to-reach areas.

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If you have questions about this programme you may wish to contact the RC office in Trinidad and Tobago 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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