In Papua New Guinea, the Spotlight Initiative is strengthening the capacities of key institutions in charge of the coordination and implementation of the the Gender Based Violence (GBV) Strategy. The Initiative builds on innovative social norms transformation programmes, and works 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.
The programme helps service providers to improve the quality and comparability of administrative data in order to feed into planning and budgeting. It is establishing a capacity building/development unit for local organizations as well as those across the Pacific, including groups led by youth, and those facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, to increase their access to funding and technical assistance.
Total cost: $22,000,000 | Direct beneficiaries: 8,400,000| Indirect beneficiaries: 10,000,000
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 civil society organizations (CSOs) in this way is a first-of-its-kind innovation in the country. It will strengthen the effectiveness and accountability of CSOs in Papua New Guinea whose work contributes directly to effective service delivery and advocacy towards ending violence against women and girls (EVAWG) to create transformational change.
Forging partnerships between government agencies, private sector companies, faith-based communities and traditional leaders, and most importantly, the women’s movement, Spotlight Initiative addresses the needs of marginalized women and girls.
To maximize efficiency gains, the Resident Coordinator pools the requisite Monitoring and Evaluation and Communications resources from two significant EU programmes—Spotlight and STREIT. The cost for these officers is shared between the two programmes and ensures quality support to the donor as well as compliance requirements.
UN Women, UNFPA, UNDP and UNICEF
National Focal Point: Iwona Spytkowski, Iwona.Spytkowski@one.un.org
National Reference Group
List of members