The UN Trust Fund was created by General Assembly resolution in 1996 as a response of UN member states to the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action and the recognition of violence against women and girls as a pandemic human rights violation and major barrier to human and economic development. To date, the UN Trust Fund has provided $116 million to 426 initiatives in 136 countries and territories to prevent violence against women and girls, improve multi-sector service delivery for survivors, and support the promulgation and implementation of laws. Currently, the UN Trust Fund supports a $57 million portfolio of 111 programs in 76 countries and territories.
Grantees for the special window on the refugee crisis will be selected at the end of 2016 to begin implementation of two to three year programs in 2017. Grant awardees will be selected by expert external evaluators and the UN Trust Funds Regional and Global Programme Advisory Committees, comprised of civil society representatives and representatives from UN agencies including DPKO, UNODC, UNHCR, UNOCHA, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, and UN Women. Grant recipients selection will consider a range of criteria required in the UN Trust Funds overall grant application process, as well as specific considerations for the refugee/displacement context including: the particular experience of the applicant CSOs; coordination and complementarity with existing structures and agencies; the provision of otherwise unavailable services; as well as the piloting innovative and under-explored results-based approaches to support and protect refugee and displaced women and girls.
This window builds on grant-making that the UN Trust Fund has done in conflict and post-conflict settings, including programs specifically addressing the needs of refugee and IDP women and girls. The creation of this new window will allow for the systematization of collaboration with other actors across the UN system and humanitarian space, including subject-matter experts who will help select grantees, and provide a vehicle for the UN Trust Fund to mobilize resources specifically to support refugee and IDP women and girls.
For the UN Trust Funds 20th grant-making cycle, the grant application and selection process for the special window on the refugee crisis will occur in concert with the UN Trust Funds regular grant-making cycle, as follows:
May 4, 2016: Grant applications due
June November 2016: Independent expert evaluations of grant applications (concept notes); regional Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) evaluations; call for full-fledged proposals from selected applicants; Independent expert evaluations of grant applications (full proposals); global PAC evaluation and selection.
November 2016: Grantees selected (for 2-3 year funding cycles)
December 2016 January 2017: Grant agreements signed and first year funding disbursed.
March 2017: Project implementation begins
September 2017: First project progress reports received
2017-2020: Biannual evaluations received through conclusion of grants
2017-2020: Field visits to some projects and capacity building workshops conducted throughout the funding cycle
2019-2020: Independent evaluations conducted
Pending outcomes of the projects, knowledge products will be generated and housed on the UN Trust Funds online Evidence Hub
With the recent adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we have marked the beginning of a new era of international development. Gender is a central feature of the SDGs Outcome Document; it is highlighted as a standalone outcome and goal (SDG 5), and is integrated throughout the agreement. Never before has addressing gender inequality been so integral to a global development commitment.
In order to advance gender equality targets, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) is joining a holistic coalition of multi-sectoral partners convened by No Ceilings, Vital Voices, and WEConnect International, focusing on three core issue areas of work: 1) Promoting Womens Economic Participation; 2) Addressing Violence Against Girls and Women; and,3) Advancing Womens Leadership in both Private and Public sectors.
2015 likely exceeded all previous records for global forced displacement, with the number of refugees and internally displaced expectedly surpassing 60 million, mainly driven by the Syrian war and other protracted conflicts. The number of women and girls seeking safe destinations is also rapidly increasing. However, security risks and threats faced by refugee women and girls remain mostly invisible and minimized, while it is well-documented that violence against them rises dramatically through the entire forced migration process and manifests in multiple forms, including domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, early marriage, etc.
Recognizing the growing numbers of displaced persons worldwide and the specific refugee crisis driven by the conflict in Syria and other protracted conflicts, the UN Trust Fund has committed to at least $1 million in grant-making for projects to protect and empower women and girls in the context of the refugee crisis in its twentieth grant-making cycle, which will begin implementation in 2017.
This special grant-making window will focus on the existing large gaps in addressing violence against refugee women and girls, in host and transit countries, providing funding to organizations specifically addressing the issue of sexual- and gender-based violence experienced by women and girls refugees. The aim is to enhance protection efforts at the stage of the transit process and to increase the provision of basic information and adequate basic services targeting the needs of all refugee, IDP and migrant women and girls in both transit and host countries.
The UN Trust Fund will prioritize proposals from the following target countries: Egypt, FYR Macedonia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Serbia and Turkey, with a focus on empowering women-led civil society organizations.
The UN Trust Fund is actively seeking partners in order to increase their grant-making capacity within this window. The UN Trust Fund will provide over $1 million in funding through the special window on the refugee crisis, but seeks matching financial contributions from potential partners to expand its ability to provide services to the civil society organizations best positioned to meet the needs of refugee and displaced women and girls through prevention and service provision programs.
The UN Trust Fund is a multi-donor global grant-making mechanism, providing funding, technical support, and capacity building through this special funding window to civil society organizations working to prevent violence among and provide services to refugee and displaced women and girls. Grantees receive dedicated support throughout the grant cycle from the UN Trust Funds team of portfolio managers and monitoring and evaluation specialist. Additionally, the UN Trust Fund will elevate the visibility of grantees, particularly among other bilateral donors, and generate knowledge products on best practices and lessons learned from the work of grantees in this window.