A United Nations funding mechanism aimed at addressing violence against girls and women should be strengthened and increased in size and scope, according to an evaluation report that found the fund to have had significant impact over the past years.
The U.N. Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women proved to be a relevant mechanism for addressing a gap deemed important by stakeholders involved, according to the evaluation report prepared by the U.N. Development Fund for Women, or UNIFEM.
The report added that the trust fund’s priorities were aligned with the U.N. Millennium Development Goals.
“In all projects reviewed, the capacities of duty bearers and or rights holders were strengthened through UN Trust Fund grantee interventions,” the report stated, adding that some projects supported by the trust found were able to influence the policy and legal frameworks at the local and national levels.
Based on its findings, the UNIFEM evaluation board suggests the following course of actions for the trust fund’s secretariat:
- Complete the trust fund’s operational strategy for the next few years and immediately allocate resources needed to implement it. - Complete the fund’s fundraising strategy and engage relevant U.N. agencies in its implementation. - Consider, in collaboration with UNIFEM, increasing the trust fund’s size and scope. Among the steps recommended by the report are increasing the staff, reviewing the administrative and management costs and reconsidering its criteria for project selection of the fund. - Strengthen the fund’s monitoring and evaluation procedures at the global and subregional levels.