The UN Trust Fund is invested in its own learning and accountability. Simultaneously, it is aiming to inform UN and key partners through expertise, knowledge products, data and analysis on the needs of civil society and women’s rights organizations, and on trends on ending violence against women and girls. The UN Trust Fund conducts periodic reviews of the results and lessons learned across its grants portfolio covering various thematic areas. For example, for its previous Strategic Plan 2015-2020, the UN Trust Fund conducted the following internal learning assessments:
For its Strategic Plan 2021-2025, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) has commissioned:
- A mid-term review to learn lessons from the first 2.5 years of implementation.
- A third meta-analysis of projects implemented from 2020 to 2023.
From time to time, the UN Trust Fund also conducts ad hoc internal assessments and background papers on specific themes, which are critical for its own learning and accountability. These feed directly into the UN Trust Fund’s grant making. The following have been commissioned:
- A meta-analysis was conducted in 2016, synthesizing lessons from 23 projects supported by the UN Trust Fund between 2008 and 2012.
- A second meta-analysis of 30 projects implemented between 2013 and 2019 was finalized in 2020.
- The UN Trust Fund commissioned:
- an assessment of the special funding window, focusing on refugee and forcibly displaced women and girls in the context of humanitarian crises and in fragile settings;
- an assessment of the special funding window dedicated to tackling violence against girls and women with disabilities; and
- an assessment of the lessons learned by civil society and women’s rights organizations on organizational resilience and institutional strengthening amid multiple and overlapping crises.