2022: Continued capacity development for grantee organizations
“The knowledge and skills I gained from the training modules are beneficial to me beyond the implementation of the UN Trust Fund grant” – a participant of one of the UN Trust Fund’s thematic webinars organized in 2022
In 2022, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) continued to support its grantees’ capacity development in programmatic and operational fields, in line with its strategy to invest in the organizational resilience of partner civil society and women's rights organizations.
The training offered by the UN Trust Fund to grantees in 2022 continued to include:
- effective project planning;
- monitoring and reporting;
- formulating intersectional approaches for ending violence against women and girls; and
- effective management of grants.
As a result of feedback and demands from grantees, new training sessions were added in 2022, such as how to communicate results through social media.
In addition, the UN Trust Fund provided written guidance and training sessions for selected grantees that were finalizing project proposals. Topics covered included results-based management as well as financial planning and programming principles for ending violence against women and girls.
During the year, 2,174 people attended 22 thematic webinars across 32 sessions organized by the UN Trust Fund. Compared to 2021, this represented a 97% increase in the number of attendees and an 83% increase in the number of webinars. All webinars were conducted in four languages, using simultaneous interpretation, with Arabic introduced in 2022 in addition to English, French and Spanish.
When asked for feedback, most attendees said they found the webinars had helped them gain new skills and knowledge. One said, “Thanks to the acquired knowledge, we increased the visibility of the project by reaching a larger number of people through social networks, and we learned how to collect data correctly and how to use it to improve support for end beneficiaries.”
Some explained how the sessions had benefited project implementation. One said: “Webinar sessions have provided valuable insights and knowledge that have been applied in the daily role of managing and implementing the project. We were able to develop a procurement plan that ensures that all procurement activities are in compliance with the guidelines and regulations in the grantee handbook.”
Attendees emphasized that the sessions had improved their capacity to thrive beyond the UN Trust Fund project implementation period. Moreover, the improved project management capacities and fulfilment of UN Trust Fund requirements meant that the grantees were more likely to be eligible for future funding opportunities, thus further strengthening their sustainability.
Throughout the five years of the current Strategic Plan, the UN Trust Fund will continue to engage in principled, demand-driven grant-giving and capacity development, focusing on organizational resilience and providing new engagement and learning opportunities on SHINE.
Stay tuned and read all the snapshots of 2022 in the run-up to the publication of the UN Trust Fund’s 2022 annual report at the end of June 2023:
- Grantee organizations continued to protect women and girls in 2022 despite severe challenges
- Indicators of success for 2022
- The power of practice-based knowledge to end violence against women and girls