Updated: 15 September 2017
The Fund to End Violence Against Children
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Fund to End Violence Against Children?
The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children has a fund (“the Fund”) that will be instrumental in generating the resources necessary to fund programs and accelerate action for ending violence against children. The Fund is strategically aligned under the Partnership, however it remains operationally independent to ensure that grants are allocated fairly and to mitigate against any unintentional knowledge bias.
2. How will the Fund function?
The Fund will be governed by a Steering Committee supported by a Fund Unit. Funds will be allocated according to three priority areas: (1) Preventing “on-line violence, with a particular focus on sexual exploitation; (2) Addressing violence in the every-day lives of children, with an initial focus on investments in Pathfinder countries to implement evidence based programming; (3) Addressing the prevention of violence against children facing conflict and crisis. With generous support from the United Kingdom and Human Dignity Foundation, grants have been provided to specifically combat the first priority area – online child sexual exploitation. The current (2017) call for proposals will be exclusively for programmes targeting online child sexual exploitation.
3. What is UNICEF’s role?
UNICEF acts as the financial custodian on behalf of the Fund. In some instances, UNICEF country offices may also successfully be awarded grants. Established administrative and governance firewalls ensure that decisions on the allocation of funding are made independently of UNICEF.
4. Can an organization make more than one application?
Yes. As long as the essential criteria are met for each proposal.
5. Can more than one organization apply in the same country?
Yes. However, the Fund Unit stresses the importance of collaboration. Applications that can demonstrate collaboration and co-ordination at the local and regional level will be viewed positively.
6. What is the WePROTECT Global Alliance to End Online Child Sexual Exploitation?
The WePROTECT Global Alliance to End Online Child Sexual Exploitation (OCSE) is a multisectoral global initiative with the specific aim to address online child sexual exploitation. It is comprised of governments, civil society, UN agencies, police forces and industry. As experts in the field of OCSE, the WePROTECT board will provide strategic recommendations to the End Violence Fund on the first priority area. Please visit www.weprotect.org to read the WePROTECT Global Alliance strategy in full, and find out about more about the members of the WePROTECT Global Alliance Board.
7. What is the Model National Response?
The Model shows the main capabilities required by a country to achieve a comprehensive national response to preventing online CSE, including tackling wider child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA), and protecting its victims. The Model can:
Importantly, the Model does not seek to prescribe activities or set out a single methodology. Countries will develop their own individual approaches, but doing so within the context of a commonly agreed framework and understanding of capabilities, communication and cooperation amongst stakeholders at both national and international levels will be improved.
Be aware that the Model National Response features both in the Checklist and the Review Criteria.
8. I’m part of a national government/organisation that wants to bid into the Fund, but we aren’t signed up to the Statement of Action yet. Can we still put in a funding proposal?
Your national government/organisation must be able to demonstrate a clear commitment and progress towards signing up to the Statement of Action as part of the funding proposal. In the event that your proposal is successful, it’s essential that your national government/organisation is a signatory to the Statement by the time funds are to be released for your project/programme. Please contact the WePROTECT Global Alliance secretariat for further information about and support with signing up to the Statement of Action.
9. I’m part of a national government/organisation that wants to bid into the Fund, but there’s not a clearly identifiable SRO for our project/programme. Can we still put in a funding proposal?
The WePROTECT Global Alliance secretariat is in the process of establishing a list of SROs and stands ready to support national governments/organisations to identify an appropriate person. Please contact the WePROTECT Global Alliance secretariat to discuss further.
10. I’m concerned that my proposal/organisation does not meet all the criteria set out in the call for proposals.
The Call for Proposals including the essential criteria have been approved by the Fund Steering Committee, in places based on recommendations provided by the WePROTECT Global Alliance board. All proposals must meet the essential criteria to be considered valid. We will pass on your concern to these bodies for further consideration.
11. Why is the call for proposals focused solely on programmes to eradicate online CSE?
The Fund was launched with an initial £40m of funding from the UK Government, and has received US$5 million from Human Dignity Foundation, committed to programmes and projects focused on the eradication of online child sexual exploitation. As the Fund is established future calls for proposals will be opened up to address the other two priority areas.
12. When will there be a further call for proposals? And will this also be focused on online CSE prevention projects?
Further details of the next call for proposals will be announced next year.
13. Is there an established timeline for the release of Calls focused on the second and third priority areas of the Global Fund?
Currently the Fund is only accepting applications for the first priority area. The Fund Unit will update once a timeline has been established for the second and third priority areas.
14. Is there a prescribed template for the Results Framework?
Yes, please see the template at http://fund.end-violence.org/sites/default/files/Monitoring_and_evaluation_framework_template.docx.
15. Are there any restrictions on what countries can apply?
As long as the country matches the criteria in the Checklist and online Submission Form, it can apply.
16. Is there an indicative budget allocation for this Call for Proposals?
Although there is no fixed total the Fund is projected to grant US$10 million for 2017’s Call for Proposals.
17. For large organisations applying for multiple projects, is there a $1m cap per organisation or per project?
18. Is my proposal ODA eligible?
Proposals should be ODA eligible. Though funding is primarily intended for ODA-eligible countries, there is a small amount available in case of strong submissions.
Please refer to guidelines provided by OECD-DAC to determine whether your proposal is ODA eligible: https://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/34086975.pdf
19. Is there a big priority given to joint proposals over individual ones?
Priority is not necessarily given to joint proposals over individual ones. At a minimum, proposals should demonstrate an awareness of work going on at the national and (if necessary) transnational level. In addition, applicants should note that demonstrating coordination forms part of the review criteria.
20. Can we submit proposals for new projects or will you only accept proposals for ongoing projects?
Grant proposals are accepted for both new and existing projects.
21. As a CSO, is commitment from the government necessary to apply for funding?
In the case of proposals operating in one country, civil society organisations must have a senior responsible owner or a named national champion form the government in which the programme is operating. If you would like to know more about existing SROs and named national champions in your country please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
22. Where should the legal registry of the organization be uploaded?
Please upload in the documents section at the end of the application.
23. If there are multiple organizations involved in the proposal do all of them have to be signed up to the WePROTECT Statements of Action?
It is expected that at a minimum the lead organization will be signed up to the WePROTECT Statements of Action.
24. What documentation can I submit to support the commitment to child safeguarding? Please submit documents that evidence policies and procedures in place to ensure child safeguarding.
25. Can we submit a proposal as a consortium with different roles and tasks?
Yes, however one organisation must take a lead and will be expected to be the main interface between the Fund Unit and the consortium. The lead will also assume all responsibility for the consortium.
26. Does an organisation or a national government have to be signed up to WePROTECT before submitting an application?
No. At a minimum by checking the essential criteria the applicant is demonstrating a commitment to sign up to WePROTECT. Should the application be successful the process to begin sign up would begin.