NTU signs contract with UNICEF to implement the EU-Spotlight Programme aiming at ending violence against women and children in Uganda

NTU has signed the 1-year contract for the Provision of technical support to national ministries and districts to implement the EU-Spotlight Programme for ending violence against women and children in Uganda, using the socio-ecological model (institutional strengthening pillar), and will help increase the capacity of Ugandan public sector institutions to lead in behaviour and social change initiatives in the country.


Violence against women and children (VAM/C)

Violence against women and children in Uganda is a major hurdle to the achievement of women’s and children’s right and a direct threat to international and national development strategies, namely the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 2nd Ugandan National Development Plan (2015/16-2019/20) and Uganda’s Vision 2040. The wide prevalence of such devasting human right violation takes a heavy toll on the lives of individual victims as well as on the Ugandan society as a whole through countless behavioural, health, psychological and economic consequences. Tackling physical, emotional and sexual violence is an urgent matter for the country. In order to stop the acceptance of violence against women and children as a norm, effective social behaviour communication is essential to reach transformative change.

EU-Spotlight Initiative

The EU-Spotlight Initiative is a global multi-year partnership between the European Union and the United Nations to eliminate violence against women and children, including sexual and gender-based violence, and harmful parties. Uganda is one of the eight countries in Africa selected to benefit from this initiative. Divided into 7 pillars, the contract signed between NTU and UNICEF focuses on the pillar 3 on prevention. Human rights good governance is at the core of this 1-year project.  The objective is to strengthen the capacity op public sector institutions, both at national and district levels, through evidence-based social change model: the socio-ecological model.



NTU is honoured to be granted this tremendous opportunity and will further strengthen its relationship with UNICEF. This technical assistance project focuses on delivering a capacity-building package for national and district level institutions key stakeholders in order to enhance their capacity in behaviour and social changes both as service providers and as trainers for lower level service providers.

The team of dedicated and highly experienced experts has been mobilized earlier this week and the project will run until May 2021.