As a learning programme on ‘what works’ to end violence against women, the programme was designed as a first phase, with plans to develop a Phase II based on the evidence generated. A clear recommendation was that UN Women should indeed build a Phase II: it concluded that the programme results constitute “a very high social return on the investments made by the Australian government,” illustrating the ability of the programme to achieve results through its participatory approach, which created very high ownership at the government level and among other implementing partners, and its strategic positioning and utilization of the latest evidence and good practices in the target countries also contributed to its success as a foundational programme that lays good ground for up-scaling of interventions. All of the recommendations from the Evaluation are well received, and UN Women accept them and will act on them to the extent possible. Where funding might be lacking, UN Women has indicated that the recommendation is “partially accepted”. More precisely:
The results of the programme will be disseminated in order to inform countries in the Region on the programme results and lessons learned, in order to inspire and inform programming in these areas, and the networks created will be fostered. A Phase II programme proposal has been developed, with a commitment of the Australian Government of AUD 1,4 million. The evidence on costing of VAW developed underthis programme adds to the knowledge-base and advocacy for quality essential services in the region. The costing methodology and results are being disseminated widely and will be at the forefront during knowledge exchanges on essential services during 2017, not least within the context of the joint UN Essential Services Programme which is being actively rolled out in the Region. In addition, UN Women is introducing the costing methodologies into EVAW programming in Myanmar, funded by UNFPA. The EVAW Unit at ROAP is keen to partner with research institutions in order to research promising approaches to EVAW, with particular focus on Essential Services.