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Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund 2019 Midterm Review and DFAT management response

Summary of Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund 2019 Midterm Review

The review was commissioned by the WPHF Secretariat, as stipulated in the Fund’s Terms of Reference. The review assessed the effectiveness and efficiency of the WPHF, and identified good practices, lessons learned and challenges to address to ensure its ongoing and sustainable growth. It focused on the effectiveness of the WPHF in supporting civil society organisations in humanitarian crisis situations through its activities. The WPHF Secretariat contracted an independent consultant to undertake the research and analysis to inform this review. This work took place from August-November 2019, with the final review being released in December 2019.

Overall, the review identified that the WPHF is viewed positively amongst its stakeholders, representing an innovative and successful instrument. It provided seven recommendations to ensure continued growth and value of the Fund, which are targeted towards the WPHF Secretariat, and associated leadership, such as the Funding Board, National Steering Committees and Management Entities. These recommendations consider opportunities to improve governance structures, resourcing, partnerships and engagement strategies in order to ensure the fund capitalises on its momentum and develops in a sustainable manner.

Summary of management response

DFAT welcomes the commissioning of the review, its findings and recommendations. As a significant and founding donor to the WPHF, these outcomes are highly relevant to our contributions and support for the Fund.  DFAT supports each of the recommendations presented and acknowledges that they identify opportunities to strengthen organisational capacity of the WPHF, as well as its partnerships and engagement mechanisms. DFAT welcomes the WPHF Secretariat’s own management response, which addresses each recommendation and proposes response measures, where possible. DFAT continues to support the WPHF Secretariat and associated leadership and management forums in implementing these recommendations.

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