UNFPA’s implementation of the essential service package for women and girls subjected to violence: consultation report – Global


The Essential Services Package (ESP) for Women and Girls Victims of Violence is a global guide supporting national systems to respond to gender-based violence in four key sectors: health, social services, justice and policing. The ESP guidelines include sector modules for service delivery, as well as a module on coordination, implementation and a costing tool.

The ESP was launched as a joint UN global program in 2013. During Phase I (2013-2015), the ESP guidelines were developed and released in 2015. These were piloted in 10 country during its second phase (2016-2019). Given the success and relevance of the guidance, UNFPA has supported implementation in over 80 “stand-alone” countries. Through a number of consultations with 120 staff representing 62 countries, UNFPA took stock of progress made in implementing the ESP. The consultations aimed to capture successes and key lessons learned, understand monitoring and evaluation processes, capture GBV sector coordination experiences in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and identify needs and challenges. support priorities during Phase III.

This report provides a summary of UNFPA’s key achievements in deploying ESP, identifies good practices, and describes the key role ESP has played in maintaining access to services for survivors during the pandemic. and as part of the Spotlight initiative. Additionally, as a central tool to guide the safe, effective, and comprehensive provision and coordination of services for GBV survivors, ESP has the potential to be expanded and strengthened during Phase III. In this report, UNFPA identifies nine areas for acceleration and makes recommendations for action moving forward.

Michelle J. Kelley