The goal of the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) is to eliminate violence against women in Fiji and throughout the Pacific region. To achieve this goal, FWCC provides crisis counselling, advocacy, training and community education in Fiji, through its Suva-based headquarters and four Branches around the country. As the Secretariat of the Pacific Network against Violence against Women, FWCC also provides training, mentoring and institutional capacity building to individuals and organisations that are working to eliminate Violence Against Women (VAW) in the Pacific region.
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) provide funds to FWCC to implement their services and programs. Through their partnership with FWCC, DFAT contributed AUD$6 million of core funding over six years (2009 – June 2015). Australia also provided an additional AUD$2.42 million under a Special Budget Measure in 2013, and has committed $1.5m under Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development in 2015. The New Zealand MFAT provided FJ$3.8 million (approximately AUD$2.4million) to support the operations and programs of FWCC’s four Branches over the same period.
An evaluation was commissioned by DFAT and MFAT to independently assess the effectiveness, impacts, efficiency, and sustainability of two components of FWCC’s overall program. Specifically, the evaluation appraised FWCC’s regional training, advisory, networking and institutional services component (Component 3), and the management and capacity development of its Branches (Component 5).
The evaluation was conducted between February and March 2015 and involved a desk review, site visits to two of FWCC’s Network partners in Vanuatu and Tonga, and two Branches in Fiji, qualitative interviews and focus groups, and an in-person survey administered to FWCC staff and stakeholders who had participated in the evaluation interviews.