This Annual Report covers the period from 01 January to 31 December 2018, describing the operations of the Spotlight Initiative to design Country and Regional Programmes in Latin America and Africa, as well as early activities implemented in these regions between 26 July and the end of December 2018. It also presents progress made in Asia through the Safe and Fair Programme, as well as portfolio development in the Caribbean and Pacific regions. At the global level, this Annual Report highlights the communications initiatives undertaken in 2018 to promote and raise the visibility of the Spotlight Initiative. The closing section presents an overview of financial information in adherence with the requirements specified in the contract with the European Union (EU).