Project profile — Stimulating Sustainable Economic Growth Through Women's Participation in the Economy


Government of the Netherlands - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2010-04-26 - 2017-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Bolivia (100.00%)


• Secondary Education: Vocational training (11330) (15.00%)
• Post-Secondary Education: Advanced technical and managerial training (11430) (15.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Decentralisation and support to subnational government (15112) (25.00%)
• Banking And Financial Services: Education/training in banking and financial services (24081) (15.00%)
• Agriculture: Agricultural education/training (31181) (10.00%)
• Cottage industries and handicrafts:
Cottage industries and handicrafts (32140) (10.00%)
Textiles, leather and substitutes (32163) (10.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (significant objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


Canada is contributing to a joint project with the Netherlands project to strengthen women’s empowerment in Bolivia. Canada contribution is aimed at increasing women’s access and control over natural and productive resources (e.g. markets, property, credit, technology), access to employment, as well as enhancing women's role in decision-making in public, private and civil society sector organizations. It is expected that these results are achieved primarily by investing in training, support services and income-generating activities for women.

Expected results 


Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2016 include: (1) 14,201 women were trained in leadership, management and decision-making; (2) 18,252 women were trained in income generation and related topics; (3) 6,374 women gained access to credit, markets, land and better income opportunities; (4) 1,925 economic units (such as small enterprises and cooperatives) led by women reported an increase in their incomes, attributed at least in part to project activities; (5) at least 7,086 women have improved their skills in artisanal production, technical trades (including non-traditional careers such as construction) and business strategies. These women are better able to engage in entrepreneurial activities and have improved their access to the job market; (6) at least 1,337 women occupying public sector positions (councilors, mayors, legislative assembly members) and 2,959 women from civil society organizations received training in leadership, management, and decision-making skills, and as a result are now better equipped for their current positions and have advanced their career prospects; (7) 3,406 public and private service providers (police, civil servants, community workers) and 2,970 decision-makers received training on Law 348 and the right to a life free of violence, including provision of services to women, men and adolescents; (8) partner organizations put forward 72 proposals to decision-makers to improve the legal and normative framework, prevent violence against women and provide services to victims. Through numerous partners, this project contributed to the adoption of Law 348, designed to guarantee women a life free of violence, and to the Gender Identity Law, enacted in May 2016, which allows transgender people to change their name, sex and photo on official and private documents.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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