Project profile — Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO) - Volunteer Sending 2015-2020


CESO - Canadian Executive Service Organization (CA-CRA_ACR-3118830850)
2015-04-17 - 2020-05-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Canada (3.19%)
• Philippines (9.71%)
• Côte d'Ivoire (8.22%)
• Vietnam (5.20%)
• Ethiopia (5.98%)
• Myanmar (1.10%)
• Ecuador (4.82%)
• Guyana (4.30%)
• Honduras (5.18%)
• Jamaica (1.30%)
• Senegal (11.03%)
• Bolivia (5.61%)
• Suriname (1.20%)
• Colombia (2.79%)
• Tanzania (9.48%)
• Peru (3.39%)
• Benin (5.20%)
• Burkina Faso (8.38%)
• Developing countries, unspecified (3.92%)


• Public sector policy and administrative management:
Public sector policy and administrative management (15110) (2.10%)
Decentralisation and support to subnational government (15112) (2.10%)
• Banking And Financial Services: Informal/semi-formal financial intermediaries (24040) (6.80%)
• Business And Other Services: Business support services and institutions (25010) (24.40%)
• Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development:
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development (32130) (22.00%)
Agro-industries (32161) (8.00%)
• Tourism: Tourism policy and administrative management (33210) (1.71%)
• Rural development:
Rural development (43040) (22.39%)
Multisector education/training (43081) (2.00%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified: Promotion of development awareness (99820) (8.50%)

Policy marker 

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


This volunteer cooperation project supports more than 1,749 short-term volunteer assignments and contributes to the improved economic and social well-being of beneficiaries in 17 developing countries. The project aims to improve the capacity of 60 local partners and more than a thousand clients among their networks to deliver sustainable development results. The local partners are local institutions, public sector agencies, and regional economic associations. The project also aims to: (1) support inclusive private sector development, primarily in the manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, agribusiness, and microfinance sectors; and (2) support democratic governance, strengthening public management systems and capacities at both national and municipal levels. The establishment or improvement of business, trade and knowledge-sharing linkages among local partners are supported by activities centred around lead countries in each geographic region. The project also supports an outreach component to engage highly-skilled Canadian women and men as Volunteer Advisors; and to increase awareness of Canada’s efforts to address development priorities among Canadians.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) increased capacity of developing country partners to deliver sustainable development results, in response to local needs, by making use of the skills and expertise of qualified Canadian volunteers ; and (2) enhanced Canadians’ participation in Canada’s sustainable development efforts.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (March 2020) include: (1) 1,863 (exceeding the project’s target of 1,749) volunteer assignments (1,447 North-South, including 1,426 in-person and 21 virtual, 14 South-North, 14 South-South) were delivered, which contributed to stronger and more effective public and private sector institutions, while promoting sustainable economic development and governance with 690 organizations in 17 countries across five regions: East Africa, West Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Caribbean; (2) 605 volunteer advisors (of which 188 were women) have contributed their expertise in a broad range of economic and social development sectors, exceeding the project’s target of 530, and have trained 32,591 (of which 16,710 (51%) were women), exceeding the project’s target of 30,000; (3) the majority of assignments fell into the broad sector of Sustainable Economic Growth (78%), followed by Democracy (18%) and Food Security (4%); (4) among those trained, the percentage of beneficiaries who stated an improvement in their social well-being was 90%, and in their economic conditions was 79% as a result of developing country partner projects; (5) 93% of developing country partners reported an increase in their skills, knowledge or abilities due to volunteer placements; and (6) over 11,000,000 Canadians were informed about the project through the organization's communication channels.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
05-08-2020 Disbursement $1,100,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Donor country personnel
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