Project profile — Support to the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children's Health (CanWaCH) 2016-2020


Canadian Network for MaternalNewborn and Child Health (CA-CRA_ACR-2801002593)
2016-03-03 - 2021-05-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Canada (11.12%)
• South of Sahara, regional (49.77%)
• America, regional (16.00%)
• Asia, regional (23.11%)


• Health, General: Health policy and administrative management (12110) (58.00%)
• Basic Health: Health education (12261) (10.00%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified: Promotion of development awareness (99820) (32.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• 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 (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)


The project supports the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH), a network of Canadian non-governmental organizations, health professionals and academia representatives who work on issues related to maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries. The project aims to: (1) enhance knowledge sharing among its member organizations of best practices in women’s, adolescents' and children’s health globally, including sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR); (2) increase the contribution of Canadian partners and technical experts to report on global health; and (3) improve engagement of Canadian stakeholders, the private sector and the public on global women’s, adolescents' and children’s health issues. CanWaCH’s work is focused on the core pillars of: knowledge exchange, measuring results and stakeholder engagement.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved use of data/measures to inform performance and decision-making; (2) enhanced knowledge sharing of best practices in women’s, adolescents’ and children’s health among network partners, including the promotion of gender equality through women’s, adolescents’ and children’s health programming; and (3) improved engagement of stakeholders in women’s, adolescents’ and children’s health issues.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (May 2021) include: (1) designed and launched the Project Explorer platform, which houses data on over 1200 projects. 95% of CanWaCH members have entered projects in the platform. This contributed to an improved access and use of health data to inform performance and decision-making by Canadian organizations working in the global health sector; (2) funded six projects through the Canadian Collaborative for Global Health initiative, which tackled diverse data challenges and incubated potential solutions using multi-sectoral partnerships; (3) hosted nine flagship events over the life of the project, and numerous high-level events such as roundtables between Canadian government ministers and Canadian health partners, the 2017 Global Adolescent Health Conference and the 2019 international development week. These events contributed to a strengthened engagement between CanWaCH, global health partners, academia, the Canadian government and public; (4) designed and delivered Gender Equality Training Modules to 136 representatives from 40 Canadian organizations working in global health, increasing their capacity to deliver gender-transformative and rights-based approaches through their respective programming; and (5) launched the Lead On Canada (LoC) Public Engagement Campaign in 2018 which amplified CanWaCH members’ work and increased their capacity to reach Canadians, particularly for lower-resourced Small and Medium Organizations. In doing so, the project was able to increase awareness of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health issues among Canadians, as evidenced by over 60,000 visits of LoC products during the project’s final quarter.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $1,442,941
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
14-10-2021 Disbursement $498,392
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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