Project profile — Women's Voice and Leadership - Mali


Consortium SOCODEVI / CECI Universite of Sherbrooke (CA-CRA_ACR-3104918610)
2018-11-08 - 2023-11-15
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Mali (100.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• 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)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project is part of Canada’s Women’s Voice and Leadership Program, which supports local and regional women’s organizations and networks that are working to promote women’s rights, and advance women’s empowerment and gender equality in developing countries. This is done by supporting activities, building institutional capacity, and promoting network and alliance-building as women’s rights and feminist organizations are critical agents of change. The Program also responds to the globally recognized, significant gap in funding and support to women’s rights organizations and movements around the world. This project is being implemented by a consortium formed of the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and the Société de coopération pour le développement international (SOCODEVI). The project supports an estimated 19 local women’s right organizations (WRO) and 6 networks which regroup 3,200 members to eventually reach up to 1.4 million Malians country-wide. Project activities include: (1) providing multi-year and quick response funding to the 19 WROs; and (2) supporting capacity building of WROs.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased efficiency in implementing local women’s rights organizations programmes and activities through an innovative approach that contributes to advance gender equality; (2) increased efficiency of advocacy of networks that bring together organizations that defend women's rights in order to generate impacts on policies and legal and social institutions; and (3) institutional strengthening, in an innovative manner, of local women’s rights organizations in Mali especially those representing vulnerable and marginalized women and girls.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) 19 local women's rights organizations (LWRO) implemented Positive Masculinity program; (2) mapping of LWRO and platforms, alliances and networks presented and sensitized at the national level to their counterparts and technical and financial partners through media workshops, roundtables, radio broadcasts, blogs and video capsules. These activities reached 182 people directly, including 60 women, 49 young women, 30 girls, 37 men and 6 boys, and 500,000 people indirectly, including 340,000 women, through 106 broadcasts of messages in two local languages during a radio campaign in Mopti; and (3) MUSOYA application updated to include an audio dimension enabling non-literate women and girls to use the application, taking into account the language barrier so that they can take full advantage of the application's potential.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
20-02-2024 Disbursement $311,925
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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