Project profile — Women’s Voice and Leadership – Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)


The Carter Center (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011123)
2018-12-24 - 2024-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Congo, Democratic Republic (96.74%)
• Developing countries, unspecified (3.26%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (96.74%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified: Sectors not specified (99810) (3.26%)

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 provides Congolese women’s organizations with the tools, resources, funding and mentoring needed to strengthen and sustain their technical and organizational capacity to drive change and promote the rights of women and girls, as well as advance gender equality in five provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This project is implemented by The Carter Centre. Project activities include: (1) providing tailored, long-term training and mentorship for Congolese women’s organizations; (2) providing Congolese women’s organizations with direct, multi-year funding; (3) establishing and strengthening networks of women’s organizations by facilitating exchanges to share experiences, accomplishments and lessons learned in order to build solidarity around a common vision for the feminist movement; and (4) supporting women’s rights organizations in the design and development of their advocacy strategies. This project supports new and innovative approaches to promote the rights of women and girls and advance their empowerment through a separate fund open to a broad range of Congolese women’s organizations.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved management, sustainability, performance and innovation of local women’s rights organizations; (2) increased collaboration, collective action and innovation of local women’s rights organizations and platforms to advance gender equality and the rights of women; and (3) increased effectiveness of women’s rights organizations, platforms and movements to affect policy, legal and social change in the DRC.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) increased the capacity of 75% of the supported women’s rights organizations to manage their programs sustainably; (2) funded 17 women’s rights organizations to achieve at least 50% of their objectives; (3) increased the ability of eight women’s rights organizations to work together on shared concerns on key women’s rights issues; (4) increased the capacity of 10 women’s rights organizations to advocate and network for women’s participation; and (5) increased the capacity of 21 women’s rights organizations through capacity-building activities. As a result, 90% engaged in strategic planning, 80% improved their management and governance systems, and 75% achieved a minimum level of viability. These results also contributed to increasing the enjoyment of human rights by women and girls and advancing gender equality in the six intervention provinces of the Women’s Voice and Leadership project.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $533,694
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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