Project profile — Women’s Voice and Leadership - Nigeria

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Women’s Voice and Leadership - Nigeria - Overview
Action Aid Nigeria
2019-02-07 - 2024-03-31
Country / region • Nigeria (100.00%)
Sector • 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 (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 (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)
Description and results


This project is part of Canada’s Women’s Voice and Leadership Program, which supports local and regional women’s organisations 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 significant, globally recognized gap in funding and support to women’s rights organizations and movements around the world. This project, implemented by ActionAid Nigeria, is expected to directly benefit 100 local women's rights organizations and their extended networks in six states across Nigeria. The project also aims to support the implementation of innovative ideas and approaches led by local women’s rights organizations.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved institutional capacity of local women’s and girls’ rights organizations (WROs) to set their agendas and manage the delivery of their programs in Nigeria; (2) improved effectiveness of WROs to deliver programs and advocate for women’s rights, including through innovative approaches; and (3) increased effectiveness of local women’s rights platforms, movements and networks to influence policy, legislation, social beliefs and practices in favour of gender equality and innovative approaches in Nigeria.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2022 include: (1) provided over CAD 4.1 million in direct funding to over 147 women’s rights organizations across Nigeria in the form of responsive funds, multi-year grants, innovation funds, COVID-response, and research grants. Local women’s rights organizations have used over CAD 118,000 in rapid response funding to address urgent challenges or opportunities for women’s rights; (2) With the project’s support, training, and funding, 85% of women’s rights organizations reported a greater reach of their program. Also, 90% of women beneficiaries surveyed reported that they would 100% recommend the program to others based on their satisfaction; and (3) Women’s rights organizations supported through the project have influenced 29 policies, laws, frameworks or other government plans. These other government plans include the passage of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act in 12 states and the Nigerian government’s reconsideration of legislation that would increase women’s political representation.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $1,559,854
Transaction Date Type Value
05-09-2023 Disbursement $1,042,889
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