Project profile — Women's Voice and Leadership - Benin

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Women's Voice and Leadership - Benin - Overview
Oxfam-Québec (XM-DAC-22501)
2019-03-20 - 2023-12-29
Country / region • Benin (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 (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)
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 globally recognized, significant gap in funding and support to women’s rights organizations and movements around the world. This project is implemented by Oxfam-Québec. Specifically, this project aims to strengthen the capacity of organizations that work to defend the rights of women and girls and to promote gender equality in their communities in Benin. The project focuses on three key aspects within beneficiary organizations: institutional and management capacity, quality of service delivery to women and girls, and the effectiveness of their joint actions in support of public policies that benefit women and girls.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) the integration of innovative approaches and the improvement of the management and sustainability of local women's rights organizations in Benin; (2) improving the performance of programming and advocacy, as well as the delivery of quality programmes and services by women's rights organizations to advance gender equality in Benin, including through innovative approaches; and (3) improving the effectiveness of national and subnational women's rights platforms, networks and alliances to change gender policies and contribute to their implementation in Benin.

Results achieved

Among the results obtained as of March 2021: 1) launch of reactive funds for the benefit of 10 women's rights organizations in year two in order to deal with the consequences of COVID-19 impacting women's rights in Burkina Faso; 2) funding of 14 women's rights organizations, six of which were emerging and eight established in the first quarter of year two in Benin after the implementation of a reactive fund; 3) the value of investments in support to women's rights organizations and women's networks at the local level amounted to $ 461,181 ($ 196,862 in Benin and $ 378,240 in Burkina Faso). From this amount, $ 82,941 was allocated to reactive funds and $ 378,240 to multi-year funds; 4) in total, 25 women's rights organizations (10 in Benin and 15 in Burkina Faso) promote women's rights, gender equality and have gained support for their programming and/or their institutional strengthening; 5) 18 administrators from selected women's rights organizations benefited from program support during the ownership workshop and webinars organized in Benin and 30 in Burkina Faso.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $526,407
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