Project profile — Making Trade Work for Women in Africa


TFO Canada
2019-08-29 - 2024-05-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Ethiopia (25.00%)
• Madagascar (25.00%)
• Lesotho (25.00%)
• Uganda (25.00%)


• Business support services and institutions:
Business support services and institutions (25010) (40.00%)
Business Development Services (25030) (10.00%)
• Industry: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development (32130) (10.00%)
• Trade facilitation:
Trade facilitation (33120) (30.00%)
Trade education/training (33181) (10.00%)

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)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims to improve the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs working in the areas of apparel, textile, fashion accessories and home décor in Lesotho, Uganda, Madagascar and Ethiopia. The project works to provide training and technical assistance so women-led enterprises can increase their exports to Canada and other foreign markets. The project also aims to assist local trade support institutions (TSIs) to provide gender responsive market access services, and ensure women-owned enterprises are accessing those services and implementing export plans for Canadian and other foreign markets. Project activities include: (1) providing training and technical assistance on market access services to women-led enterprises; (2) providing training and technical assistance to local TSIs on sustainable business plans, which include new revenue generating services and funding opportunities from local and international funders; and (3) providing training and technical assistance to women-led enterprises to increase their access to the financial and human resources necessary to implement their export plans. The project aims to directly benefit 240 women-owned/led small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that work to access gender responsive market services to access Canadian and other foreign markets, and 60 local TSI staff to receive training and technical assistance on self-sustaining governance structures that promote women leadership and gender responsive market access services to women led/owned SMEs in the targeted countries.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes of this project include: (1) supported local Trade Support Institutions (TSIs) provide gender-responsive market access services to women-led or owned SMEs in target countries; and (2) supported women-owned or led Small and Medium Enterprises implement export plans for Canadian and other foreign markets.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of April 2023 include: (1) local Trade Support Institutions (TSIs) increased the number of women-led Small and Medium Enterprises from the beginning of the project by 30%, exceeding their target by 11%; (2) improved the number of inclusive governance and accountability structures amongst TSIs. They increased by 57% and provided 239 women entrepreneurs with financial or business development services on trade and export.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $50,000
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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