Project profile — Women in Trade for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Growth

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Women in Trade for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Growth - Overview
TFO Canada
2019-10-16 - 2024-12-31
Country / region • Africa, regional (50.00%)
• West Indies, regional (10.00%)
• North and Central America, regional (10.00%)
• South America, regional (10.00%)
• Middle East, regional (10.00%)
• South Asia, regional (10.00%)
Sector • Government And Civil Society, General
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (51.00%)
• Business And Other Services
Business support services and institutions (25010) (20.00%)
• Industry
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development (32130) (4.00%)
• Industry
Cottage industries and handicrafts (32140) (4.00%)
• Industry
Agro-industries (32161) (4.00%)
• Trade Policy And Regulations And Trade-Related Adjustment
Trade policy and administrative management (33110) (17.00%)
Policy marker • Disability (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Trade development (principal objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
Description and results


The project aims to increase the number of women from developing countries involved in international trade as exporters, and aims to increase the share of exports generated by women-led small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The project seeks to address the main constraints faced by women exporters including limited skills, resources and networks to be able to access global trade markets, and low levels of involvement as members and leaders of trade support institutions. The project aims to focus on particular sectors, including fresh fruits and vegetables, processed foods, and niche market artisan products and services, as there are favourable opportunities for employment creation for women in these sectors. The project works in 24 developing countries, of which 50% is in Sub-Saharan Africa. As well, 50% of project resources aim to be allocated to Sub-Saharan Africa. Project activities include: (1) mentoring programs put in place for women-led SMEs on becoming exporters; (2) implementing capacity building for Trade Support Institutions to gain the knowledge, skills and resources they need to export to Canada and other international markets, including information on consumer demand, buyers and buyer behaviour, regulations and pricing; and (3) linking women entrepreneurs with women business/export promotion networks to increase their market knowledge and develop their business contacts. The project aims to directly benefit 13,150 SMEs, of which 6,650 are women-owned/led, and 30 are Trade Support Institutions.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved representation of women-led SMEs in selected Trade Support Institutions; and (2) women-led and men-led SMEs in selected sectors are better able to identify and respond to Canadian market demand and other international market demands.



Original budget $2,343,750
Planned Disbursement $3,114,664
Transaction Date Type Value
12-09-2023 Disbursement $413,551
19-05-2023 Disbursement $588,874
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