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


TFO Canada
2019-10-16 - 2024-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

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%)


• 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%)
• Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development:
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development (32130) (4.00%)
Cottage industries and handicrafts (32140) (4.00%)
Agro-industries (32161) (4.00%)
• Trade Policy And Regulations And Trade-Related Adjustment: Trade policy and administrative management (33110) (17.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (principal objective)
• 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)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)


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.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $983,501
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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