Project profile — CESO - Volunteer cooperation 2020-2027

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CESO - Volunteer cooperation 2020-2027 - Overview
CESO - Canadian Executive Service Organization (CA-CRA_ACR-3118830850)
2020-03-31 - 2026-12-31
Country / region • Ghana (4.30%)
• Bolivia (4.00%)
• Vietnam (4.50%)
• Philippines (5.60%)
• Suriname (1.70%)
• Ecuador (4.80%)
• Togolese Republic (2.00%)
• Guyana (2.70%)
• Peru (3.80%)
• Burkina-Faso (4.90%)
• Myanmar (3.60%)
• Tanzania (6.90%)
• Colombia (3.50%)
• Benin (5.60%)
• Honduras (3.40%)
• Laos (2.70%)
• Kenya (5.60%)
• Côte d'Ivoire (9.00%)
• Cambodia (3.40%)
• Ethiopia (8.50%)
• Senegal (9.50%)
Sector • Government And Civil Society, General
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (11.00%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services
Multi-sector aid for basic social services (16050) (8.30%)
• Forestry
Forestry policy and administrative management (31210) (4.50%)
• Industry
Agro-industries (32161) (45.00%)
• Tourism
Tourism policy and administrative management (33210) (22.20%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified
Promotion of development awareness (99820) (9.00%)
Policy marker • Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Trade development (principal objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
Description and results


This project supports 2,905 volunteer placements, and aims to improve the economic and/or social wellbeing of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, particularly women and girls, with a view to contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to increasing the participation of Canadians in international development and key global issues, this project aims to increase the performance of developing country partners to deliver more inclusive, innovative, and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality. This project also works to deliver capacity building through volunteer advisors who act as mentors, advisors or coaches, and become catalysts for partners in the agriculture and tourism sectors of the project countries to realize their full potential. Project activities include: (1) providing technical assistance in strategic planning and leadership to promote innovative practices that advance inclusiveness, gender equality, and women’s economic empowerment; (2) providing technical assistance in production, operations, quality control, financial procedures, human resources management procedures, customer service, and marketing to promote gender equality and women’s economic empowerment; (3) providing technical assistance to create and/or improve gender-sensitive processes, policies, tools and practices; (4) delivering events and campaigns to inform Canadians about international development issues and opportunities to get involved with these issues; and (5) establishing a fund for partners to procure equipment and supplies necessary to implement an innovation meant to accelerate results through improved productivity, efficiency, sales and income for marginalized and vulnerable groups, particularly women.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased performance of developing country partners to deliver more inclusive, innovative and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality; and (2) increased engagement of Canadians in international development and key global issues.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2022 include: (1) 520 volunteer assignments (including 39 for Canadian volunteers working in the project countries and 481 for Canadians working virtually) were delivered, which contributed to increased capacity of country partners to deliver more inclusive, innovative, environmentally sustainable development initiatives which promote gender equality with 254 organizations in 19 countries across five regions: East Africa, West Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Caribbean; (2) 285 volunteer advisors have contributed their expertise in the agribusiness, tourism, health and nutrition, agroforestry and other sectors, and have trained 5 301 individuals (of whom 3,466 (65.4%) are women) resulting in 948 development initiatives implemented by country partners that are more innovative, more environmentally sustainable as well as more effective at advancing gender equality, human rights and inclusion; and, (3) 8 417 (38.6% women) Canadians were mobilized to support Canada’s international development efforts through informed action and/or long-term commitment.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $6,495,096
Transaction Date Type Value
27-10-2022 Disbursement $3,285,220
12-05-2022 Disbursement $3,209,876
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