Project profile — Veterinarians without Borders - Volunteer Cooperation 2020-2027


Veterinarians Without Borders (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011170)
2020-03-31 - 2027-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Vietnam (5.00%)
• Ghana (30.00%)
• Laos (15.00%)
• Cambodia (15.00%)
• Senegal (5.00%)
• Kenya (30.00%)


• Basic Health: Infectious disease control (12250) (8.00%)
• Democratic participation and civil society:
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (16.00%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (9.00%)
• Communication: Information and communication technology (ICT) (22040) (4.00%)
• Agricultural development:
Agricultural development (31120) (1.00%)
Food crop production (31161) (2.00%)
Livestock (31163) (16.00%)
Agricultural education/training (31181) (12.00%)
Agricultural co-operatives (31194) (5.00%)
Livestock/veterinary services (31195) (16.00%)
• Industry: Agro-industries (32161) (2.00%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified: Promotion of development awareness (99820) (9.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant 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 (significant objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project supports 190 volunteer placements and aims to improve the economic and social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized people, particularly women and girls, through animal, human and environmental health contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to increasing engagement of Canadians in international development and key global issues, this project works to increase the performance of 10 developing country partners to deliver more inclusive, innovative, and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality. The project also works to use the skills of Canadian volunteers to support smallholder farmers, primarily women, to reduce poverty by improving family income and nutrition principally through improved production of livestock and crops. By working with local women’s organizations and associations, as well as local partners that work with and support the identified women’s groups, the project aims to help women assume greater leadership and control over their livelihoods. Project activities include: (1) recruiting and providing gender sensitive training to Canadian volunteers; (2) selecting and training women as community animal health workers in 93 communities; (3) conducting gender equality, gendered environmental and organizational capacity assessments with country partners; (4) developing policies on gender equality, animal health and the environment with partners, and providing gender sensitivity training to farming communities and staff of partner organizations, as well as delivering seminars to improve livelihoods of rural farmers through animal husbandry and production training; and (5) integrating innovative practices (telemedicine, gender equitable-family model, bio-gas harvesting) to reduce the workload burden for women.

Expected results 

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

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) mobilized 71 volunteer assignments to support nine local partners; (2) seven local partners declared new or improved initiatives that are more effective in advancing gender equality; (3) trained 136,387 Small-scale farmers in safe livestock production; and (4) conducted 11 educational events with Canadian universities, vet and animal health associations, and the general public.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $1,286,196
Planned disbursement $1,123,210
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Donor country personnel
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