Project profile — UNdaunted: Educating Girls with Disabilities in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Somalia


2020-09-02 - 2021-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Somalia (100.00%)


• Education, Level Unspecified: Education policy and administrative management (11110) (60.00%)
• Basic Education: Primary education (11220) (20.00%)
• Secondary Education: Secondary education (11320) (20.00%)

Policy marker 

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


This project aims to address the education needs arising from COVID-19 in Somalia, by providing support to education stakeholders with COVID-19 response plans and gender-responsive remote education programming for girls, particularly girls with disabilities. The project works to ensure that safe spaces for girls are being adapted to remain safely accessible in the context of COVID-19. Project activities include: (1) organizing gender-responsive messaging on COVID-19, sexual and gender-based violence, and girls with disabilities; (2) piloting digital learning solutions for girls with disabilities; (3) providing cash transfers to families to support girls’ return to school; (4) ensuring schools are disability-friendly; and (5) providing gender-responsive teacher training on distance learning, disabilities, COVID-19, and psychosocial support. This project expects to benefit 22,500 girls, including 7,500 girls with disabilities, 1,248 teachers, 1,092 members of community education committees, and 70 government officials. The project also expects to indirectly benefit 200,000 community members.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased awareness of the community and education stakeholders on culturally-appropriate and gender-responsive hygiene and safe practices specific to COVID-19 prevention; (2) increased access for girls with disabilities for distance learning solutions during school closures due to COVID-19, including messaging on preventing sexual and gender-based violence; and (3) strengthened capacity of education stakeholders on inclusive, safe and child-friendly re-opening of schools for girls with disabilities.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (December 2021) include: (1) increased COVID-19 awareness of 2,160 community members through training sessions (776 women and 1,394 men); (2) conducted 21 community outreach sessions on girls’ education, including remote learning; (3) 36,000 children reported active engagement in quality distance learning education during school closures; (4) completed 156 awareness campaigns and produced and broadcast 12 radio shows in target communities, districts and provinces to address COVID-19 prevention measures, access to girls’ education, female genital mutilation and early forced marriage and their harmful effects on access to education; and (5) provided 172 schools with safe school reopening protocols.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $1,000,000
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
02-09-2020 Commitment $1,000,000
08-09-2020 Disbursement $1,000,000
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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