Project profile — Supporting Women Micro-Entrepreneurs to Improve Women’s Economic Empowerment



Overview 

CA-3-D000305001
$8,000,000
Government of the Philippines - Philippines Commission on Women
2015-01-21 - 2022-06-30
Operational
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Philippines (100.00%)

Sector 

• Business And Other Services: Business support services and institutions (25010) (30.00%)
• Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development:
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development (32130) (40.00%)
Agro-industries (32161) (10.00%)
Textiles, leather and substitutes (32163) (10.00%)
• General Environmental Protection: Environmental policy and administrative management (41010) (10.00%)

Policy marker 

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

Description 

This initiative seeks to assist women micro-entrepreneurs in the food, clothing, and home-style sectors to successfully and sustainably grow their businesses. The project aims to help women entrepreneurs enhance their products and improve their productivity, marketing, and compliance with safety and business regulations and standards. It also aims to help them connect to domestic and global markets. The project works with key national government agencies, including the Department of Trade and Industry, local governments and the private sector to make business development programs and services more environmentally sustainable and responsive to the needs of women entrepreneurs. The project expects to benefit approximately 12,000 women’s micro-enterprises, out of an estimated total of 46,000 in the relevant subsectors. The project also helps the Philippine Commission on Women to implement the Magna Carta of Women, a comprehensive women's human rights law that seeks to eliminate discrimination against Filipino women, with a specific focus on women’s economic empowerment. As with all program based approaches, Canada works in close cooperation with other donors and the Government of the Philippines to strengthen its aid effectiveness, by focussing on effective, transparent, and accountable country systems; increasing donor coordination; and strengthening mutual accountability. The initiative fosters greater policy dialogue among donors, government, and private sector, thus contributing to long-term development results. This initiative is continuously monitored and evaluated in coordination with other donors through the joint government-donor Official Development Assistance - Gender and Development Network. The project also helps the Philippine Commission on Women to implement the Magna Carta of Women, a comprehensive women's human rights law that seeks to eliminate discrimination against Filipino women, with a specific focus on women’s economic empowerment. As with all program based approaches, Canada works in close cooperation with other donors and the Government of the Philippines to strengthen its aid effectiveness, by focussing on effective, transparent, and accountable country systems; increasing donor coordination; and strengthening mutual accountability. The initiative fosters greater policy dialogue among donors, government, and private sector, thus contributing to long-term development results. This initiative is continuously monitored and evaluated in coordination with other donors through the joint government-donor Official Development Assistance - Gender and Development Network.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved competitiveness and sustainability of women’s micro enterprises; and (2) improved enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment..

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2021 include: (1) 55% of the 831 participating women’s micro-enterprises (WMEs) increased their sales by at least 30%; (2) 59% of the WMEs have increased the size of their assets; (3) 80% of the WMEs have implemented improved environmental management practices; (4) 36% of the WMEs doubled their production; (5) 58% of the WMEs expanded their market to include institutional buyers; (6) 94% of the WMEs have very high level of awareness on environmental management practices; (7) 76% of the participating 245 WMEs who received assistance on product design and assessment developed new products; (8) 85% of the 638 WMEs provided with capacity development interventions on enterprise and management made use of business development programs and services; (9) 79% of the WME owners have very high level of confidence in their ability to manage businesses, access services and engage in policy dialogue; (10) 34 programs of participating government and private sector partners provided to the WMEs are gender sensitive; (11) 15 women’s economic empowerment (WEE) champions or advocates from partner agencies in existing economic councils or Cabinet clusters represented the issues and concerns of WMEs; (12) 37 programs, activities, projects and services of participating government and private sector partners were assessed using the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines; (13) 5 project partners have gender responsive programs; and (14) 11 policies supporting WEE (such as Memorandum Circular, Special Order, Resolution) were issued by partner government agencies and national industry councils, providing a more robust enabling environment for WEE.

Budget and spending 


Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transactions
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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