Project profile — Women's Voice and Leadership - Pan-African


African Women's Development Fund
2019-02-21 - 2023-09-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• South of Sahara, regional (100.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal 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 (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project is part of Canada’s Women’s Voice and Leadership Program, which supports local and regional women’s organisations and networks that are working to promote women’s rights, and advance women’s empowerment and gender equality in developing countries. This is done by supporting their activities, building their institutional capacity, and promoting network and alliance-building as women’s rights and feminist organizations are critical agents of change. The Program also responds to the significant, globally recognized gap in funding and support to women’s rights organizations and movements around the world. This regional project is implemented by the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF). It aims to enable more than 50 women's rights organizations across Sub-Saharan Africa to improve the management of their programs, increase the quality of services offered and work to restore strong support networks.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved management and sustainability of regional and local women’s rights organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa; (2) enhanced performance of women’s rights organizations’ programming and advocacy to advance gender equality and empower women and girls; and (3) increased effectiveness of national and regional women’s rights platforms, networks and alliances to affect policy, legal and social change in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
24-10-2023 Disbursement -$967,985
24-10-2023 Disbursement $967,985
25-10-2023 Disbursement $967,985
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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