Project profile — Women's Voice and Leadership - Ethiopia


Plan International Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011149)
2019-03-25 - 2024-09-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Ethiopia (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 (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (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 organizations (WOs) and networks working to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality in developing countries. This is done by supporting their activities, building institutional capacity, and promoting network and alliance-building as women’s and feminist organizations are critical agents of change. The program also responds to the globally recognized, significant gap in funding and support to women’s organizations and movements worldwide. In Ethiopia, the project aims to transform unequal gender power relations, and improve women’s and girls’ social position and achieve the full realization of their rights. Designed to provide women’s organizations with the capacity, resources and opportunity to realize their mission and vision, address their organizational challenges, promote efficiencies in programming, and create a platform for coordinated advocacy and networking. The project aims to reach up to 113 local, regional and national WOs across four regions of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa, Amhara, Oromia, and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region - SNNPR). The project also provides training and support to over 70 young feminists and 24 core trainers and coaches.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved management and sustainability of local women’s organizations advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in Ethiopia, particularly those representing vulnerable and marginalized women and girls; (2) enhanced performance of women’s organizations’ programming and advocacy to advance gender equality and empower women and girls in Ethiopia; and (3) increased effectiveness of sub-national and national women’s platforms, networks and alliances to affect policy, legal and social change in Ethiopia.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of May 2023 include: (1) supported 48 women’s organizations to complete capacity assessments and development plans to improve their management and sustainability; (2) trained and mentored 501 members of women’s organizations to boost their organizations’ operational and programming capacities; (3) 180 young women leaders participated in workshops and training on women’s rights activism; (4) provided direct funding to 114 women’s organizations to advance women’s rights and gender equality; and (5) provided $3,808,127 directly to women’s organizations and networks.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $95,131
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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