Project profile — Women's Voice and Leadership - Benin


Oxfam-Québec (22501)
2019-03-20 - 2024-03-29
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Benin (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 (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)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• 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 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 activities, building 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 globally recognized, significant gap in funding and support to women’s rights organizations and movements around the world. This project is implemented by Oxfam-Québec. Specifically, this project aims to strengthen the capacity of organizations that work to defend the rights of women and girls and to promote gender equality in their communities in Benin. The project focuses on three key aspects within beneficiary organizations: institutional and management capacity, quality of service delivery to women and girls, and the effectiveness of their joint actions in support of public policies that benefit women and girls.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) the integration of innovative approaches and the improvement of the management and sustainability of local women's rights organizations in Benin; (2) improving the performance of programming and advocacy, as well as the delivery of quality programmes and services by women's rights organizations to advance gender equality in Benin, including through innovative approaches; and (3) improving the effectiveness of national and subnational women's rights platforms, networks and alliances to change gender policies and contribute to their implementation in Benin.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) increased the value of investments in support of women's rights organizations and local women's networks at local level to $829,170, in Benin; (2) Women’s rights organizations reached 120,795 direct beneficiaries and 653,048 indirect beneficiaries. This was achieved through the multi-year fund, the innovation fund and the reactive fund. Nearly 68% of direct beneficiaries are women and girls; (3) 21 women's rights organizations promote women's rights and gender equality and receive support for their programming and institutional strengthening; and (4) women's rights organizations and their networks have influenced, through their innovative actions, a total of two policies.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
31-07-2023 Disbursement $43,273
13-12-2023 Disbursement $347,135
21-02-2024 Disbursement $136,000
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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