Project profile — Women’s Voice and Leadership - Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Nigeria


Action Aid Nigeria
2020-07-16 - 2021-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Nigeria (100.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (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 (significant objective)


As part of Canada’s international efforts to respond to COVID-19, the project is supporting local women’s rights organizations to address an increase in sexual and gender-based violence, and a widening gap in services for survivors in Nigeria. These additional resources work to help Nigerian women’s rights organizations play a critical role in response, ramping up activities such as protection services, emergency support, and increasing awareness and advocacy efforts. This project is part of Canada’s Women’s Voice and Leadership Program, which supports local and regional women’s organizations and networks 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 significant, globally recognized gap in funding and support to women’s rights organizations and movements worldwide. This project, implemented by ActionAid Nigeria, is expected to directly benefit 100 local women's rights organizations and their extended networks in six states across Nigeria. The project also aims to support the implementation of innovative ideas and approaches led by local women’s rights organizations.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved institutional capacity of local women’s and girls’ rights organizations (WROs) to set their agendas and manage the delivery of their programs in Nigeria; (2) improved effectiveness of WROs to deliver programs and advocate for women’s rights, including through innovative approaches; and (3) increased effectiveness of local women’s rights platforms, movements and networks to influence policy, legislation, social beliefs and practices in favour of gender equality and innovative approaches in Nigeria.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2021 include: (1) provided 20 local women’s rights organizations with funds to respond to the increase in sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Six of these organizations piloted innovative approaches to address SGBV during the pandemic, such as free virtual counselling through social media platforms, which amplified their reach and service delivery for survivors; (2) provided economic support and/or protection services such as legal and medical services, shelter and psycho-social support to over 3,323 survivors of SGBV; and (3) reached over 3.5 million people through awareness campaigns on COVID-19 protection. Through these campaigns, survivors of SGBV were also encouraged to seek support and connect with key referral services.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
16-07-2020 Commitment $750,000
29-07-2020 Disbursement $385,892
03-11-2020 Disbursement $81,769
09-03-2021 Disbursement $282,339
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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