Project profile — Broadening Economic and Social Transformation for Women’s Economic Empowerment and Recovery


Aga Khan Foundation Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011141)
2021-02-24 - 2026-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Pakistan (100.00%)


• Secondary Education: Vocational training (11330) (35.00%)
• Democratic participation and civil society:
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (25.00%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (10.00%)
• Business And Other Services: Business Development Services (25030) (30.00%)

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 (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 aims to reduce social, cultural and institutional barriers to women’s engagement in economic and social spheres in Pakistan. It seeks to create an enabling environment that supports women’s economic recovery and success in a coronavirus (COVID-19) context. The project will also address the dimensions of unpaid care and care-related work. Project activities include: (1) engaging with leaders, employers, civil society, families and the legislature to increase acceptance and challenge gender norms around women in the workplace in Pakistan; (2) seeking to ensure the legislative frameworks that protect women in public spaces are well understood, accepted and enforced; and (3) enhancing the social and economic agency of women in the Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan regions of (Northern Pakistan) by providing new skills, entrepreneurial and business-incubation training opportunities, plus leadership and confidence-building initiatives.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) reduced social, cultural, institutional, and economic barriers for women’s engagement in economic and social spheres during COVID-19 recovery and rebuilding; and (2) enhanced social and economic agency of women in Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan during COVID-19 recovery and rebuilding.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $2,000,000
Planned disbursement $4,692,882
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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