Project profile — Daring to Shift: Young Women at the Centre of Inclusive Growth


DOT - Digital Opportunity Trust (CA-CRA_ACR-3863303137)
2019-11-22 - 2023-12-01
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Ghana (1.00%)
• Malawi (1.00%)
• Rwanda (17.00%)
• Jordan (19.00%)
• Kenya (23.00%)
• South Africa (5.00%)
• Zambia (1.00%)
• Uganda (1.00%)
• Tanzania (15.00%)
• Lebanon (17.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (30.00%)
• Communication: Information and communication technology (ICT) (22040) (30.00%)
• Business And Other Services: Business Development Services (25030) (40.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (principal 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)


The project aims to enhance the resilience and economic inclusion of participating unemployed and underemployed youth (between the ages of 18 and 35) and their communities in regions of sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. The project works to develop and support the leadership and decision-making power of young women to enable them to thrive and take advantage of economic opportunities despite barriers that they face. The project takes an innovative approach to scaling-up youth empowerment, leadership and social entrepreneurship. The main project activities are taking place in Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Rwanda and Tanzania, while also deepening and extending them in Ghana, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia with support from a youth-led digital innovation team in South Africa. Project activities include: (1) co-develop with, and provide learning programs for youth in leadership, digital skills and innovation, gender equality, social innovation and entrepreneurship; (2) offer community placements to young women so they can train local partners and collaborators to develop gender responsive policies and programs; (3) create linkages between the private sector and governments to develop policies and programs to close the gender digital divide (inequality for women and girls with regard to the access, use and impact of technology); (4) train DOT local partners to act as regional hubs that identify, execute and scale youth leadership, social entrepreneurship and social innovation programs that are gender responsive; and (5) test new business models with DOT local partners and collaborators in Ghana, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased leadership of young women and men to advance gender equitable social or economic development; (2) strengthened enabling environments supporting young women-led social innovation and economic empowerment; and (3) increased scale of gender-responsive social or economic impact led by youth.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $769,781
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
18-10-2023 Disbursement $1,229,174
31-03-2024 Disbursement $500,000
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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