Project profile — Innovation in Non-traditional Vocational Education and Skills Training (INVEST) for women in Ghana


WUSC - World University Service of Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-3119304848)
2020-03-31 - 2025-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Ghana (100.00%)


• Education, Level Unspecified: Teacher training (11130) (18.55%)
• Secondary Education: Vocational training (11330) (19.23%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (28.59%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services: Employment policy and administrative management (16020) (25.44%)
• General Environmental Protection: Environmental education/training (41081) (8.19%)

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 addresses key socio-cultural barriers to women’s participation in more lucrative, non-traditional and high-growth sectors by using an inclusive market system approach. This project is part of the Preliminary Call for Proposals Innovation for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Ghana. This project focuses on training and young urban poor women’s capacity building in three main urban areas of Ghana. It seeks to improve societal attitudes toward women in trades and technology. This project will build on the capacity of local Technical and Vocational Education and Training organizations, local training providers, to design and deliver gender-sensitive, skills-based, market-relevant skills training in high-growth sectors (such as electricity and electronics), focusing on employing young women. It also helps industry hire, promote and retain women in the workplace. Women employees and industry partners receive technical assistance and training on labour rights, mentoring, and coaching to build their capacity to support women in their chosen field. This project directly benefits 5,000 women in the urban areas of Accra, Kumasi and Sekondi-Takoradi by helping them develop skills to secure their employment or start their own business. Amongst these women, 80% (4,000) are between the age of 18 and 35.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved enabling environment and reduced gender-specific barriers for women's participation in economic growth; and (2) enhanced access to decent work for women.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $1,280,788
Transaction Date Type Value
25-06-2024 Disbursement $1,123,267
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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