Project profile — Women’s Economic Advancement for Collective Transformation (WeACT)


Oxfam-Québec (22501)
2020-02-07 - 2024-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Ghana (100.00%)


• Legal and judicial development:
Legal and judicial development (15130) (10.00%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (60.00%)
• Agricultural financial services:
Agricultural financial services (31193) (10.00%)
Agricultural co-operatives (31194) (20.00%)

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)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to address the gender-specific barriers for women, including young women, working in agriculture and in the informal economy of the shea and cocoa sectors in the Upper West, Upper East, Northern and Western Regions of Ghana. The project works to increase women’s agency and leadership to become economically empowered through multiple entry points. The project also aims to bring together many stakeholders working collaboratively and relying on their strengths and areas of influence, to shift gender-related attitudes and behaviours across the agricultural sector. Project activities include: (1) increasing the ability of women and young women to individually and collectively overcome legal and social barriers; (2) improving capacity for household members to recognize, reduce and redistribute unpaid work; (3) increasing access to innovative and viable gender-responsive business models; and (4) enhancing equal access to productive resources for women, including gender-responsive financial products and land ownership and use. The project aims to directly benefit more than 5 400 women (between the ages of 18 and 60) by providing technical and financial support to empower them economically. 955 women will participate in dialogue spaces with traditional and religious leaders. 900 women will receive gender-responsive skills development training, and 540 (50%) of them will receive direct technical and financial assistance for the development of alternative livelihoods opportunities.

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 in four regions of Ghana; and 2) increased productivity and revenue of economically active women in cocoa and Shea producing communities in four regions of Ghana.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 31, 2023: (1) 11677 women (exceeding the end of project target of 5400) (ages 18 to 60) have benefited directly from this project by receiving technical and financial support to empower them economically; and (2) 792 (end of project target of 955) women have participated in dialogue with traditional and religious leaders on gender issues. 900 women (end of project target of 900) have received gender-responsive skills-development training, and 540 of them have received direct technical and financial assistance for the development of alternative livelihoods opportunities.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $1,093,353
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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