Project profile — Securing Women’s Economic Empowerment for Recovery and Development


Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development
2019-12-23 - 2025-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh

Country / region 

• Ukraine (100.00%)


• Secondary Education: Vocational training (11330) (15.00%)
• Decentralisation and support to subnational government:
Decentralisation and support to subnational government (15112) (7.00%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (13.00%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services: Employment policy and administrative management (16020) (7.00%)
• Banking And Financial Services: Informal/semi-formal financial intermediaries (24040) (5.00%)
• Business And Other Services: Business support services and institutions (25010) (53.00%)

Policy marker 

• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)


The project aims to create economic opportunities for women and the most vulnerable conflict-affected populations of Eastern Ukraine, including those living near the line of conflict. It seeks to target women and men in pre-retirement age, single-headed households with multiple children, youth, and young women, including those who have been internally displaced, with unpaid care work responsibilities. In response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, certain project activities were adapted to address new immediate needs and protect previous development gains. Canada’s development partners in Ukraine pivoted project activities to respond to the evolving context in several ways, such as providing emergency supplies, equipment and services, mental health support, transportation and accommodation. The beneficiaries, scope, expected results, and geographic location of project activities have changed from the original description. Project activities include: (1) providing micro business grants to establish or expand home-based economic or subsistence initiatives; (2) supporting young, vulnerable women to complete professional development programs in the information technology sector; (3) providing training and equipment to the state labour centres for better service delivery to jobseekers and eliminating age, gender, and minority bias in recruitment practices; (4) supporting civil society organizations to establish Business Advisory Centres; (5) establishing childcare centres via competitive processes; and (6) implementing awareness-raising campaigns, which target adolescent girls and boys, focusing on “non-traditional” and better paying careers, and discrimination.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) enhanced economic security of rural women and the most vulnerable or marginalized, especially those affected by the conflict; (2) enhanced employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for women and the most vulnerable or marginalized; and (3) enhanced economic empowerment of women and girls (given the ongoing conflict, the project no longer operates in Eastern Ukraine).

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) responded to the immediate needs of internally displaced women, children, and men by enabling local organizations to distribute 15,000 hot meals and approximately 396 food kits to vulnerable persons; (2) provided 6 households of internally displaced women with livelihood grants assistance. This enables them to start small businesses and earn additional revenue to better support their families and integrate into their new host communities. 416 individuals (79% women and 21% men) gained awareness of the livelihood grants program during community outreach sessions in 2 new target regions; (3) made 66 referrals from vulnerable persons (54 women and 12 men) to civil society organizations for assistance with cash and housing for internally displaced persons; (4) received 1,061 Information Technology (IT) scholarship applications (971 women and 90 men) , of which 151 beneficiaries (140 women and 11 men) accessed training through the IT scholarship program; and (5) undertook 260 key informant interviews (148 women and 112 men) with local economic actors, state labour centers, businesses, and working-age individuals. This enables them to better inform new target communities and state labour centres on the employment gaps in workforce engagement, current labour market dynamics, emerging sectors in target regions, and local economic challenges linked to the outbreak of war with Russia.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $100,000
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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