Project profile — CESO - Volunteer cooperation 2020-2027


CESO - Canadian Executive Service Organization (CA-CRA_ACR-3118830850)
2020-03-31 - 2027-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Tanzania (6.90%)
• Benin (5.60%)
• Burkina Faso (4.90%)
• Laos (2.70%)
• Vietnam (4.50%)
• Myanmar (3.60%)
• Honduras (3.40%)
• Ethiopia (8.50%)
• Kenya (5.60%)
• Cambodia (3.40%)
• Bolivia (4.00%)
• Peru (3.80%)
• Côte d'Ivoire (9.00%)
• Senegal (9.50%)
• Philippines (5.60%)
• Guyana (2.70%)
• Ecuador (4.80%)
• Togolese Republic (2.00%)
• Suriname (1.70%)
• Ghana (4.30%)
• Colombia (3.50%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (11.00%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services: Multi-sector aid for basic social services (16050) (8.30%)
• Forestry: Forestry policy and administrative management (31210) (4.50%)
• Industry: Agro-industries (32161) (45.00%)
• Tourism: Tourism policy and administrative management (33210) (22.20%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified: Promotion of development awareness (99820) (9.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (principal objective)
• 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 supports 2,905 volunteer placements, and aims to improve the economic and/or social wellbeing of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, particularly women and girls, with a view to contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to increasing the participation of Canadians in international development and key global issues, this project aims to increase the performance of developing country partners to deliver more inclusive, innovative, and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality. This project also works to deliver capacity building through volunteer advisors who act as mentors, advisors or coaches, and become catalysts for partners in the agriculture and tourism sectors of the project countries to realize their full potential. Project activities include: (1) providing technical assistance in strategic planning and leadership to promote innovative practices that advance inclusiveness, gender equality, and women’s economic empowerment; (2) providing technical assistance in production, operations, quality control, financial procedures, human resources management procedures, customer service, and marketing to promote gender equality and women’s economic empowerment; (3) providing technical assistance to create and/or improve gender-sensitive processes, policies, tools and practices; (4) delivering events and campaigns to inform Canadians about international development issues and opportunities to get involved with these issues; and (5) establishing a fund for partners to procure equipment and supplies necessary to implement an innovation meant to accelerate results through improved productivity, efficiency, sales and income for marginalized and vulnerable groups, particularly women.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased performance of developing country partners to deliver more inclusive, innovative and environmentally sustainable development initiatives that advance gender equality; and (2) increased engagement of Canadians in international development and key global issues.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) delivered 935 volunteer assignments, which contributed to increasing the capacity of country partners to design and deliver inclusive, innovative, environmentally sustainable development initiatives. This helped promote gender equality with 280 organizations in 21 countries across the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, East Africa and West Africa; (2) 393 volunteer advisors contributed their expertise in the agribusiness, tourism, health and nutrition, agroforestry and other sectors; (3) trained 17,915 individuals (66% women ), resulting in 2,226 development initiatives implemented by country partners that are more innovative, more environmentally sustainable and more effective at advancing gender equality, human rights and inclusion; and (4) mobilized 9,905 (39% women) Canadians to support Canada’s international development efforts through informed action or long-term commitment.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $4,920,675
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Donor country personnel
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