Project profile — Canadian Crossroads International - Volunteer Cooperation 2020-2027


Canadian Crossroads International (CA-CRA_ACR-3129814570)
2020-04-08 - 2026-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Uganda (5.00%)
• Ethiopia (5.00%)
• Ghana (20.00%)
• Guinea (10.00%)
• Zambia (10.00%)
• Togolese Republic (10.00%)
• Burkina Faso (5.00%)
• Côte d'Ivoire (5.00%)
• Swaziland (10.00%)
• Senegal (10.00%)
• Tanzania (10.00%)


• Democratic participation and civil society:
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (40.00%)
Human rights (15160) (10.00%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (10.00%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services: Employment policy and administrative management (16020) (10.00%)
• Agricultural education/training:
Agricultural education/training (31181) (10.00%)
Agricultural co-operatives (31194) (10.00%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified: Promotion of development awareness (99820) (10.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal 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)
• 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 supports 770 volunteer placements, and aims to improve the economic and social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, especially women and girls, with a view to contributing to sustainable development goals in the target countries. In addition to increasing the participation of Canadians in international development, particularly in the areas of gender equality, economic growth and inclusive governance, the project also aims to strengthen the capacity of more than 60 local civil society organizations and government partners, 72% of which are women's rights organizations, to deliver stronger programming in the areas of women's rights, access to justice, reduction of gender-based violence, and economic empowerment and leadership. Project activities include : (1) developing organizational capacity building plans and initiatives on women's social inclusion, human rights and environmental sustainability for partners; (2) organizing pan-Canadian awareness campaigns and knowledge sharing activities focusing on women's rights, access to justice, violence against women, leadership, and economic and environmental justice; (3) creating special thematic funds to promote gender equality, economic empowerment, human rights, environmental sustainability and innovation; and (4) providing train to returned volunteers to continue to be champions of gender equality and advance women's rights after their placement.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased participation of Canadians in international development, particularly with respect to gender equality, inclusive growth and inclusive governance for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa; and (2) improved performance of local civil society organizations and government partners in implementing more comprehensive, innovative and environmentally sustainable initiatives that contribute to the achievement of gender equality for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) mobilized 137 volunteer assignments to support 60 local partners; (2) 30 developing country partners declared and demonstrated new or improved development initiatives through the volunteer cooperation program’s support; (3) created or improved 426 development initiatives through VCP support; and (4) mobilized 5,199 to support Canada’s International development efforts.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $5,885,687
Planned disbursement $3,067,171
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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