Project profile — World University Service of Canada - Volunteer Cooperation 2020-2027


WUSC - World University Service of Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-3119304848)
2020-03-31 - 2026-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Malawi (20.00%)
• Kenya (8.00%)
• Uganda (8.00%)
• Vietnam (4.00%)
• Ghana (21.00%)
• Jordan (15.00%)
• Sri Lanka (11.00%)
• Côte d'Ivoire (13.00%)


• Basic Education: Basic life skills for youth and adults (11230) (10.00%)
• Secondary Education: Vocational training (11330) (14.00%)
• Democratic participation and civil society:
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (13.00%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (27.00%)
• Business And Other Services: Business support services and institutions (25010) (31.00%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified: Promotion of development awareness (99820) (5.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant 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 (significant objective)
• 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 1,200 volunteer placements, and aims to improve the social and economic well-being of poor and marginalized youth, particularly young women, in developing countries, with a view to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to increasing the engagement of diverse groups of Canadians, particularly youth in international development, this project works to strengthen the performance of more than 70 developing country partner organizations, to advance gender equality and economic empowerment for poor and marginalized youth, in particular young women. The project also aims to harness the knowledge, capacity, and expertise of skilled Canadians, to assist developing country partners improve the socio-economic well-being of poor and marginalized youth, particularly young women, by generating inclusive, remunerative and sustainable employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. Project activities include: (1) deploying volunteers to support developing country partners (including women’s organizations) advance gender equality and equitable inclusion of youth, particularly young women; (2) conducting assessments of developing country partners and providing them with technical support to develop inclusive, gender-responsive and environmentally sustainable policies and practices; (3) establishing gender-sensitive innovation fund to support partners in the developing, testing and scaling of gender-responsive innovations; and (4) launching inclusive awareness-raising campaigns, knowledge products and events to educate diverse groups of Canadians about global issues including gender equality, social inclusion and economic empowerment.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased performance of developing country partner organizations to deliver inclusive, innovative, and environmentally sustainable initiatives and services for vulnerable youth that advance gender; and (2) increased engagement of diverse groups of Canadians, particularly youth in international development and key global issues.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) mobilized 352 volunteer assignments to support 70 local partners; (2) 50 partners reported and demonstrated improved or new development initiatives based on the support of volunteers. These include more effective initiatives that advance gender equality more inclusively and innovatively; (3) mobilized 42,582 Canadians to realize 91,130 informed actions and long-term commitments to support international development through engagement activities. These activities include hosting virtual or in-person events, applying to volunteer, and creating blogs and articles; and (4) mobilized 2,044 Canadians as local advocates and volunteers.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $7,142,803
Planned disbursement $5,236,389
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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