Project profile — Centre for International Studies and Cooperation - Volunteer Cooperation 2020-2027


CECI - Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011136)
2020-03-31 - 2026-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Bolivia (15.00%)
• Myanmar (4.00%)
• Guatemala (8.00%)
• Haiti (6.00%)
• Côte d'Ivoire (6.00%)
• Benin (16.00%)
• Burkina Faso (7.00%)
• Nepal (14.00%)
• Rwanda (5.00%)
• Senegal (19.00%)


• Democratic participation and civil society:
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (8.00%)
Human rights (15160) (8.00%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (35.00%)
• Business And Other Services: Business support services and institutions (25010) (30.00%)
• Agriculture: Agricultural co-operatives (31194) (7.00%)
• General Environmental Protection: Environmental policy and administrative management (41010) (4.00%)
• Disaster Prevention And Preparedness: Multi-hazard response preparedness (74020) (1.00%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified: Promotion of development awareness (99820) (7.00%)

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 (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 1,300 placements and aims to improve the economic and social well-being of the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable people, especially women and young women in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to increasing Canadians' participation in international development and global gender equality issues, this project works to improve the performance of more than 100 partner organizations in developing countries, and their ability to address the gender challenges and relationships that hinder women and young women from reaching their full potential. The project also supports partners (women's chambers of commerce, groups of economic actors, etc.) and opinion leaders (journalists, religious leaders, actors, singer-songwriters, etc.) who influence social imaging with regards to the place of women in economic activities. Project activities include: (1) providing training to volunteers on the economic empowerment of women and young women and their rights, while promoting the co-creation of innovative solutions adapted to local contexts and their diversities; (2) developing and implementing plans to improve the performance of local partners; (3) providing training to key market actors and civil society organizations to design and deliver sustainable products and services tailored to the needs of women and young women, as well as to participate in policy dialogue for the empowerment of women and young women; and (4) providing financial and technical support to innovative initiatives for women's and young women's economic empowerment and feminist entrepreneurship.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased participation of Canadians in international development and global gender equality issues; and (2) increased performance of developing country partners in implementing inclusive, innovative and environmentally sustainable initiatives aimed at economically empowering women through the realization of their rights.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) mobilized 569 volunteer assignments to support 89 local partners; (2) 83% of local partners reported and demonstrated more effective initiatives to advance gender equality; and (3) educated 4.9 million Canadians on gender equality issues.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $7,142,776
Planned disbursement $4,763,842
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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