Project profile — Improving Girls' Education for their Empowerment in Somalia


CARE Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011116)
2020-02-24 - 2023-10-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Somalia (100.00%)


• Education, Level Unspecified: Teacher training (11130) (20.00%)
• Basic Education: Primary education (11220) (30.00%)
• Education: Lower secondary education (11260) (30.00%)
• Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions:
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (10.00%)
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (10.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• 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 (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (significant objective)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims to improve access to quality education in Somalia for marginalized adolescent girls between the ages of 10 to 19, including nomadic girls, girls with disabilities and affected by conflict and violence. To encourage the enrolment and retention of girls, the project works with religious leaders, parents, men and boys to address barriers that hamper the demand for and access to education for girls, while strengthening the capacity of the government, schools and teachers to provide inclusive and gender-responsive education for girls. Project activities include: (1) renovating schools to improve water and sanitation for menstrual hygiene management and the re-integration of out-of-school girls into the education system; (2) providing scholarships for the most marginalized girls to cover tuition and basic school supplies; (3) supporting girls’ empowerment forums in schools that promote girls’ rights and agency as well as boys’ forums working on positive masculinity and gender equality; (4) training teachers, with a specific emphasis on female teachers,) on quality, inclusive, gender-sensitive curriculum delivery, including improved methodologies in literacy and numeracy teaching and techniques to support crisis-affected students facing mental health issues; and (5) supporting women’s rights organizations and adolescent girls’ organizations in their advocacy for girls’ quality education.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased equitable access to safe, quality, inclusive education and learning for in-and-out-of-school girls aged 10 to 19, including girls with disabilities and affected by conflict/displacement; and (2) improved equitable and coordinated provisions of quality gender-responsive and evidence-based formal and non-formal education to the end of secondary school for girls, including girls from rural and pastoralist communities.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2022 include: (1) completed all girls-centred and disability-friendly facilities and rehabilitated 48 classrooms and 24 latrines to benefit 14,050 students (of whom 47% are girls) across the project areas, enabling schools to increase girls’ attendance rates and achieve better learning outcomes; (2) reached 4,149 families through mobilization campaigns for enrolling girls in school. As a result of the campaigns, 880 marginalized girls have enrolled in school; (3) awarded scholarships to 2,940 of the most marginalized girls aged 10 to 19 across the project areas to facilitate their access and retention; and (4) provided crisis modifiers in the form of unconditional cash transfer to 350 additional vulnerable families affected by the drought to help retain their daughters in school and meet basic needs.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
15-05-2023 Disbursement $986,918
30-06-2023 Disbursement $611,459
06-10-2023 Disbursement $626,383
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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