Project profile — Strengthening Women Entrepreneurs in Egypt


Plan International Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011149)
2020-03-31 - 2025-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh

Country / region 

• Egypt (100.00%)


• Secondary Education: Vocational training (11330) (21.91%)
• Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions:
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (6.35%)
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (26.44%)
• Business And Other Services: Business support services and institutions (25010) (21.42%)
• Industry: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development (32130) (23.88%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (significant 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 (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)


The project aims to provide women and adolescent girls in Giza with a greater understanding of their economic rights, and increase their ability to make effective choices and transform them into desired outcomes. Project activities include: (1) establishing women groups and conducting capacity building sessions for these groups on gender equality and rights, and decision making around issues that affect their lives; (2) providing training to women and adolescent girls on gender-responsive, environment -friendly technical skills, and occupational health and safety; (3) delivering gender-responsive financial education and autonomous decision-making training to women and adolescent girls; and (4) organizing policy dialogue and forums between carpet industry stakeholders, women’s rights organizations, and the National Council for Women on improving policies, programs and services for women’s economic empowerment and decent work. The project is expected to benefit 2,500 women (aged 19 and older) and 2,500 adolescent girls (between the ages of 15 and 18). The project also targets 945 men and 1,500 boys through men engagement interventions to address gender-specific barriers to women’s entrepreneurship, and create an enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) established and improved agency of women and adolescent girls to exercise decisions regarding their economic participation; (2) increased access and control of women and girls to gender responsive factors of productivity, savings and innovation in business and employment; and (3) improved responsiveness of governorate stakeholders to women's economic rights and decent work.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of April 2023 include: (1) reached 3,818 people (2,540 women, 1,278 men), which promoted behavioural change in support of gender equality and female economic empowerment; (2) equipped women and girls with the necessary knowledge on gender equality and economic rights and participation. This also improved the attitudes of men and boys surrounding women’s economic participation and empowerment in the urban slum areas of Dahshour and Manial Shiha; (3) delivered advanced modules of Champions of Change to 1,000 girls and 1,000 boys; (4) completed a final cohort of women’s groups training on gender equality; and (5) trained 2,500 women on gender equality and 1,000 selected to receive financial education and participate in village saving and loan association groups.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $709,493
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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