Project profile — CanWaCH: Amplifying the Impact of Gender Transformative Health Programming


CanWaCH – Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CA-CRA_ACR-2801002593)
2021-05-28 - 2026-05-30
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• South of Sahara, regional (58.00%)
• West Indies, regional (11.00%)
• North and Central America, regional (5.50%)
• Middle East, regional (4.50%)
• Asia, regional (21.00%)


• Health: Health statistics and data (12196) (33.00%)
• Basic Health: Health education (12261) (17.00%)
• Reproductive health care:
Reproductive health care (13020) (17.00%)
Population statistics and data (13096) (11.00%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified: Promotion of development awareness (99820) (22.00%)

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)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• 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 seeks to increase global health programming effectiveness, including sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) programming. The Canadian Partnership for Women's and Children's Health (CanWaCH) implements this project. Project activities include: (1) hosting online knowledge exchange fora and an interactive database of international projects; (2) identifying Canadian experts to support improved measurement of results for Canadian efforts in developing countries; (3) promoting international standards in tracking and measuring results and facilitating related training opportunities; (4) supporting collaboration among organizations, including civil society organizations, academia and the private sector; and (5) providing Canadians with information on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health through public engagement and/or outreach activities. The project expects to benefit the CanWaCH membership of over 90 Canadian organizations working to improve women's, adolescents' and children's health in developing countries; ultimately benefiting women, newborns, children and adolescents targeted by the CanWaCH membership programming.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved use of data and evidence for gender transformative global health and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) programming, decisions and performance monitoring by the Canadian Partnership for Women's and Children's Health (CanWaCH) members, including sex and age disaggregated data; (2) enhanced sharing of evidence, tools and lessons learned among CanWaCH members involved in gender transformative global health and SRHR programming; and (3) sustained support and informed action by Canadians, especially youth, for gender transformative global health and SRHR issues.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) improved the stability and upgraded the database of the Project Explorer platform, increasing the partner’s ability to produce analytics using higher-quality data; (2) funded the implementation of three projects through the Canadian Collaborative for Global Health initiative. These projects are tackling urgent data challenges in sexual and reproductive health, gender and nutrition data gaps, and incubating potential solutions using multi-sectoral partnerships; (3) hosted the CanWaCH Academy event in May 2022, a week-long series of consolidated learnings focused on equipping members and sector partners with the knowledge, skills, and capacity strengthening tools they required. Overall, CanWaCH welcomed over 1,000 participants, 24 speakers across 11 separate sessions; (4) delivered Gender Equality Training Modules to representatives from 45 Canadian organizations working in global health. This training increased their capacity to deliver gender-transformative and rights-based approaches through their respective programming; and (5) organized six roundtables with key partners, political figures, and academics. These events help increase the ability of CanWaCH member organizations to engage in knowledge exchange opportunities focused on gender transformative, climate-conscious health programming. This includes the Global Health Roundtable in June 2022, and the roundtable between Minister Sajjan and CanWaCH’s representatives from the Youth Working Group during the International Development Week 2023.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $2,200,000
Planned disbursement $2,000,000
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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