Project profile — Gender Transformative Ecosystem Approach to women’s Economic Empowerment


CECI - Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011136)
2022-01-21 - 2025-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Bolivia (99.20%)
• Developing countries, unspecified (0.80%)


• Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions:
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (39.68%)
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (4.96%)
• Industry: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development (32130) (54.56%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified: Sectors not specified (99810) (0.80%)

Policy marker 

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


This project supports women entrepreneurs through a virtual office of business services adapted to the challenges posed by COVID-19. The sustainability of specific actions supports the transformation of gender relations in the business ecosystem to make it more inclusive and respectful of the specific needs of women. The project will maintain or improve 15,000 jobs and increase the productivity of women-led businesses, thereby reducing poverty.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes of this project include: (1) improved economic and managerial performance of women-led micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Cochabamba, La Paz and Santa Cruz; and (2) an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem, sensitive to gender and the needs and interests of women-led MSMEs is provided in Cochabamba, La Paz and Santa Cruz.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) generated connections with key stakeholders. This has increased awareness of the Transformative Ecosystem Approach to Women’s Economic Empowerment in Bolivia (TEA WEEB) in the business sector; (2) conducted a Health Ecosystem Check to understand the business and entrepreneurial environment better, and identify eight challenging dimensions and the actors involved; (3) positioned the Fundacion Innovation en Empresariado Social (IES) virtual office as a helpful business development service methodology used by national businesswomen, entrepreneurs and women-led chambers of commerce; (4) established a strategic alliance between Centre d’étude et de cooperation internationale (CECI), the Global Compact, and UN Women. This shows enterprises and chambers of commerce the principles of women’s economic empowerment. And how greater affiliation and commitment contribute to a business ecosystem that is responsive to differentiated needs; and (5) started an innovative tailor-made public policy design according to the specific profiles of women entrepreneurs.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $855,778
Planned disbursement $594,306
Transaction Date Type Value
05-04-2024 Disbursement $348,718
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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