Project profile — Women Leading Durable Solutions


Oxfam Canada (22501)
2022-03-25 - 2027-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Myanmar (100.00%)


• Basic Education: Basic life skills for youth and adults (11230) (15.00%)
• Public sector policy and administrative management:
Public sector policy and administrative management (15110) (15.00%)
Human rights (15160) (15.00%)
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (15.00%)
• Conflict Prevention And Resolution, Peace And Security: Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution (15220) (20.00%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services: Social Dialogue (16080) (15.00%)
• Reconstruction Relief And Rehabilitation: Reconstruction relief and rehabilitation (73010) (5.00%)

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 (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to empower women and girls, in all their diversity, by increasing awareness of their rights and access to and control of resources and decision-making power, particularly in Rakhine State. This includes engaging with local communities to encourage positive social norms, improving equitable access to essential services and resources and increasing participation and leadership of women and girls in governance structures. The project employs a triple-nexus approach to advance women’s empowerment by coherently integrating humanitarian assistance, long-term development and peace and security to meet women’s needs, mitigate their vulnerabilities and address the underlying drivers of conflict. Project activities include: (1) training on basic livelihood skills to women and girls; (2) organizing community sensitization events on women's rights and the social benefits of gender equality; (3) networking and convening spaces for joint action planning facilitated with women's; and (4) conducting gender-transformative behavioural communications change campaigns challenging stereotypes that lead to systemic discrimination against women and girls. This projects expects to benefit 28,983 people in Rakhine State, among whom 6,521 are young women.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased adoption of positive social norms and behaviours by communities in crisis-affected and disadvantaged regions of Rakhine State in support of GE, women and girls' rights and peaceful co-existence; (2) improved equitable access to and control over gender-responsive basic services and resources by women and girls in Rakhine State; and (3) increased participation and leadership of women and girls, particularly those in Rakhine State, in local, national and global decision-making spaces on governance, peace and socio-economic recovery and development.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) conducted a baseline study among 540 adults and young women and men, 17 key interviews with community service providers and leaders, and 24 focus groups with women and men of diverse backgrounds to provide outcome indicators; (2) 30 youth and 32 adult women representing 10 villages and five internally displaced people camps attended Oxfam’s Gender Leadership Program; and (3) project partners held 47 community mobilization meetings to introduce community members and leaders to Women Leading Durable Solutions. Sessions took place across 26 villages, 10 internally displaced people camps, and seven Rohingya villages in Kyauktaw, Minbya, Mrauk Oo, Myebon, Ponnagyun, Rathedaung, and Sittwe townships, and reached a total of 1,233 beneficiaries (818 women, 415 men).

Budget and spending 

Original budget $1,500,000
Planned disbursement $2,062,411
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to single-donor funding mechanisms and contributions earmarked for a specific funding window or geographical location
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