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Evaluation Summary - Women’s Voice and Leadership Program Formative Evaluation

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About the evaluation

Global Affairs Canada’s Evaluation Division conducted a formative evaluation of the Women’s Voice and Leadership (WVL) Program, covering the period from June 2017 to March 2021. The evaluation had three objectives: to determine if and to what extent the department was “fit for purpose” to support WVL as a feminist program; to determine if WVL’s design was relevant and appropriate to address the needs of women’s rights organizations (WROs); and to determine WVL’s progress toward results.

Key findings


  1. Ensure appropriate mandates, roles, responsibilities, capacities and resources for MGS in relation to WVL and appropriate departmental roles, responsibilities, structures, resources and capacities for a possible WVL 2.0.
  2. Document, share and promote effective strategies and best practices to support and foster WROs sustainability in WVL and WVL 2.0.
  3. Strengthen capacity of local organizations and organizations from developing countries as implementing partners of a possible WVL 2.0.
  4. Explore more adapted corporate processes and tools for direct support to local organizations, including programming processes and risk management approach for grants and contributions.
  5. Develop a consistent and streamlined approach to approving extensions for WVL projects.
  6. Leverage the guidance, tools and learning products developed to date to strengthen a common understanding and shared ownership of WVL’s feminist approach.
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