Innovation for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Ghana: Background Document

Women’s economic empowerment and gender equality are interdependent goals. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has made gender equality a priority in promoting sustained, inclusive growth and decent work for all.

Canada is committed to inclusive growth that empowers women to be full and equal participants in the economy. We recognize that women’s contributions to the world economy are substantial, yet women’s work has not corresponded to the same economic gains experienced by men. We believe that tackling gendered disparities in the economic sector must address the broad-ranging social barriers to gender equality, as well as the practical constraints to women’s full participation in transformative growth and development.

Although Ghana has made significant progress in poverty reduction and economic growth in recent years, women have not benefited equally. In alignment with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, the Innovation for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Ghana call for preliminary proposals will address this challenge by focusing on gender equality and the economic empowerment of women to support growth that works for everyone. The call will encourage the full participation of women as economic actors by reducing gender-specific barriers and increasing women’s access to economic opportunities and control over productive resources. The call will specifically seek proposals that use innovative approaches to increase women's economic empowerment and rights. 

This call for preliminary proposals will fund innovative projects that contribute to the following expected results:

Bearing in mind the requirement to address root causes of gender inequalities and to incorporate innovation, the types of activities supported by this call could include (but are not limited to):

Proposed projects may also include a gender-based research component to document specific issues related to women’s economic empowerment in Ghana and to generate evidence that could be used for advocacy and policy development.  Please note that provision of loans or credit is not an eligible activity under this call. 

Project beneficiaries may include (but are not limited to):

To the extent possible, all preliminary proposals should use feminist principles in the design of project monitoring, evaluation and learning with an aim to capture and document transformative changes in power dynamics to be achieved through the project.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their preliminary proposal clearly demonstrates the rationale for the proposed initiative, including:

  1. the specific challenge that the proposed project would address;
  2. the relevance of this challenge within the proposed geographic scope and/or target population;
  3. the methodology that will be used to address the identified challenge;
  4. the ways in which the proposed project will address the root causes of gender inequality; and,
  5. the ways in which the proposed project is innovative.
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