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Briefing Note: Gender Equality Course for CIDA Egypt Program

General Description:
A three-day gender Equality Course, followed by a one-day programming clinic will be offered by the Egypt Program for CIDA and its development partners in Egypt.

Based on CIDA’s corporate GE course given in Canada, this course has been adapted specifically to the Egyptian context and to the needs of CIDA and its partners to identify and address gender issues in the implementation of the Country Development Program 2002-2011.

The course is designed to reflect principles and guidelines for programming laid out in the new Gender Equality Strategy for CIDA’s Egypt program, stressing linkages between project and program level GE results within a rights-based framework for development.

Delivery of the course will be offered by the Gender Equality Strategy Team on a semi-annual basis and based on demand.

The course is designed for CIDA and its partners in the Egypt Program. This is includes:
  • CIDA employees posted in Egypt;
  • Egyptian Counterparts;
  • Canadian Executing Agency: Project Director; technical advisor; gender equality advisors.
Ideally several members of a program/project team would take the three-day course together to promote a common understanding of the gender dimension of a specific project. Those responsible for integrating gender equality concerns into projects would participate as well in the "Programming Clinic", immediately following the course, where they will receive support from gender equality specialists on the integration of GE in specific interventions.

For the first delivery of the course, a maximum of 25 participants will be accepted.

Overall Course Objective:
Promote a common understanding amongst CIDA and its partners of the links between gender equality and poverty reduction within a right-based framework and develop their capacity to integrate this knowledge into programming.

Description of Course Sessions:
Session1: Practicing Gender Equality: Concepts, Methods and Tools
In this full-day session, participants are introduced to the basic concepts related to the promotion of gender equality in international development within a human rights-based framework. Through a combination of short presentations and exercises, participants will gain an understanding of gender analysis and its use in gender-sensitive programming.

Session2: Gender-Sensitive Planning for Results
Participants will gain skills in identifying and addressing gender issues in programs and projects within a rights-based approach to development programming in keeping with the Gender Equality Strategy for CIDA’s Egypt Program. Case study analysis and other types of exercises will be employed to develop capacity to: think strategically to set gender-sensitive goals and objectives at the outset of a program or project; identify expected results and gender-sensitive indicators; plan actions to obtain results.

Session3: Strategies, Resources and Examples of Successful Gender Equality Initiatives
Working towards gender equality is not always easy. This session is designed to enable participants to recognize resistance to gender equality work they may encounter in the Egyptian context and to develop strategies to surmount these type of obstacles. Negotiation skills are practiced through role-plays and discussion; resources available to facilitate GE work are presented; successful GE initiatives are presented by a panel of resource people.

Coaching Clinic:
Immediately following the three day course, a coaching clinic will be provided for participants who desire assistance in integrating gender equality in specific projects or programs. The day is structured so as to allow individual ‘coaching’ from gender equality specialists as well as group discussion of common issues related to GE programming.

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Eligibility for Funding
Criteria for Selecting Initiatives
Date for Submission and Duration of Initiatives
Submission and Approval Procedures
Agreement Signing and Payment Procedures
Presentation of a Final Report and Project Records Keeping
Suggested Content of a Proposal
Suggested Content of Final Report
More Information


Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's announcement at G8 Summit in Kananaskis last June regarding the Canadian contribution to the G8's Africa Action Plan included outreach initiatives to encourage better understanding of the NEPAD process in Africa. In this context, the NEPAD Outreach Fund II is now accepting proposals from African civil society, as well as the private and public sectors, who are planning initiatives that increase awareness, involvement and support of Africans regarding the implementation of the principles and objectives of the New Partnership for Africa's Development. Examples of such activities include workshops, seminars, consultations, research and publications.

The funds - $2,500,000 - will be disbursed over five years by the Canada Fund for Africa Secretariat.

This project is an extension of the original NEPAD Outreach Fund launched by CIDA in January 2002. We will consider proposals that were received but not funded under the first phase. The NEPAD Outreach Fund II will focus on initiatives that have budgets of CAN $50,000 or less, with high impact in terms of potential results.

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Eligibility for Funding:

African non-governmental organizations, as well as groups from the public and private sectors are eligible. Canadian organizations may participate as partners of African organizations.

Criteria for Selecting Initiatives:
  • Initiatives must originate in Africa and be presented by credible African groups
  • Projects must aim to raise awareness of the principles and objectives of NEPAD and must promote constructive dialogue on issues raised in NEPAD, such as governance, peace and security, health, education, knowledge, economic development and the crosscutting issue of gender equality
  • The budget of the initiative must be CAN$ 50,000 or less
  • CIDA may add criteria as needed, for example, country representation, thematic coverage and other operational considerations

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Date for Submission and Duration of Initiatives:
  • Proposals may be presented at any time
  • Duration of initiatives is one year or less. Projects of less than six months duration are encouraged.

Submission and Approval Procedures:
  • Projects may be submitted via the CIDA field office at the Canadian Embassy/High Commission or to the Canada Fund for Africa Secretariat at CIDA headquarters
  • Projects are assessed by field office and headquarters
  • Upon approval by the Secretariat, funds and a draft agreement are transferred to the field office for signing with the partner organization
  • A signed copy of the agreement is returned to the Secretariat
  • The final reports will be received by the CIDA field office and forwarded to the Canada Fund for Africa Secretariat

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Agreement Signing and Payment Procedures:
  • Upon signature of the agreement, the partner organization will receive 90% of the agreed upon budget
  • Upon presentation of a satisfactory final report by the partner organization, the remaining 10% will be disbursed if necessary
  • Any portion of the budget not used by the approved project must be returned to CIDA

Presentation of a Final Report and Project Records Keeping:

A final report must be submitted no later than 90 days following the funded activity. This report must outline project results and contains a financial report. The partner agrees to keep the records of the project for two years and to make them available to CIDA auditors or evaluators upon request.

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Suggested Content of a Proposal:

Project Basic Information
  • Project Title
  • Name of Organization/Contact-Preson
  • Mailing Address and Street Address
  • Telephone and Fax Numbers, as well as e-mail address

  • Context, rationale and background of the project

Description of The Project
  • Objectives and nature of the project
  • Types of participants and reason for their participation
  • Dates and venues
  • Management approach

Expected Results
  • Short-term results - for example, a conference is organized and held, comments made at the conference are summarized and organized, requested next steps are prepared, results are forwarded to the local government and NEPAD authorities.
  • Medium-term results – for example, local government and NEPAD authorities are better aware of the recommendations of conference participants and civil society organizations are recognized as effective partners in the NEPAD process.
  • Long-term results – for example, NEPAD programs reflect the recommendations of a project/conference and civil society organizations are more involved in the implementation of NEPAD.

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Detailed Budget

An outline of expenses is required for the project. For example, rental of venue, travel and accommodation, fees for resource-persons, administrative costs. Please note, the NEPAD Outreach Fund does not pay for equipment or other revolving costs.
The budget should be presented in Canadian dollars.

Description of The Organization Submitting The Project
  • Objectives
  • Legal Status
  • Management Structure
  • Funding Sources
  • Number of Employees
  • Summary of Organization's Activities
  • If the organization is new, please provide two references and the résumés of board members and/or key personnel

  • Proposed Program
  • Proposed List of Participants
  • Other Relevant Documents

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Suggested Content of Final Report:

Basic Project Information
  • Title of Project
  • Name of Organization
  • Overall Budget and CIDA Contribution
  • Duration of Project

Description of Project
  • Objective
  • Nature of Project
  • Types of praticipants and reason(s) for their participation
  • Topics Covered
  • Dates, Venues
  • Please include program in annex
  • Management approach (including who managed the project)

Summary of Results
  • Discussion of expected results and actual results
  • Analysis of any gaps between expected and actual results
  • Analysis of the gender equality measures and their contribution to the project
  • Sustainability of the results achieved

Lessons Learned/Conclusions
  • Lessons related to achievement of results
  • Lessons related to implementation of the project

Financial Report and Reconcilliation
  • Detailed Expenses
  • Report on unused funds. Any unused portion of funds and/or related interest not used for the purpose of the project must be returned to CIDA

  • Actual Program
  • Actual List of Participants
  • Other Relevant Documents

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For More Information:


Steven Morris

Senior Program Officer, Canada Fund for Africa Secretariat
Canadian International Development Agency
200 Promenade du Portage
Hull, Québec
Canada K1A 0G4

Telephone:   (819) 956-9656
Fax:   (819) 953-5845

Karim Tartoussieh

Canada Fund Coordinator
Canadian International Development Agency/Program Support Unit
4 Latin America St.,
Garden City
Cairo, Egypt

Telephone:   (202) 794-8967
Fax:   (202) 796-4148

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Selection Criteria
Project Size
To Apply
Project Request Form
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The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives is a special fund from CIDA for small scale local initiatives projects. This fund falls under the authority of the Canadian Ambassador in Cairo. The aim of the Canada Fund is to finance small, grassroots, and community run projects that provide economic, educational, technical and/or social development assistance to local communities in Egypt. The program operates in all parts of Egypt including Upper and Loer Egypt as well as the Oases and the Sinai Peninsula.

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Selection Criteria:

As the Canada Fund aims to respond to pressing community needs to achieve improvement in the living conditions of local communities, successful projects that quality for funding through the Canada Fund should:
  • Respond to Community Needs
  • Involve Community Participation
  • Foster Self-Reliance by encouraging local management, local financing and local initiatives
  • Make the maximum use of local resources
  • Prove to be self-sustainable
  • Involve women as active participants and beneficiaries
  • Promote environmental protection and sustainability

Canada Fund Project Size:

The Canada Fund generally supports small grassroots development initiatives seeking a Canadian contribution ranging between L.E. 70,000 and L.E. 80,000.

Some form of contribution from the recipient organization is also required, usually in kind.  This is a measure of the seriousness and commitment of the organization and helps ensure project sustainability.

To Apply:

Project proposals can be submitted at any time of the year.  The proposal should outline the main objectives of the project, a description of the target group, a project description (that includes the impact of the project on women and the environment), and an itemized budget.  A field visit to the project site and the organization’s premises is usually made by the Canada Fund coordinator in order to assess and facilitate project finalization.

Project Request Form:

Project Title:

Organization Requesting the Project:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone Number
Name of Contact Person:

Total Budget Requested:

Date of Submission of "Project Request Form" to the Embassy:

Date of Arrival of "Project Request Form" to the Embassy:
  1. Background Information:
    • The Area where the requested project will be implemented

    • (It's population, size, economic activities, social condition, services available, ...etc.)
    • The organization implementing the project

    • (It's registration date and number, reason for its formation, number of members in the board of directors and their names and jobs outside the organization, number of the members in the general assembly and their roles in the organization, present activities of the organization, budget of the organization, ...etc.)
    • Target group

    • (Number, gender, social status, occupation, economic condition, ...etc.)
      Also Indicate:
      • How will the target group benefit fron the proposed project?
      • Has the proposed project beed discussed with the target group?
      • How many persons have been involved in the process of the project planning?

  2. Project Objectives:
    • General Objectives
    • Specific Objectives
    • What are the indicators that will be used to evaluarte the project and assess how far objectives have been met?

  3. Project Justification:
    • What are the problems that the proposed project is trying to solve?
    • What are the needs that the project aims to satisfy?
    • What are the factors that will contribute to the success of the project? (e.g. previous experience, availability of technicians or qualified persons, use of previous studies, ...etc.)
    • Does the proposed project represent the most appropriare way for meeting project objectives? Or there are alternatives? (Specify)

  4. Project Description:
    • What are the project components?
    • What is the strategy that will be used in order to meet the objectives? (e.g. setting up a revolving fund, purchasing equipment, carrying out constructions, implementing training programs, ...etc.)
    • Specify the names and qualifications of the trainers, the contents of the training curriculum, the kinds of equipment needed, ...etc.
    • How will the project operate? (Hours, days, names, and roles of the persons responsible for the various activities).
    • How will the project be monitored?
    • What are the licenses and/or approvals and legal permits needed to start the project?
    • Specify the organization's contribution to the project. (e.g. monetary, administrative, land, labor, buildings, ...etc.)
    • Specify the time frame for the implementation of the project

  5. Final Analysis:

  6. The project request form should be submitted along with the following documents:
    1. Feasability study for the project, including a profit and loss accountm and a list of expected expenditures and revenues in order to ensure the feasibility and continuity of the project.
    2. Itemized budget specifying all items, the price of each and the source of its purchase.

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More Information:

For more information about the Canada Fund and to submit proposals, please contact the Canada Fund Coordinator at the following address:

Thr Canada Fund for Local Initiatives
4, Latin America Street, Osiris Building
Garden City, Cairo, Egypt
Telephone:   (02) 794-8967 / 794-5901 / 794-1098
Fax:   (02) 796-4148

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