Wirtschaftliche Ermächtigung zur Stärkung der Geschlechtergleichstellung in Flüchtlings- und Aufnahmegemeinschaften in Uganda und Sambia

Contract partner: World Vision Österreich - Verein für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit, humanitäre Nothilfe und Anwaltschaft Country: Ostafrika, regional/multi-country Funding amount: € 950.000,00 Project start: 01.07.2023 End: 30.06.2026

Short Description:

Overall goal

The overall goal of the programme is to contribute to gender equality for refugee and host community members in Uganda and Zambia.

Expected results

1.1) Increased access to formal financial services such as credit, savings and insurance - also through digital channels;

1.2) Appropriate utilisation/adoption of formal financial services through financial education, marketing and communication;

1.3) Increased access to business relevant information (e.g. market information, weather);

2.1) Increased awareness of gender inequality norms and practices;

2.2) Role models become change agents to support other households to overcome gender-based inequalities;

3.1) Women gain knowledge and confidence through self-help groups and peer-learning;

3.2) Improved business/financial and life skills;

4.1) Gender relevant (by-)laws analysed and improved;

4.2) Gender sensitive project humanitarian accountability framework installed;

5.1) Programme achievements, learning & best practices captured & shared with relevant stakeholders.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The programme will target a total of 2,922 direct beneficiaries: 1,780 female and 1,142 male / 263 are persons living with disabilities, in Uganda (West Nile and Lamwo districts) and Zambia (Kalumbila district);


Thematic focus of the proposed programme is on gender equality achieved through a combination of addressing negative gender ideas, beliefs and norms; improving knowledge, skills and confi-dence of targeted women; addressing gender gaps in policies and (by-) laws as well as by in-creasing women’s access to resources. Key activities will focus on gender awareness to address behaviour change for adverse norms and practices; advocacy for gender inclusive local laws, policies and practices; the establishment and support of women’s self-help groups to increase their knowledge and confidence; and the economic empowerment of target beneficiaries, investment risk mitigation through savings and insurance, and processes of change in the country or region expected to be triggered.


All target areas in Uganda (Lamwo district and West Nile) and Zambia (Kalumbila district) host a big number of refugees. The majority of them are women or children (80% in Uganda and 60% in Zambia). A significant proportion of them – together with their host communities - cannot be described as resilient or self-reliant as they lack the necessary income to meet their basic house-hold needs or the safety nets to withstand shocks. Also, refugees and host community households have limited access to finance through formal financial systems as many financial institu-tions are still reluctant to lend to them because they see them as unstable and risky clients. In addition, restrictive masculinities and stereotypical social norms create gender inequalities and make it more difficult for women to get economically empowered and for women and girls to get sufficiently protected.

ADC-co-financing rate: 69,11 %

project number 1980-03/2023
source of funding OEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
modality Project-type interventions
marker Gender: 2, Democracy: 2, Poverty: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.