April 29, 2010 19:00 ET

CIDA Announces New Initiatives for Africa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2010) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced today at the Africa Partnership Forum that Canada will provide support to new initiatives in nine countries in Africa and will generate additional benefits in various other African regions. 

The new initiatives include a significant focus on children and youth through support for basic services in health and education. 

"CIDA is continuing to provide international assistance in Africa through initiatives aimed at improving child health and education as well as economic growth," said Minister Oda. "It is very important to support the children and youth and to provide them with opportunities leading to a bright future."

To prevent and treat common illnesses that affect children and youth, CIDA will fund training for front-line health workers and support for improvements in the management and delivery of primary health care services. This is an important step in advancing and improving child survival as well as maternal health in Africa.

Basic education is fundamental in allowing people, especially women and youth, to develop new skills, expand their knowledge, and break down the barriers that limit opportunities. Basic education skills of reading, writing, and counting will give them the necessary foundations needed to find meaningful jobs or start businesses.

These initiatives, worth up to $178 million, will also create opportunities for people living in poverty to live healthy lives and earn an income, through the improvement of Africa's infrastructure. They will also enable governments to make long-term development investments and initiate poverty reduction initiatives.

International assistance to Africa is important not only to Canada but also to current discussions, such as the G8 Development Ministerial Meeting held in Halifax this week. G8 Development Ministers met to address a number of pressing international development issues, including maternal and child health. G8 Development Ministers formed the outline of a coordinated and complementary approach to helping mothers and children under five that will help G8 Leaders finalize a global effort at the Muskoka Summit in June. This plan will catalyze efforts to save millions of mothers and children and help to overcome some of the world's key challenges.



The ten new projects focus on a small number of strategic, long-term development issues where Canada can make a difference. The Government of Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), is providing $177.7 million to different countries. The funding will be invested as follows:

  • $50 million to Burkina Faso to maintain the Burkina Faso Basic Education Development Plan in its transition period from 2009 to 2015.

  • $47 million to Tanzania to support the country's efforts to achieve the objectives of its Health Sector Strategic Plan, through improved management and delivery of primary health care services, such as the prevention and treatment of common illnesses. This will improve child survival and maternal health.

  • $19.2 million to Ethiopia for protecting maternal and child health. This projects aims at ensuring that quality basic health services reach more mothers and children under age five. The activities consist of procuring and distributing essential drugs, supplies and medical equipment.

  • $19 million to Mali to improve the public health, mainly of women and children. The project will support training for front-line health workers.

  • $15 million to Sudan to contribute to stabilization and peace. The project aims to strengthen child protection and basic services for 58,000 conflict-affected children and youth aged from 10 to 18 years.

  • $10 million to help the Government of Ghana to continue providing additional country-wide agricultural inputs, technologies, and extension services to farmers in 12,500 communities.

  • $7 million to Malawi to scale up a highly effective community approach to managing severe child malnutrition by training 5,100 front-line health workers and other health staff. It will result in better identification and treatment of severe malnutrition among children under five years of age, and contribute to reducing child mortality caused by acute malnutrition.

  • $6.8 million to Senegal to help 8,500 women and men small-scale rice producers boost production and enhance marketing opportunities. This project will result in increased incomes for these farmers.

  • $2.7 million to Zimbabwe for the Village Health Workers project which focuses on improving HIV prevention and care services for babies through a comprehensive approach that includes HIV testing, family planning, prenatal and postnatal care, breastfeeding practices and drug treatments.

  • $1 million to the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa to help reduce Africa's significant infrastructure gap, which constitutes a serious handicap to improved sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. The project will increase financing for sustainable infrastructure in Africa from public, private, and public-private sources.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Jessica Fletcher
    Press Secretary
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office