CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

November 23, 2007 14:48 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Work of Huron University College to Reduce Poverty in Tanzania

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2007) - While the Honourable Beverley J.Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, is visiting Canadian development projects in Africa, Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, today announced on her behalf, $882,000 to support a Huron University College project aiming to reduce poverty in Tanzania.

“Education is key to improving the quality of life of Tanzanians”, said Minister Oda. “This project will give Tanzanians the tools, the techniques and the technology to better understand the challenges they face. It will allow them to become part of the solution for poverty reduction in their country. ”

“I am proud of the Government of Canada’s partnership with Huron University College for this project that will ultimately make a difference in the lives of Tanzanians,” said Mr. Preston. “People of Ontario and all Canadians should be proud of the difference our academic experts are making in the world by sharing their knowledge and skills.”

“We look forward to working with the University of Dar es Salaam on this very important development project,” said Dr. Arja Vainio-Mattila, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Tanzania Project Director. “The funding will allow us to sharing Huron University’s College’s expertise in community participation in developing ways to reduce poverty.”

With this funding, the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania will be able to provide knowledge on poverty issues and good governance to the people of Tanzania. This will be done through the development of curricula, programming and resource development to train students, staff and organizations on how to involve their communities in poverty reduction.

The Government of Canada is funding this project through the Canadian International Development Agency under the University Partnerships in Cooperation and Development Program (UPCD), administered by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

BACKGROUNDER

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA AND HURON UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP

The Government of Canada today announced a new project with Huron University College in Tanzania, which will focus on reducing poverty through education.

This project is funded through the Canadian Agency for International Development by the University Partnerships in Cooperation and Development Program (UPCD) of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) administers the projects on behalf of CIDA.

The project will allow Huron University College to share its expertise on engaging people to learn in their communities – on issues of public policy and how to develop organizations. The project will result in increased participation of women, men, youth and seniors in civil society organizations (CSOs). It will also allow CSOs to consult with communities, governments and donors on ways to reduce poverty. In addition, the University of Dar es Salaam will provide programming on relevant topics and will increase the access to information for organizations and the university community.

The main activities of this project include developing curricula, programming and resource development to train faculty, students, staff and civil society organizations for greater participation in poverty reduction processes in general.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Veronique Bruneau
    Press Secretary
    819-953-6238
    or
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    819-953-6534
    info@acdi-cida.gc.ca
    http://www.cida.gc.ca (electronic version of document)