October 21, 2005 10:39 ET

Canada Supports International Development Work by Guelph-Based Organization

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 21, 2005) - The Honourable Brenda Chamberlain, Member of Parliament for Guelph today announced on behalf of the Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) through Canada Corps will provide $600,000 to support international development work in Angola by Guelph-based organization Human Settlements Development Workshop. The initiative will have a particular emphasis on private sector development and good governance.

"This initiative will make a positive difference in the lives of people in Angola and I proud to see that it will be done in part with expertise from Guelph," Ms. Chamberlain said.

Human Settlements Development Workshop in collaboration with Mennonite Economic Development Associates will help build a post-conflict model of community-based entrepreneurship and good governance in Angola. The aim is to help develop a regulatory framework for small- and medium-enterprise and to pilot a sustainable microfinance institution based on principles of good corporate governance and best microfinance practices. The project will initially reach about 4,000 clients (78% women) and help them establish income-generating activities, thus creating jobs and strengthening communities. It will also raise awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention. (Contact: Maribel Gonzales (519) 763-3978)

"Good governance is a basic requirement for peace, security and sustainable political and socio-economic development," said Minister Carroll. "This project will help mobilize Canadians to participate in the development of good governance practices."

Funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2005 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.

Contact Information

  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    (819) 953-6534 (electronic version of document)
    Office of the Honourable Brenda Chamberlain
    Jamie Bryan
    (613) 996-4758