October 05, 2005 16:02 ET

CIDA Announces Next Steps in Renewal of Partnership Programming

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 5, 2005) - The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced two initiatives to strengthen the Canadian International Development Agency's (CIDA) work with Canadian voluntary and private-sector organizations.

"Canadian non-governmental organizations and businesses make a real difference in developing countries," said Minister Carroll. "Today's announcements are the next steps in our commitment to strengthen the relationship with these partners and promote excellence and innovation in Canada's fight against global poverty. These initiatives are part of Canada's implementation of the International Policy Statement and demonstrate CIDA's commitment to effective poverty reduction programming."

The initiatives announced today are:

- The creation of an expert panel of Canadian and international leaders in development cooperation programming. This panel of leading thinkers (see attachment) will provide advice to review, help shape and promote CIDA's partnership programming with its partners. The panel will meet on October 24 and 25, 2005 in Ottawa; and,

- The replenishment of the Innovation Fund with an additional $5 million. The Fund, announced last April, supports short-term initiatives undertaken by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to bring forward new and innovative projects in: basic education, governance, health, private-sector development, and the environment. Its criteria have also been expanded to allow new organizations and former partners of the Membership and Specialized Organizations Program to apply.

These two initiatives are part of a comprehensive and multifaceted process for reviewing and renewing CIDA's approaches to programming with Canadian partners. Other steps include the revitalization of the public engagement strategy, a full response to the recent evaluation of the NGO Project Facility and the Environment and Sustainable Development Program, and improving operational efficiencies. The review process will be completed over the coming months and it is anticipated that it will culminate in a framework for effective partnerships by the spring of 2006.

"We are committed to a continuing dialogue across Canada with our voluntary and private sector organizations to better define and target partnership programming," concluded Minister Carroll.

Funding for these initiatives was provided for in the February 2005 Federal Budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.


Fazle Hasan Abed, Chairperson and Founder, BRAC
Zehra Aydin, Deputy Coordinator and Chief of Non-Governmental
Liaison Service, New York Office, United Nations
Eva Asplund, Director, Department for Co-operation with NGOs,
Humanitarian Assistance and Conflict Management, SIDA (Swedish
International Development Agency)
Gerry Barr, President and CEO, Canadian Council for International
Co-operation (CCIC)
The Honourable Perrin Beatty, P.C., President and CEO, Canadian
Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)
Tim Brodhead, President and CEO, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
Michel Chaurette, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for
International Studies and Cooperation (CECI)
Claire Dansereau, Executive Director, CUSO
Dr. Pierre Duplessis, Secretary General and CEO, Canadian Red
Cross Society
Jorge Eduardo Saavedra Durao, Director General, ABONG (Brazilian
Association of Non-Governmental Organisations)
Anne Gaboury, President and CEO, Développement international
Desjardins (DID)
Daniel Gagnier, Senior Vice President, Corporate and External
Affairs, Alcan Inc.
Dr. Sulley Gariba, Gariba Development Associates
Cherie Klassen, Executive Director, Alberta Council for Global
Cooperation (ACGC)
Christian Lehembre, Head, Aid Effectiveness Division, Development
Assistance Committee (DAC), Organisation for Economic Co-operation
and Development (OECD)
Simon Maxwell, Director, Overseas Development Institute
Claire Morris, President and CEO, Association of Universities
and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General, CIVICUS
Maureen O'Neil, President, International Development
Research Centre (IDRC)
David Runnalls, President and CEO, International Institute for
Sustainable Development (IISD)
Ian Smillie, International Development Consultant
Bernard Wood, President, Bernard Wood & Associates Ltd.

(For detailed biographical information, please consult Newsroom at CIDA's Web site.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Andrew Graham
    Director of communications
    (819) 953-6238
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    (819) 953-6534 (electronic version of document)