November 09, 2005 09:19 ET

CIDA: Canada Supports International Development Work by Ottawa-Based Organizations

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 9, 2005) - The Honourable Mauril Belanger, Minister for Internal Trade, Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Minister responsible for Official Languages, Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier today announced on behalf of the Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will provide $15.3 million to support international development work, with particular emphasis on good governance, by five Ottawa-based organizations.

"Organizations in Ottawa have been at the forefront of international development work for decades," Minister Belanger said. "The projects I am announcing today are yet another example of how Ottawans are working to make our world a better place."

Four out of the five initiatives involve Canada Corps funding to Canadian civil society, educational institutions, and private-sector organizations to support work that will promote and facilitate innovative approaches to strengthening good governance practices in the developing world. CIDA partner organizations include: Genivar Inc./University of Ottawa; USC-Canada; the Institute on Governance; CANADEM; and Voluntary Service Overseas Canada (VSO).

"Good governance is a basic requirement for peace, security and sustainable political and socio-economic development," said Minister Carroll. "These projects 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.


- University of Ottawa/Genivar Inc. (Quebec City)

Canada Balkans Judicial Reform Project: to improve and strengthen judicial institutions and systems in Serbia-Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina through support to policy and strategic development, capacity building of the legal-judicial professions, and the administration of justice at the local level and within particular courts. One of the most serious challenges in Serbia-Montenegro and in Bosnia and Herzegovina is their difficulty to deliver a major public good, the rule of law. Real political or economic power is wielded arbitrarily and with apparent impunity outside existing institutional structures. This four-year project will help to overcome this challenge. CIDA contribution: $10 million. Contact: Andre Samson (418) 624-1857

- USC-Canada

Life Skills and Education for Adolescent Development: to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development in Bangladesh through support for social development. The purpose is to improve the quality and delivery of services in education appropriate to the needs of poor adolescents, in particular girls, and to increase their access to those services. As part of this five-year project, 50,000 poor adolescents (80 percent will be girls) of rural areas of Bangladesh will receive non formal basic education, life skills and employment skills adapted to their needs. CIDA contribution: $3.6 million. Contact: Susan Walsh (613) 234-6827

- Institute on Governance, Voluntary Service Overseas Canada, and Project Help Lesotho Building governance capacity and community engagement: Youth against HIV/AIDS, Lesotho: to build the capacity of youth and local government to fight HIV/AIDS in three of Lesotho's poorest districts and at the national level. (Lesotho has the third highest incidence of HIV/AIDS in the world.) Youth councils comprised of Canadian and Lesotho youth, and involving young Canadians of Lesotho origin and Canadian experts in governance and HIV/AIDS, will be trained and supported in their efforts to play a leadership role in raising awareness and implementing strategies to fight HIV/AIDS. CIDA contribution: $584,326. Contact: Laura Edgar (613) 562-0092 ext. 226

- CANADEM and Partnership Africa Canada

CAN-Jeunesse Governance and Development Initiative, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania: to expand CANADEM's partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) by sending 16 young Canadians to support UNDP Country Offices in sub-Saharan Africa in their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and the governance objectives set out in each country's national poverty reduction strategies. The Canadian youth will be matched with and mentored by volunteer senior-level Canadians based in the same host countries. CIDA contribution: $599,996. Contact: Paul LaRose-Edwards (613) 789-3328

- Voluntary Service Overseas Canada, the Institute on Governance, and GlobalAware (Toronto)

SCORE: Strengthening communities rights and empowerment, Bangladesh: to improve the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people in one of the poorest countries in the world, by building the capacity of local communities to participate in decision-making and ensure that poor people's voices inform and influence government policy at national and local levels. The project will provide training to communities on how to identify and exercise their basic rights, and to local governments on how to deliver effective programs. It is expected to benefit three communities with a total population of over 4.8 million. CIDA contribution: $562,337. Contact: Debbie Vanderburgh (613) 234-1364.

Contact Information

  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    (819) 953-6534 (electronic version of document)
    Office of the Honourable Mauril Belanger
    Shawn Salewski
    (613) 952-6732