November 10, 2005 09:26 ET

CIDA: Canada Supports International Development Work of Toronto-Based Organizations

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 10, 2005) - The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Member of Parliament for St. Paul's today announced on behalf of the Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation that the Canadian International development agency (CIDA) will provide $12.3 million to support international development work by two Toronto-based organizations.
"These initiatives highlight Canada's commitment to international development and provide an example of how Canadian organizations, in particular those that are based in Toronto, are making a difference in the world," Minister Bennett said.

The first initiative called Children's Millennium Program with $11.7 million in CIDA funding will be managed by Foster Parents Plan. This five-year program will build local capacity towards realizing the Millennium Development Goals in five countries: Bolivia; Indonesia; Mali; Sierra Leone; and Uganda. The goal is to improve access to quality health and education services for girls and boys with emphasis on the protection of children's rights based on the values of justice, human rights, and gender equality. Foster Parents Plan will work with community-based organizations and NGOs in these countries to achieve the objectives of this program. (Contact: Tanjina Mirza (416) 920-1659 x 213)

The second initiative involves $599,966 of Canada Corps funding and will be undertaken by UNICEF Canada. Under the leadership of two African lawyers, four young Canadian lawyers and four young African lawyers will collaborate on case law research in Kenya and Sierra Leone to identify missed opportunities in existing case law for using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Their research will be used to develop a practical guide on using the Convention in courts and a training course that could reach 1800 judges, lawyers and paralegals working in family, criminal, constitutional and human rights law. (Contact: David Agnew (416) 482-4444)

"Helping developing countries realize the Millennium Development Goals and supporting them promote the rule of law is commendable work," Minister Carroll said. "It is particularly notable that both initiatives will help children in these countries."

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 Carolyn Bennett
    Tricia Geddes
    (613) 299-6940