November 20, 2006 11:46 ET

CIDA Projects Reduce Poverty and Improve Human Rights

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 20, 2006) - Ted Menzies, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of International Cooperation and the Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages, today announced on the Minister's behalf close to $11 million in funding over five years to support 25 development projects led by Canadian colleges and institutes. These projects, funded by the Canadian College Partnership Program (CCPP) of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), will address Canada's aid development priorities, in particular poverty reduction and the promotion of human rights.

"This announcement reflects Canada's New Government's commitment to providing aid effectively through established partnerships," said the Parliamentary Secretary who made the announcement at the CCPP Forum 2006, being held in Ottawa. "Canadian colleges and institutes, have a proven track record in training and passing on valuable knowledge to help developing countries reduce poverty."

"Due to their flexibility and proven capacity to generate curriculum that meets the needs of diverse local communities, Canadian colleges and institutes are well placed to transfer and adapt the skills and training that form a foundation for sustainable development in developing countries. ACCC welcomes these new projects under CIDA's CCPP," said Gerald Brown, President, ACCC.

Overall, 58 proposals were submitted to the Committee from which the final 25 were selected. Of these, 18 projects are in Africa, three in the Americas, three in Asia and one in Eastern Europe. The colleges and institutes involved in the projects are located in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland.

For more information on the funding announced today, please visit CIDA's Website: .

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Lisa Mitchell
    (819) 953-6238
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    (819) 953-6534 (electronic version of document)