February 21, 2009 13:06 ET

Minister Oda Concludes Visits to Development Projects in South Africa and Mozambique

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2009) - Today, the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, concluded a -trip to South Africa and Mozambique visiting various projects funded by the Government of Canada as part of its commitment to Africa.

"This visit enabled me to measure Canada's work in Africa to ensure increasing effectiveness and focus of our programs," said Minister Oda. "While meeting with local leaders and some of the poorest in Africa, I saw how important it is to listen to communities and obtain concrete and sustainable results in our development work."

During her trip, Minister Oda visited aid projects funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Port Elizabeth and Humansdorp, South Africa and in Massinga and Lihonzuane village, Mozambique. Site visits included a day hospital, township library, training centres, a primary school, nutrition and community health activities, HIV/AIDS prevention work, and rural farms.

"Canada remains committed to doubling aid to Africa and these development projects are assisting us in attaining that goal," said Minister Oda. "Canada will continue to play a key role in ensuring a better future for citizens in Africa."


Development projects in South Africa and Mozambique


Mpilo-Lwazi Health Initiative Programme

The Mpilo-Lwazi Health Initiative Programme addresses the prevention, treatment, and care and support needs of families coping with HIV/AIDS in the Ibhayi townships of Port Elizabeth. Ubuntu has developed an effective public/NGO partnership with the South African government to dramatically improve service provision. The goals of the Mpilo-Lwazi Health Initiative are to prevent new HIV infection and onward transmission, and address the comprehensive needs of HIV-affected households.

Funding for this project is provided through the 5-year (2008-2013), $12 million HIV/AIDS Response Fund.

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Capacity Building Technical Assistance Fund (CBTAF)

The library visited in Humansdorp Township is one of approximately 40 projects benefiting from CIDA support to the Capacity Building Technical Assistance Fund (CBTAF) and the Technical Assistance Unit (TAU).

The Capacity Building Technical Assistance Fund (CBTAF) is a 5-year (2007-2012), $12.9 million project. The Fund supports South African initiatives to improve governance by building accountable public institutions and improving the capacity of government departments to deliver services. The Technical Assistance Unit aims to improve the sustainable management of public finances through the provision of technical assistance and management support to other government departments (national, provincial and local).

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Training for Health Renewal

This project contributes to health system improvements in Mozambique by supporting the Massinga Centre for Continuing Education in Health, a health training centre in Inhambane province. The Massinga Centre has been recognized by the Mozambican Ministry of Health as a national model for health training and is well-known for its participatory and community-based approach. The Centre provides both introductory training and continuing education for formal and informal health workers focusing on preventive medicine and community participation. The project helps to address the severe shortage of health workers in Mozambique and to increase knowledge of and access to health services among the population.

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Sustainable and Effective Economic Development (SEED)

This project aims to reduce poverty by diversifying both agricultural and non-agricultural income-generating activities in Inhambane province and increasing local access to and control over these activities. The project 1) strengthens and increases farmers' links with civil society, government, and private sector partners who can contribute to commercial opportunities; 2) builds farmers' capacity to identify, develop, and manage agricultural activities with the greatest potential for commercialization; and 3) builds farmers' capacity to identify and develop non-agricultural economic opportunities with the greatest income-generating potential.

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Inhambane Health and Education Project

The purpose of this project is to empower women and girls to access and provide better health and education services for themselves, their family, and their community. The project aims to promote and increase girls' access to basic education, to promote better health and nutrition practices in communities, and to reduce and mitigate the incidence of HIV/AIDS. The project targets two districts in Inhambane province.

Results achieved as of June 2008 include: two schools were constructed, increasing the access to and quality of education in two communities. School councils have been strengthened and can better assist orphaned and vulnerable children. Twenty adult educators were trained, including 11 women, and 501 adults, 430 of them women, enrolled in literacy classes offered in two communities. Access to primary health services has increased due to the increased capacity of the Community Health Council and Community Health Post.

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For information on all CIDA-funded projects in South Africa and Mozambique, please consult:

South Africa :

Mozambique :

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Michelle Coates
    Press Secretary
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office