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The Canada International Development Agency (CIDA).

8 July 2005 at 01:50 | 1287 views

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is responsible for the majority of Canada’s international cooperation program.

Canada’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) program concentrates
resources on the following six priorities:

Basic human needs: to support efforts to provide primary health care,
basic education, family planning, nutrition, water and sanitation, and shelter.
Canada will continue to respond to emergencies with humanitarian
assistance. Canada will commit 25% of its ODA to basic human needs as
a means of enhancing its focus on addressing the security of the individual.

Over the next five years, CIDA will strengthen its programming in four
areas of social development: health and nutrition, basic education,
HIV/AIDS, and child protection.

Gender Equality: to support the achievement of equality between women
and men to ensure sustainable development.

Infrastructure services: to help developing countries to deliver
environmentally sound infrastructure services, with an emphasis on poorer
groups and on capacity building.

Human rights, democracy, good governance: to increase respect for
human rights, including children’s rights; to promote democracy and better
governance; and to strengthen both civil society and the security of the

Private sector development: to promote sustained and equitable
economic growth by supporting private sector development in developing

Environment: to help developing countries to protect their environment
and to contribute to addressing global and regional environmental issues.

CIDA’s priorities in Africa and the Middle East

Canada Fund for Local Initiatives Program in Ghana and Togo

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). In Ghana and Togo, it is administered by the Canadian High Commission in Accra. The CFLI is designed to provide rapid response to the socio-economic development needs of poor and marginalized communities. The Fund usually provides this support through community-based organizations and other structures working at the grassroots level. More