Minister of International Cooperation, Bev Oda, announced on December 23, 2011 the results of the Call for Proposals process of the Partnerships with Canadian branch.  53 organizations received about $142 million in total commitments.

Here is a note from the OCIC to it’s members:

As many are already aware, CIDA funding announcements were made to applicants on Friday, December 23, 2011 via email, and the following release was issued on CIDA’s website on the same date, announcing those that were successful:

Congratulations to OCIC members CHF, Canadian Red Cross, Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Street Kids International, Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, War Child Canada, World Vision Canada, Jane Goodall Institute, Oxfam Canada, SHARE Agricultural Foundation and CESO for your various successes in these very competitive calls.

We understand that some members that received positive news may not have been funded for all of the areas of work proposed, and that some that received bad news did receive concrete and proposal-specific feedback in their rejection letter. In the coming days I strongly urge you to share the feedback received, as well as your assessment of it, in the various channels we will convene as efforts to support the Ontario International Cooperation sector. Amongst these will be a national CCIC/ICN funding results survey to be circulated shortly, and information sharing and capacity building activities to be convened by members in the newly formed OCIC CIDA PWCB Networking Group. 

For your general information, I received a response letter today from Darren Schemmer, Vice-President, Partnerships With Canadians Branch, acknowledging my letter of October 27, 2011 detailing concerns with the new calls for proposal process. Within, Mr Schemmer expressed regret over the uncertainty and constraints caused by the delays in announcements of results of the calls, said that CIDA is improving their process based on feedback from applicants, lessons learnt from previous calls for proposals, and the questions submitted by applicants during an open call for proposals (Frequently Asked Questions), and that PWCB will develop a schedule for future calls, which will be posted on the CIDA website once finalized.

Finally, and importantly, I would like to share the following information provided to CCIC members by Julia Sanchez, President-CEO, following her conversation with CIDA officials on December 23, 2011: 
• For the above 2 million call for proposals, CIDA received 50 proposals of which 41 were deemed eligible and therefore assessed. 23 of those were approved for funding.
• For the under 2 million call for proposals, CIDA received 167 proposals, of which 116 were deemed eligible and 30 approved for funding.
• Dates for the next round of proposals are not yet clear, nor the extent to which the new calls will differ from the past ones. CIDA is working on putting together recommendations for improvements in the process for the next round, and these will be submitted to the ministers office on January for consideration. Only after that will the new calls for proposals be worked on.
• Organizations that did not receive funding in these rounds, will be eligible to re-apply and improve their proposals, if they so wish, as long as they respect the rule of no more than 2 on-going grants at any given time.
• CIDA is considering ways to streamlining this process, in particular for the below 2 million call, where many organizations did not get funding. Concept notes and capacity building on grant applications, RBM and gender analysis might be some measures to be taken to enhance the capacity of organizations to succeed with their proposals.
• Also, an electronic eligibility check-list has been prepared that should help organizations self-asses before working on a proposal whether they meet the minimal requirements to obtain funding.
• Organizations that were not successful with their bids can request verbal debriefs, to further discuss the reasons why their proposals scored low.
• The spread of points obtained by the below 2 million proposals was quite wide – with some organizations scoring very high points and others very low. Capacity building, working in coalitions, electronic check-lists and other such measures might be part of the response to this in future rounds. (And the provincial and regional councils, with CCIC support, can probably play a key role in this).
One question we discussed at some length, was what the next steps might with those organizations that did not receive funding and for whom this news might signify a major blow to their until now continued collaboration with CIDA. Though CIDA has no definitive thoughts on this front at present, we have started a dialogue that hopefully will be continued, including of course with the individual organizations, to find the best way to move into a new phase of the relationship with CIDA.”


Here is the CIDA press release:

“Minister Oda announces Canadian partnerships in international development
December 23, 2011

Ottawa, Ontario?Today, the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced the government’s support to further progress to reduce poverty and help the world’s vulnerable peoples effectively. Through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), 53 Canadian organizations will embark in a series of new development projects.

“The Government is achieving significant results for people in need by focusing on effective projects that are sustainable and efficiently executed. Numerous Canadian organizations put forth many worthwhile projects, calling for rigorous assessments and difficult decisions,” said Minister Oda. “Our government is continuing its commitment to all Canadians who believe that Canada’s international assistance must deliver results and make a difference in the lives of the world’s vulnerable people.”

“Canadians can take pride in all the organizations that are reflecting our compassion and efforts to make the world a better place,” said Minister Oda. “The projects to be supported will address food security in vulnerable regions, improve the health of pregnant women, newborns and children, improve learning opportunities for children, and support the creation of new local enterprises to foster economic growth.”

Today’s announcement totals up to $111.7 million in projects from the “Over $2 million” category and up to $30.7 million in projects from the “Under $2 million” category. For more information on the calls for proposals process, please visit the CIDA website.

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For more information, media should contact:

Justin Broekema
Press Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation
Telephone:        819-953-6238    

Media Relations Office
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Telephone:        819-953-6534    


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Today, the Government of Canada announced its support, to be administered by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), to further reduce poverty and help the world’s most vulnerable peoples through Canadian organizations.

Today’s announcement totals $111.7 million in 23 projects from the “Over $2 million” category and $30.7 million in 30 projects from the “Under $2 million ” category.

Projects in the “Over $2 million” Category:
Canadian Co-operative Association
Country: Rwanda

The Rwanda: Co-operative Agricultural Growth project aims to increase food security among vulnerable rural populations in seven districts of Rwanda (Nyanza, Gisagara, Nyamagabe, Ruhango, Muhanga, Kamonyi and Bugesera) and will directly benefit more than 22,000 households and indirectly benefit 132,000 individuals. Building on the success of a three-year pilot project that engaged Rwandan agricultural co-operatives, this project will improve the agricultural production, productivity and marketing capacity of 15 co-operatives and their members. This will be achieved by supporting small-scale rural farmers, organized in co-operatives to improve the quality and quantity of the food they produce, increase their household incomes, and enhance their households’ and communities’ resilience. (Up to $3,403,000 over 5 years)

Country: Ethiopia

CHF and its local partner the Organization for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara (ORDA), will support 36,000 poor farmers, male and female producers, small entrepreneurs and their families by increasing agricultural productivity, income sources and levels, and local capacity to support development initiatives. They will do this by building sustainable livelihoods, supporting equal participation of women in decision-making and reducing inequalities in access to development resources and benefits. The project focuses on increasing food security through food aid, nutrition and agriculture. (Up to $5,700,000 over 5 years)

Canadian Red Cross Society
Countries: Kenya and Liberia

The Canadian Red Cross and its partners in Kenya and Liberia will work with the Ministries of Health (MoH) in those countries to deliver a program in Integrated Community Case Management. It is one of the key platforms for improving the health of pregnant women, newborns and children in 44 hard-to-access rural communities. It is estimated that there will be 66,000 beneficiaries, including 12,000 children under five years old and 26,000 women of childbearing age in West Pokot District in Kenya and Bomi, Gbarpolu and Grand Gedeh Counties in Liberia. The Community Health Committees will select MoH-supervised Community Health Workers/Volunteers, who will be trained in community based health and first aid in order to treat and refer sick children, to ensure community-level access to life-saving medications and basic health services. (Up to $4,120,000 over 2 years)

CARE Canada
Countries: Bolivia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali and Mozambique

The LINKAGES project focuses on food security and nutrition and on enterprise and economic development. It aims to improve livelihood security and resilience of vulnerable people in countries in Africa and Latin America. The project will use a variety of strategies to improve and augment the productive assets these countries have available to them in an environmentally sustainable way to reduce their vulnerability and to increase their ability to cope with setbacks. The project will increase the quantity and quality of food available. It will improve the level and management of incomes through more diversified economic opportunities and will share best practices while utilizing evidence to improve programming globally. It will address gaps in local economies and focus on supplementing on-farm production with off-farm livelihood alternatives. ($6,204,000 over 5 years)

CCAF-FCVI Inc. (Canadian Comprehensive Auditing Foundation)
Countries: Vietnam, Tanzania, Ghana and Cameroon

The International Legislative Oversight Program aims to improve value for money in public expenditures by building sustainable audit and legislative oversight capacity of the Supreme Audit Institutions and Public Accounts Committees of 4 countries to fight corruption, improve governance and accountability, and focus resources on results. The project will create networks and partnerships among Canadian and international audit offices and their representative institutions, Public Accounts Committees in Canada and abroad, and donors. The project will deliver forensic and environmental audits, provide internship opportunities with Canadian audit offices and support for Public Accounts Committees and other oversight committees. (Up to $8,800,000 over 5 years)

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada
Country: Ethiopia

The Christian Children’s Fund of Canada LEAP (Lead for Education Achievement and Progress) project aims to improve the education status of children in Tarma Ber, Adaa and Arsi Negele Districts in Ethiopia, where education needs are great (first cycle primary completion rates are below 50 per cent compared to national averages). This project will directly benefit 156,000 people, of which close to 90 per cent will be children (almost half of them will be girls), and indirectly benefit 86,000 people, who are family heads with children attending Early Childhood Care and Education centres and primary schools. (Up to $4,000,000 over 5 years)

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC)
Countries: Honduras, Mali, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Mozambique

The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee?Canada (CRWRC) project aims to address rural poverty issues faced by more than 65,000 direct beneficiaries, of which 56 per cent are women and girls. The issues are caused mainly by erratic weather, declining soil infertility, lack of agricultural inputs and land tenure, as well as poor skills for employment and lack of access to credit for small enterprises. CRWRC will work with 12 local NGOs and targeted community members through three mutually reinforcing development processes including food security, economic growth and community governance capacity, to enhance food security and economic well-being of vulnerable households in Honduras, Mali, Bangladesh, Tanzania and Mozambique. (Up to $5,611,000 over 5 years)

Countries: Ethiopia, Senegal and Tanzania

Reading CODE is a literacy project combining access to quality reading materials with educators who have the skills to use these materials effectively. Through its partners in Ethiopia, Senegal and Tanzania, CODE aims to increase the skills of teachers and librarians in more than 1,500 schools and libraries, sourcing and supplying books, and to improve the learning possibilities of 727,000 children. Reading CODE also connects national publishing industries and education networks to create a sustainable culture of literacy, a culture that is recognized through the Millennium Development Goals, as a means of securing the future of all children and youth and as a pillar of social development and economic prosperity. (Up to $4,411,200 over 5 years)

Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT)
Countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

DOT will support 88,000 young African women and men to lead economic changes in order to create new enterprises, raise individual and family incomes, and augment access to business development services and capital in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. This will be done by enhancing the employment skills of young women and men; increasing the number of emerging and developed community-based socio-economic enterprises; and enhancing the delivery of economic development and working-readiness programs by DOT’s local partners and the community-based organizations with which they work through this project. (Up to $6,900,000 over 3 years)

Habitat for Humanity Canada
Country: Haiti

Habitat for Humanity Canada is collaborating with Habitat for Humanity Haiti to increase the capacity of micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) to meet the demand for housing and related infrastructure, and to increase income-generating activity such as employment in the community while assisting Haitians to build better replacement housing. 3400 Haitians will be direct beneficiaries of this initiative. This project will be taking place in the local construction sector in Léogane and the greater Port-au-Prince area, both of which suffered severely during the earthquake. The project will increase the capacity of individuals and MSMEs to meet expected the demand for housing and related infrastructure, and of communities, families and municipalities to manage reconstruction needs. (Up to $2,400,000 over 3 years)

Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Country: Indonesia

Under the Sulawesi Economic Development Strategy (SEDS) project, the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning aims to build the capacity of 7 Sulawesi universities to design and deliver applied entrepreneurship education that produces graduates able to start their own businesses. This project will benefit 1000 entrepreneurs and seeks to develop support services for SMEs through the creation of networks of stakeholders such as commerce, industry associations, banks and media. (Up to $3,750,000 over 5 years)

International Development Enterprises Association Inc. (IDE)
Countries: Ethiopia, Ghana and Cambodia

IDE Canada’s three-country “Innovation for Rural Prosperity” project will, over five years, directly result in improved income and food security for 21,000 smallholder farms in Ethiopia, Ghana and Cambodia. The program will achieve this through targeted investments in training and developing smallholder-oriented private sector product and service providers, who will continue to provide products and services after the end of the project. By working with local entrepreneurs and private sector service providers to introduce supply chain innovations and by opening up higher-value market opportunities for farmers, IDE creates the opportunity for a significant and growing number of smallholder farmers to improve their productivity and increase their prices, thus more fully leveraging their land, water, and labour. (Up to $3,500,000 over 5 years)

Lundin for Africa
Countries: Ghana, Mali and Senegal

The Technical Assistance Facility project will create and provide technical assistance to 30 small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the area of agribusiness leading to the creation of 5200 new jobs. This project will contribute to sustained growth of SMEs in the area of agribusiness, stimulating sustainable economic growth, improving incomes and food security for smallholder farmers and creating jobs for youth. (Up to $4,500,000 over 5 years)

Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology
Country: Ukraine

New employment in Ukraine is largely within the private sector, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) which do not have strong links with the public sector vocational skills training system. The proposed project will improve the abilities of the vocational training institutions’ graduates and strengthen the institutions’ capacity to improve access to training for women and other equity groups – particularly in economically disadvantaged areas. This will benefit 1,300 students immediately and 14,000 students over the course of the project. The project will enhance business programming in three selected institutions through the development of stronger and mutually beneficial relationships among government, community and private sector stakeholders; new teaching resources; curricula review; and training of trainers. (Up to $4,000,000 over 3 years)

Société de coopération pour Ie développement international (SOCODEVI)
Countries: Bolivia, Peru and Vietnam

The 2012-2017 Cooperative and Mutual Partnership Program is aimed at improving living conditions for more than 87,000 people who are members of cooperative and mutual / membership organizations. The merits of the project are consistent with two major development issues: poverty reduction through sustainable economic growth, and increased food security through stimulation of sustainable agricultural development. (Up to $7,147,500 over 5 years)

Country: India

The project will improve the living conditions among the poorest villages of the State of Andhra Pradesh in India through community-driven sustainable development. The project supports 1,000 villages by investing in people and communities to: improve the health of mothers – and their ability to care for their children; assisting schools in improving the learning environment; improving community health due to improved water and sanitation; enhancing socio-economic opportunities for women and youth; and, assisting small-scale farmers to increase their agricultural production and training them to use organic methods. The project will contribute to empowering rural poor communities and improving their living conditions, and will benefit 277,000 rural inhabitants. (Up to $4,900,000 over 5 years)

Street Kids International
Country: Ethiopia

Street Kids International and local partners will help youth serving organizations establish Communities of Practice (CoP) in order to pull resources together and strengthen their youth livelihood and business development services. The project aims to increase the inclusion of 4,000 marginalized youth in socio-economic activities in Ethiopia. Youth served by CoP members will receive training in life skills, business planning, group business formation and savings. CoPs will develop master trainers and adult and youth mentors to sustain quality services to youth. (Up to $741,000 over 5 years)

Canadian Bar Association
Countries: Tanzania and Uganda

This project aims to improve the access to justice for 12,000 children and youth (both girls and boys) identified as the direct beneficiaries, in Tanzania and Uganda. Children and youth represent between 43 per cent and 49 per cent of the population in each of these countries, and face great challenges such as limited access to health care and education, impact of HIV/AIDS, discrimination against girls, child labour, domestic violence, female genital mutilation, sexual defilement/assault, and child trafficking. To address these problems and increase the safety and security of children and youth, the project will strengthen the content and implementation of laws protecting children’s rights, increase the availability, awareness and quality of legal aid services for children and youth, and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of court procedures and legal remedies affecting them. (Up to $4,402,000 over 5 years)

Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
Countries: Mozambique, Tanzania and Burundi

This project’s primary objective is to improve the health of populations living in 59 rural villages in Mozambique, Tanzania and Burundi by increasing access to primary health care and clean water, promoting good health habits, and improving agricultural yield of smallholder farmers. The project increases the number of community health workers, provides bicycle ambulances to remote villages, builds or expands basic health infrastructure where most needed and enhances access to clean water by refurbishing old wells and building new ones. It also educates women, men and children on sexual reproductive health, proper nutrition and sanitation, maternal and child health, HIV and AIDS, gender issues and trains farmers on best practices in sustainable agriculture. (Up to $8,100,000 over 5 years)

Trustee Board of the Presbyterian Church in Canada
Country: Malawi

The Building Sustainable Livelihoods program targets poor and marginalized people in Malawi. The program raises the economic potential of people living in poverty through an integrated programme focused on initiatives that create sustainable bases for increased income at the household level. The core of the program provides women and men with skills to increase their productivity either through vocational training leading to employment, micro-enterprise development, or increased agricultural production. In order to maximize the program results at that level, the program also invests in education to help children have the necessary foundation for further training in the future, and in basic health to help reduce the incidence of health related issues that affect productivity, especially for women. (Up to $931,000 over 5 years)

War Child Canada
Country: South Sudan

A Better Future for Vulnerable Youth project’s goal is to empower youth to be more economically productive and positively engaged in their communities by improving life skills such as functional literacy and numeracy; improving youth livelihoods through skills training and business development; and facilitating youth as community leaders. The project will be implemented through education, skills training, market-based business development, and community youth leadership. (Up to $1,692,000 over 5 years)

Countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda

The East Africa School WASH program addresses water, sanitation and hygiene issues in rural and urban schools in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. The water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) program, in partnership with nine local organizations, will assist 183 primary schools over a five year period by building water wells and latrines, and providing hygiene education. The direct beneficiaries are 132,000 students, teachers and school staff. Indirect beneficiaries include 260,000 parents, caregivers and other community members. The program goal is to enhance the health status of girls, boys, women and men. (Up to $5,200,000 over 5 years)

World Vision Canada
Countries: Mali, Ghana, Senegal and Sierra Leone

The project aims to improve the food security status of 184,000 women, 173,000 men and 247,000 children living in poor rural communities in Mali, Ghana, Senegal and Sierra Leone with a Systems Approach to Improve and Sustain Food Security in West Africa. It will do so by increasing the adoption of agricultural practices promoting sustainable livelihoods, improving the utilization of healthy food, and increasing the effectiveness and use of agricultural services by people living in poor rural communities. (Up to $11,300,000 over 5 years)

Projects in the “Under $2 million” Category:

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Africa Community Technical Service Society
Country: Uganda

The Africa Community Technical Services will aim to improve the health of 15,000 residents by increasing access to potable water for two rural communities in south-western Uganda. To sustain these improvements, the project will build the capacity of the Church of Uganda, Ankole Diocese, to independently administer and manage large-scale rural water systems. The project will also help to improve the health and food security of 31,000 women, men, and children in 26 villages in Ndeija and Bugamba sub-counties of south-western Uganda. These 26 villages will benefit from the formation of village health teams that are trained by Healthy Child Uganda in community health education, diagnosis and referral, and community mobilization supervised by government health centre staff. (Up to $1,545,431 over 3 years)

Aga Khan Foundation Canada
Country: India

The project’s objective is to transform disadvantaged and marginalized children’s lives and learning by improving both access to, and quality of, education opportunities. The proposed investment builds upon significant gains working in poor neighbourhoods of 4 sub-districts of Bihar, where a network of neighbourhood-level Learning Support Centres, launched by the Aga Khan Rural Support Program in 2009, is providing afterschool support to 5,000 pre-school and primary school children. (Up to $1,890,879 over 2 years and 3 months)

Buy-A-Net Malaria Prevention Group Inc.
Country: Uganda

The Heal – One Village at a Time project will improve child and maternal health by reducing the incidence of mortality and morbidity due to treatable and preventable diseases such as malaria and diarrhoea. Buy-a-Net Malaria Prevention Group Inc. (BAN) will partner with the Bwindi Community Hospital to support the work of its Community Health and Batwa Division to carry out a four-year community outreach program in the three sub-counties of Kayonza, Mpungu and Kanyantorogo. This project will reach an estimated 55,000 people living in 103 remote villages, with an emphasis on the 12,000 children under five and nearly 13,000 women of child bearing age (15 and 49) potentially at risk. (Up to $723,662 over 4 years)

Canada-Africa Community Health Alliance
Country: Tanzania

The Improving Maternal/Infant Care Tanzania project will directly benefit more than 120,000 mothers, infants, and children, and indirectly benefit 600,000 individuals by reducing maternal and infant mortality rates in two districts of Tanzania (Moshi Rural and Ukerewe) through an integrated and collaborative approach at the health service delivery and the community level. The initiative will improve the quality of the existing prenatal, delivery, and paediatric services by expanding local health care workers expertise. Similarly, the number of women and children accessing these services will also increase as a result of outreach and training activities. (Up to $542,831 over 4 years)

Canadian Jesuits International
Country: Zambia

This three-year project will enable 100 small-scale farmers in Chongwe District of Zambia to convert to organic agricultural production and end reliance on expensive and environmentally damaging chemical fertilizers and pesticides. This will improve land-use sustainability, increase agricultural productivity, and model the organic conversion process for Zambian agriculture in general. The long-term objective of this project is to increase sustainability, productivity and product value in Zambian agriculture, with improved income, nutritional status and food security among small-scale farming families, through conversion to organic agriculture. (Up to $757,377 over 3 years)

Change for Children Association
Country: Bolivia

The project will strengthen the capacity of 6 indigenous women’s federations to expand and manage existing sustainable income generation programs involving wild fruit harvesting and local food processing. Equipment, materials and training workshops will be provided to local agricultural producers. Nutritious food products will be harvested, processed and sold by the women’s federations to the school breakfast program to improve the nutrition and health of local children. The project will directly benefit 4,800 people (an estimated 2,600 women and girls and 2,200 men and boys) and indirectly more than 21,000 individuals by providing school feeding programs. The project will also ensure food security and sustainable economic development to local indigenous populations in the state of La Paz, Bolivia. (Up to $591,500 over 5 years)

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee Canada (CRWRC)
Country: Senegal and Nigeria

The project will support adolescents, particularly girls aged 13-18, in 71 communities in Nigeria and Senegal where there are high levels of risk to adolescent health. The project will work to increase practices among adolescents of healthy behaviours that reduce risks from HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and early/unwanted pregnancies; improve protection of adolescents, especially girls, from violence and sexual abuse; and improve literacy and vocational skills among participating adolescents. It is expected to directly benefit 5,000 individuals. (Up to $1,678,057 over 4 years)

Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel François-Xavier-Garneau (In French)
Country: Mozambique

This project is aimed at improving competencies in entrepreneurship among teachers and managers of vocational schools and technical institutions so they can create concrete learning opportunities in entrepreneurship for young people in the provinces of Niassa and Nampula. Project activities include entrepreneurship training for professors and managers, set-up of learning enterprises in entrepreneurship and networking between schools and businesses through NICTs. By way of results, trainers and managers specializing in entrepreneurship will be available. In addition, access to entrepreneurial training and employment will be facilitated and young people will be made more employable. (Up to $797,519 over 4 years)

College of the Rockies
Country: Kenya

The objective of this project is to improve access to quality health care services for women and children living in the Nyeri and the Migori regions in Kenya. Working with Kimathi University College of Technology and the Ministry of Medical Services, this project will support both human and infrastructure resources at rural dispensaries, and create new health care delivery service in maternal and child health. Medical employees will be trained in updated obstetric techniques and requisite equipment will be installed. Community Health Units will be established at all dispensaries to spread key health messages throughout the two regions. The project will be piloted in the Nyeri region before expanding to the Migori region to replicate the model throughout Kenya. (Up to $1,618,833 over 4 years)

Éducation internationale, Cooperative for educational development and exchange services (In French)
Country: Peru

The end goal of the project is to reduce poverty and promote sustainable economic growth by improving access to good-quality vocational training that meets job market needs in the north Lima region of Peru. The project aims to reinforce the management skills of educational centre administrators; offer pedagogical training to teachers; and develop vocational training programs that are better adapted to job market needs, including training in automobile mechanics. (Up to $1,405,332 over 5 years)

ERRI of Canada (Emmanuel Relief and Rehabilitation International)
Country: Malawi

The Machinga and Zomba Districts Water and Sanitation Project will improve access to clean water and construct improved sanitation facilities in 92 communities in rural Malawi. Reaching 80,000 villagers, the project provides a platform for improved health, education and economic outcomes, using interventions and techniques proven to deliver sustainable results. Key elements include the digging of new wells or the rehabilitation of failed wells, and the training of responsible community members of both genders to manage and maintain these resources in the best long-term interests of the entire community. The sanitation component involves the construction of simple, ecological sanitation toilets and associated training in the benefits of sound sanitation practices. (Up to $523,117 over 3 years)

Farm Radio International
Countries: Ghana, Malawi, Mali and Tanzania

The Radio for Farmer Value Chain Development project will directly reach 1 million small-scale farmers (men and women), and indirectly reach a further 3.5 million small-scale farmers (men and women) in 4 sub-Saharan countries. The project will provide farm radio resource packages and training to partner radio stations in the design and delivery of over 1,000 hours of agricultural extension programming that targets the needs of small-scale subsistence-based farmers (especially female farmers) and of other actors involved in value-added processing and marketing of agricultural products. Farm Radio International (FRI) will train the staff of 10 partner radio stations to work with farmers in developing their own locally relevant radio broadcasts. (Up to $1,999,698 over 5 years)

Global Aid Network Inc.
Country: Benin

The overall aim of GAiN’s Benin Water and Health Project is to help break the cycle of disease for approximately 70,000 beneficiaries in 105 villages and increase beneficiaries’ ownership of community development. The project will increase the health of project beneficiaries, particularly the health of 32,000 children, by increasing their access to environmentally sustainable clean water points; improving community hygiene and sanitation practices; empowering beneficiaries to drive ongoing development in their communities; and improving female beneficiaries’ access and control over community resources and development. (Up to $692,755 over 3 years)

Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo

This project will result in direct benefits for 200,000 people in two of the poorest territories in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In these territories, school enrolment for girls is around 28 per cent, 70 per cent of the population lacks access to basic health care, the maternal mortality rate is one of the highest in the world, and 70 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line. In response, this project will improve access to public education for children, improve access to public health services (particularly for women and children), provide clean water sources, improve food security and increase agricultural yields by training and equipping farmers. Special emphasis will be placed on girl’s enrolment in school and women achieving equal access to positions of influence and responsibility in their communities. (Up to $1,868,106 over 3 years)

L’AMIE (In French)
Country: Burundi

Poverty Reduction in Burundi will help fight against poverty in Bujumbura, Kayanza, and Citiboke, Burundi. The project supports the empowerment of women, permits them to contribute to the economic development of their community and improves their children’s lives. The project provides the necessary resources to vulnerable children so that they may have a future that does not include the streets, and promotes and defends the rights of children and women in Burundi. Reaching over 2,400 beneficiaries (the majority being children) the programme offers much needed financial and educational resources to create an impact in the community. (Up to $922,847 over 5 years)

Maharashtra Seva Samiti Organization
Country: India

This project aims to provide free ophthalmic examination to 40,000 students in 500 schools in India’s Dhule district, Maharashtra state, a rural area affected by poor eye health. A 2008 survey showed that almost 30 percent of schoolchildren had vision problems. Using two mobile clinics, Maharashtra Seva Samiti Organization will also provide these students with screening for early interventions. It will also work with the district school board and teachers to raise awareness about preventive measures to prevent needless vision impairment amongst these rural children. (Up to $577,988 over 5 years)

Mission of Mercy Canada + CAWST
Country: India

The overall objective of the project is to increase access to safe water and improve the health of 54,000 women, 58,000 men, 26,000 girls and 29,000 boys in 31 target villages in Jharkhand and 12 target villages in West Bengal, India over the next five years. Objectives include improving residents’ health and hygiene practices, increasing the use of safe water in households and schools through BioSand Filter (BSF) technology, improving safe water storage of targeted community members, and increasing the local capacity of staff and community members to scale-up and maintain the use of BSF to produce clean water. (Up to $1,997,625 over 5 years)

Oxfam Canada
Country: Ethiopia

The primary objective of this project is to increase the sustainable incomes of primarily women small holder farmers and agro-pastoralists in the Ethiopian regions of Oromia and Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region by improving their market participation for three locally-grown commodities: bulla (porridge produced from the enset tree), aloe and vegetables. The beneficiaries, who are already organized in 32 economic collectives (cooperatives, self-help and community economic groups), will develop stronger competencies in agro-business management, accessing technology, equipment and material, and developing business relations within the product demand and the associated supply chains. (Up to $780,583 over 1.5 years)

Parkland Community Living & Support Society
Country: Mexico

Parkland Community Living & Support Society seeks to assist aboriginal families with disabled children in Mexico to learn new rehabilitation techniques to support their children’s development. Emphasis is on securing the future of disabled children and youth and human rights. The project will be delivered in three areas of the state of Morelos. The project will assist aboriginal families with disabled children to learn new rehabilitation techniques to support the child’s development by providing them with an array of techniques to help the development of their children, school programs, establishing support groups and involving local beneficiaries as well as government authorities in advocating rights for these children. More than 2400 children with disabilities, families of these children, as well as teachers and social workers will benefit from this project. (Up to $474,549 over 3 years)

Rainbow of Hope for Children Society
Country: El Salvador

This project will assist the people of 5 communities in El Salvador to create ecologically and economically sustainable coffee production and processing businesses, and to enhance the food security of subsistence coffee farmers in the region. It will also improve the capacity of the community-run organization, the Association of United Communities of Usulutan, to improve rural women’s inclusion and participation in the integrated rural development programs COMUS runs. (Up to $819,648 over 5 years)

Resource Efficient Agricultural Production?Canada
Country: Gambia and Senegal

The goal of the project is to enhance food security, reduce poverty, and create sustainable livelihoods for 2,100 subsistence farmers in Gambia and 900 subsistence farmers in Senegal located in ten vulnerable agrarian communities. The project will also indirectly assist 9,000 subsistence farmers located in surrounding communities. Specific project objectives are: to train rural communities for sustainable community development; to further develop the use of resource-efficient ecological farming methods; and to increase men and women farmers’ food security, nutrition and livelihoods through improving access to improved resources for food, fodder and soil management. (Up to $670,824 over 4 years)

Service d’aide aux jeunes entreprises du Montréal Centre
Country: Colombia

The project aims to promote young entrepreneurs’ integration in the formal economy through continued coaching in the creation and development of micro, small- and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs) in three regions of Colombia (Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío). The expected results of this initiative are: a team of 60 advisors specialized in the start-up and development of MSMEs; 450 MSMEs created and/or consolidated, which represents an average of 1,350 new jobs; training tools designed and adapted for the Colombian business context; and a $2,250,000 investment by the MSMEs. (Up to $626,552 over 3 years)

SHARE Agriculture Foundation
Countries: Honduras and El Salvador

SHARE’s project will help alleviate rural poverty by improving economic livelihoods, health, adult literacy and food security of 95 rural communities in Honduras and El Salvador. Rural women, men and youth will have improved food security through training and technical assistance to improve ecological food production, family nutrition, and techniques to diversify food enterprises. Rates of adult literacy will increase through access for 2,200 women and men to government certified basic adult education. A further 400 young women and men will receive vocational and leadership training for small rural alternative enterprises such as masonry, carpentry, welding, hair cutting, baking, sewing. A total of 400 young women and men will attend leadership training in improved decision-making and positive participation in family, community and organization. They will then replicate the teachings in their communities, on a “train the trainer” model. Finally, 800 rural families in 95 rural communities in Honduras and El Salvador will benefit from better health and hygiene from the use of improved cook stoves and awareness workshops connecting hygiene, boiled drinking water, and safer cooking methods. (Up to $726,381 over 3 years)

Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
Country: Mali

This initiative will support Mali’s efforts to improve maternal and neonatal health and will help improve access to and quality of care for more than 560,000 pregnant women, new mothers and their newborns. This project offers complete emergency obstetrical care and specifically aims to improve the availability and accessibility of essential obstetrical and neonatal care in the country’s functional health structures. (Up to $1,372,365 over 3 years)

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
Country: South Africa

This program responds to the high HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) infection rates among pregnant women in the Eastern Cape, South Africa and the government’s plan to provide Anti Retro Viral to ten percent of children under 16 years of age, infected with HIV and AIDS, up from the current seven percent coverage. The project’s main objectives are to improve the health of children affected by AIDS, decrease HIV and TB infection rates, and increase community awareness of and support for HIV/AIDS and TB testing, prevention and treatment in Ngqushwa municipality. The program will benefit 29,500 HIV and TB infected families and vulnerable children, and will be implemented in collaboration with the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund’s local partner, Keiskamma Trust. (Up to $1,494,621 over 5 years)

Trade Facilitation Office Canada (Consortium with CESO)
Country: Bolivia, Burkina Faso and Guyana

In this project, TFO and CESO will partner to deliver trade-related advisory and market contact services in Bolivia, Burkina Faso and Guyana for improving the export competiveness and readiness of 55 small- and medium-size enterprises employing approximately 4,000 persons, with a particular emphasis on women-led businesses. It will also help those firms establish contacts with international markets, particularly Canada, which will help them generate new export sales and ultimately contribute to increased or improved employment opportunities for the poor in those countries. A third objective of the project is to increase the capacity of five local trade support institutions located in these countries to sustainably deliver improved trade capacity building services that will benefit local exporters. (Up to $908,868 over 2 years)

Veterinarians without Borders
Countries: Laos and Cambodia

The proposed project aims to improve the food security and livelihood capabilities in participating communities, namely eleven villages in Xaythany District in Laos, and eight villages in Ratanakmundul District in Cambodia, deemed a priority by local governments. It builds capacities of local partners, their collaborators, and beneficiaries, to improve livestock management, and provide sustainable services for farmers. Specific results include improved husbandry skills for both male and female farmers, better veterinary services in the communities, better understanding of human/animal health issues and ways to mitigate the risks posed to human health, and more diversified livelihood strategies, with complementary market knowledge, for farmers in the participating communities. (Up to $560,737 over 3 years)

The Wellspring Foundation for Education
Country: Rwanda

The Rwanda School Development Program (SDP) aims to improve the quality of education in public schools in Rwanda. The SDP will provide in-service teacher support, training and professional development services to 250 teacher trainers, including 76 head teachers and deputy head teachers as well as 114 parent teacher representatives. More than 700 teachers and over 50, 000 students will number among the project’s indirect beneficiaries. (Up to $484,470 over 2 years)

Women’s Empowerment International Foundation
Country: India

The Yuvak?Apna Bhavishya project implemented by the Women’s Empowerment International Foundation of Edmonton and its local partner, addresses basic education, vocational training, and health care needs of children of both sexes and their families from tribal selected communities in Dahanu Taluka in the Indian state Maharashtra. The project will directly benefit more than 2,300 children and 7,500 youth and adults. (Up to $480,974 over 3 years)

World Hope International (Canada), Inc.
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

The project seeks to improve family incomes of over 450,000 people (60 per cent women, 50 per cent youth) through improved market networks and vocational training. This project will also strengthen the capacity of the local partners and over 220 communities to monitor and implement strategies to reduce malnutrition, improve child, maternal and community health, and provide support for the vulnerable such as people living with AIDS. The project will increase women’s capacity to participate in household and community decision making and strengthen the infrastructure (water, electricity and equipment) of 7 hospitals and community health clinics, and upgrade staff training. (Up to $1,205,734 over 3 years)”