Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

The Canada Government’s development assistance agency, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) supports sustainable development around the world to reduce poverty and ensure Canada’s contribution to a secure and prosperous world. Specifically, CIDA has the mandate to “advance Canadian values of global citizenship, equity, and environmental sustainability, as well as Canadian interests regarding security, prosperity, and governance; deliver visible, durable impact on the world’s key development challenges as identified in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); focus on reducing poverty through an effective and focused approach which will match Canadian niches with developing countries’ needs in coordination with other donors; recognize and promote sustainable solutions to address the critical linkages between environmental degradation, poverty, and social inequity; and mobilize Canadians to build our society’s capacity to contribute effectively to global poverty reduction.” It has a number of funding schemes and programmes for NGOs on health education, livelihood, democracy and youth development. Besides managing funds at country-level, it has some centralized funding also available such as:
  • Canada Fund for Africa
  • Industrial Cooperation Programme
  • Conference Fund
  • Indigenous People’s Partnership Programme
  • International Youth Internship Programme
  • Voluntary Sector Programme (The Voluntary Sector Programme has a number of funding schemes for NGOs).
The contact information of CIDA in Canada is:

Canadian International Development Agency
200 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0G4