Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

  • The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is "Canada's lead agency for development assistance."
  • Its stated mandate is "to support sustainable development in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and to contribute to a more secure, equitable, and prosperous world."
  • In order to achieve these goals, CIDA distributes funds to developing countries. It also provides humanitarian assistance through various United Nations agencies and NGOs; of the $297.8 million allocated by CIDA for humanitarian assistance in 2005-6, $71.9 million were channeled through NGOs (Statistical Report on Official Development Assistance, 2005-6, page 21).
  • Since 2005, CIDA's support for extremist political groups has decreased; however, funding continues for a number of NGOs engaged in anti-Israel campaigning. This group includes Al Haq, Alternatives, Médecins du Monde, Oxfam and the Mennonite Central Committee of Canada. Moreover, the Presbyterian Church of Canada, which gave $5000 (USD) to Sabeel in 2007, received $2,871,069 (Canadian) from CIDA in 2006-7 (page 94). The use of Canadian federal funds for hostile ideological campaigns against Israel that exploit human rights rhetoric is inconsistent with CIDA’s official funding objectives and Canadian values of "global citizenship, equity and environmental sustainability."
  • Although the Canadian government has boycotted the Durban Review Conference and has pledged not to fund any of the activities related to it (including NGO participation), CIDA continues to fund three Canadian NGOs (African Canadian Legal Clinic, Chinese Canadian National Council, National Anti-Racism Council of Canada) which have signed a letter promoting greater NGO involvement and a parallel NGO Forum at the Durban Review Conference.
  • In December 2009, according to media reports, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has rejected grant renewal applications from two groups, KAIROS and Alternatives. A spokesperson for the International Development Minister explained that “[a]fter completing due diligence it was determined that [KAIROS’] project does not meet CIDA’s current priorities.” Alternatives claimed that it had “not received official confirmation” that its proposal was denied.

Canada essentials: