The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives - Canada Fund - is an important component of Canada’s international development assistance agenda.
CIDA’s mission is to lead Canada's international effort to help people living in poverty. Its mandate is to manage Canada's support and resources effectively and accountably to achieve meaningful, sustainable results and engage in policy development in Canada and internationally, enabling Canada's effort to realize its development objectives.
In July 2007, Prime Minister Harper announced that "Canada is committed to playing a bigger role in the Americas". He said: "Three key objectives form the basis of our new Government's re-engagement in the Americas: to promote basic democratic values, to strengthen economic linkages and to meet new security challenges." CIDA's support to the region also reduces poverty and inequity.
The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a Canadian government organization involved in a broad range of projects throughout the world. It seeks to assist researchers in developing countries to identify and study long-term, practical solutions to the social, economic and environmental problems of their communities. IDRC mainly funds research conducted in developing countries by local researchers. In this way, IDRC strengthens the indigenous research capacity needed for policies and technologies conducive to healthier and more prosperous societies, improved food security, preservation of biodiversity and easier access to information. The Centre is headquartered in Ottawa, and has its regional office for Latin America in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Most IDRC-funded research projects in Latin America have a regional scope. IDRC has provided support to numerous scientific teams analyzing economic and health policies, studying medicinal plants, looking for ways to improve relationships between mining companies and communities, inventing new sustainable forestry and agricultural techniques, and conducting experiments involving new ways to disseminate information.
For more information, please visit the IDRC web site.