The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) is an important component of Canada’s international development assistance agenda. It was created by the Canadian government to support the implementation of projects designed by local civil society organizations.

Thanks to the CFLI, Canada has funded development assistance in over 120 countries. This is an unique initiative within the array of Canada’s international assistance programs as most of the decisions are made at missions and the projects are conceived and designed locally, making the CFLI highly responsive to local needs and interest.

Over the years, the CFLI has not only provided significant assistance to people in the developing world, but also helped to forge Canada’s relationships with those countries, their civil societies and their institutions.  Since 2007, over C$ 600,000 have been invested in over 50 projects in the Dominican Republic.