The mandate of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada includes:
- Managing Canada's support and resources effectively and accountably to achieve meaningful, sustainable results.
- Engaging in policy development in Canada and internationally, enabling Canada's effort to realize its development objectives.
DFATD's international development mission is to lead Canada's international effort to help people living in poverty. Canada's aid effectiveness agenda guides how Canada's aid is more efficient, focused and accountable. Three priority themes are part of that agenda and guide Canada's international development work:
- Increasing food security
- Securing the future of children and youth
- Stimulating sustainable economic growth
Canada achieves development results through its different programs and projects around the world by working:
- with multilateral and global partners such as the World Food Programme and the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM)
- through partnerships with Canadians
- directly in developing countries through geographic programs that are in line with the country's poverty reduction plan and priorities.
Canada responds to a variety of critical humanitarian needs around the world, working in coordination with other government departments and key humanitarian partners.
Development Cooperation in Ecuador
While Canada does not have a bilateral assistance program in Ecuador, Canada contributes through multilateral programs. The Embassy also assists through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI). Priorities for 2014-15 were projects that promote human rights and fundamental freedoms and support expanded democratic participation. During this year, the Embassy funded the following projects:
- Training lawyers in human rights defense within the new Ecuadorian penal system with NGO Centro sobre Derecho y Sociedad
- Promoting peace through workshops on identity, leadership, conflict resolution and sexual violence with NGO Corporación Ser Paz
- Promotion and protection of human rights and non-discrimination of Afro-Ecuadorians in Guayaquil with NGO Comité Permanente por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos
- Training journalists on new legislation that addresses freedom of expression in Ecuador with NGO Foro de Periodistas de Ecuador (FOPE)
- Awareness campaign on human trafficking for youth with NGO Fundación Esperanza
- Strengthening leadership for rural women of Chimborazo and Tungurahua with NGO Asociación de Mujeres de Juntas Parroquiales Rurales del Ecuador.
- Training of refugees and authorities on refugee rights and obligations in Ecuador with the Mancomunidad del Norte del Ecuador
- Training of indigenous leaders on territorial governance in the province of Chimborazo with the Confederación del Movimiento Indígena del Ecuador (COMICH)
Other projects in recent years include:
The first projects approved in 2014 were presented in a public event on November 4th 2014, in the presence of our Ambassador. See our “Highlights” section.
Canada shares with Ecuador the concern of regional security and both countries have cooperated with multilateral organizations to stop drug trafficking and prevent organized crime.
In democracy, we have a strong commitment within the Organization of American States (OAS) to strengthen the Inter-American Human Rights Commission. In addition to CFLI projects that support Ecuadorian democracy, we support initiatives that promote democratic values. For instance, in October 2014, the Embassy supported the efforts of the Observatorio Legislativo to create the Ecuadorian chapter of GOPAC, an initiative that gathers parliamentarians who wish to promote and pass legislation to fight corruption. Also in October 2014, the Embassy funded the Seminar “Perspectives of Analysis of the Quality of Democracy”, in collaboration with FLACSO Ecuador, a scientific comparative study of the quality of democracy in Latin America.
Canada can also provide emergency relief if necessary. In June 2013, for instance, Canada announced humanitarian assistance to the Southern provinces of Ecuador to relieve the effects of a terrible drought. This type of assistance was performed with the Ecuadorian Red Cross, and its objective was to donate food and improve access to clean water.
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