Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI)

The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives - Canada Fund - is an important component of Canada’s international development assistance agenda. Canadian Embassies around the world are responsible for managing these funds within their regions.

In 2013-14 the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives in Guatemala and Belize supported a total of 3 projects for Guatemala and 1 for Belize worth $72,830.00. The projects were selected according to the stated priorities of the program for 2013-14 and Canada’s five thematic priorities for international assistance: stimulating sustainable economic growth, increasing food security, creating opportunities for children and youth, advancing democracy and ensuring security and stability.

The priority areas of interest in 2013-14 were:

  • Protection of women and children victims of sexual violence
  • Inclusion of the gender perspective in Security and Justice
  • Expanding Justice Services to remote rural communities

The priority groups for 2013-14 were:

  • Women
  • Children and youth
  • Rural Communities

CFLI Projects in Guatemala in 2013-14

Girls receiving courses 

 Women and girls at shelter

Project: Protection and shelter for girls and teenagers victims of sexual violence, human traffic at social risk in Guatemala.

Recipient Organization: Asociación La Alianza (ALA)


Policemen at one of the courses 

Training material developed

Project: Inclusion of the gender perspective in Security and Justice Public Policy with specific attention to Police Public Service within the context of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.

Recipient Organization: Instituto de Enseñanza para el desarrollo Sostenible (IEPADES)


Ambassador Savage in closing ceremony

Judges trained

Project: Expanding Justice Services to rural remote communities in Guatemala

Beneficiary Organization: Justice Education Society of BC (JES)

CFLI Projects in Belize in 2013-14

CFLI Coordinator with NWC Rep.

Project: Expanding Democratic Participation by Women in Belize

Beneficiary Organization: National Women’s Commission (NWC)