For over three decades, Canada has funded development assistance projects in developing countries through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI). The CFLI is a program that supports small-scale, short-term projects proposed and implemented by local NGOs that are legally registered with their respective governments. This program enables Canada to respond to local needs by working at the community level.
Equally important, the CFLI serves to strengthen Canada’s relationships with civil society and local communities and to build networks of contacts in countries around the world.
The Canadian High Commission in Nairobi is responsible for the CFLI in Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan and Somalia. The CFLI program is directly managed by the High Commission. In 2012-2013, the High Commission funded a total of seventeen CFLI projects in the six countries of accreditation, amounting to $671,000.
The projects submitted for funding must relate to one of Canada’s 5 development priorities:
Of these priorities, the Canadian High Commission in Nairobi puts a special emphasis on advancing democracy and ensuring security and stability, which include support to free, fair and peaceful elections; conflict prevention and resolution; broad support for human rights; interfaith collaboration and understanding, and; promotion of and respect for the rights for women and girls.
While the 2013-2014 Appeal for Projects has not yet been released, we encourage organizations interested to check this page over the next few weeks. We will provide updates as soon as available.
The staff at the Canadian High Commission look forward to working with you to implement initiatives you may have to contribute to your community’s development.