International Development

The international development program of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development leads 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.

Canada's international development program in the Philippines is aligned with the 2011-2016 Philippine Development Plan. The goal of Canada's international development program in the Philippines is to support sustainable economic growth by improving the climate for investment and protecting the economic interests of the poor.

Canada supports efforts to help the Philippines strengthen the investment climate by working with national and local governments to:

  • Simplify business regulations and processes
  • Improve sector-specific value chains, that is the full range of activities to bring a product from an idea to production, to delivery, to consumers, to disposal after use
  • Help selected local government agencies implement their economic development plans

In order to protect the economic interests of the poor, Canada is working to increase the capacity of government and non-government organizations to deliver programs and services that help poor women and men entrepreneurs:

  • Develop business skills
  • Increase productivity
  • Improve access to financing and markets