Canada’s development relationship with Chile has evolved from one of donor and recipient to one of development cooperation partners. Although Canada no longer has an active bilateral development program in Chile, the relationship continues to benefit from modest but targeted assistance, most notably through Canada’s Partnerships for Development Innovation program. The program currently funds the Wekimum Rural Training Centre Project (2012 - 2018) located in Chiloé, south of Chile, offering young indigenous williches the opportunity to continue their education and develop their skills in a program that respects and integrates their traditional culture. The Project Browser contains profiles of international development projects funded by the Government of Canada.
Chile pursues trilateral cooperation initiatives with a number of traditional and emerging donors, including Canada. Both Canada and Chile are committed to reinforcing security in Central America and developed a trilateral cooperation initiative to support police reform in Guatemala en El Salvador.
The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) is designed to support small projects proposed and implemented by local organizations in Chile. In providing funding for initiatives that offer direct social, economic or technical assistance to local populations, the CFLI contributes to the overall goal of reducing poverty. The 2015-2016 Canada Fund for Local Initiatives supported 6 projects in Chile and in 2016-2017, thirteen projects.
Through the Inter-American Regional Program, the Multilateral and Global Programs, and the Partnerships with Canadians Program, GAC supports many development projects involving Chile.
As part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in the developing world. Bringing together the right partners around opportunities for impact, IDRC builds leaders for today and tomorrow and helps drive change for those who need it most. The International Development Research Centre Act describes the Centre’s mandate: “to initiate, encourage, support, and conduct research into the problems of the developing regions of the world and into the means for applying and adapting scientific, technical, and other knowledge to the economic and social advancement of those regions.”
IDRC undertakes programming in Chile both through its headquarters in Ottawa and its regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Since the 1970s, when support from IDRC enabled many researchers to stay and work in the country despite the suppression of the social sciences, the Centre has invested in more than 300 projects with impacts in Chile. In recent years, such support has helped disadvantaged people obtain banking services, businesses and universities expand economic opportunities through innovation, indigenous farmers cope with climate change, citizens benefit from the potential of open data, vulnerable populations access water, institutions offer avenues to resolve social conflict, governments and the private sector encourage healthy diets, and more.
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