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
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  • Promoting peace through workshops on identity, leadership, conflict resolution and sexual violence with NGO Corporación Ser Paz (Spanish only)
  • 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 (Spanish only)
  • Training journalists on new legislation that addresses freedom of expression in Ecuador with NGO Foro de Periodistas de Ecuador (FOPE) (Spanish only)
  • Awareness campaign on human trafficking for youth with NGO Fundación Esperanza (Spanish only)
  • Strengthening leadership for rural women of Chimborazo and Tungurahua with NGO Asociación de Mujeres de Juntas Parroquiales Rurales del Ecuador. (Spanish only)
  • Training of refugees and authorities on refugee rights and obligations in Ecuador with the Mancomunidad del Norte del Ecuador (Spanish only)
  • 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.

April 2015