Canadian International Development Agency
Agence canadienne de développement international

Bi-lateral governmental organization providing funding and technical assistance throughout the major regions of the world.
Brief Overview
A government agency established in 1968, CIDA is responsible for 80% of Canada’s aid budget under the International Development Cooperation program of the government of Canada. CIDA works with both private and public sector partners (both for-profits and non-profits are eligible) in over 100 countries. CIDA seeks to provide goods, services, financial contributions, humanitarian aid, and the transfer of knowledge and skills.
Contact Information

200 Promenade du Portage
Hull, Quebec
K1A 0G4
telephone: (+1) 819 997 5006
fax: (+1) 819 953 6088

Stated Goals

1. To support sustainable development in order to reduce poverty and to contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world.
2. To work with developing countries and countries in transition to develop the tools to meet their own needs eventually.

As well as the following objectives named as part of Canada’s foreign policy:
1. The promotion of prosperity and employment
2. The protection of Canadian security within a stable global framework
3. The projection of Canadian values and culture

Regions of Work
Africa and the Middle East, the Americas, Asia, and Central and Eastern Europe
Areas of Work

1. basic human needs, including health care, education, family planning, nutrition, water and sanitation, and shelter (this comprises 25% of the Canadian government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) program
2. women in development
3. infrastructure services, including electricity, roads, telecommunications, and clean water and sanitation
4. human rights and democracy
5. private sector development
6. the environment


1. Bilateral Programs: using goals defined by governmental agreements with developing countries, CIDA administers programs and projects with Canadian partners, such as businesses, institutions, and voluntary organizations. Goods and services or contribution agreements are the primary forms of funding.
2. Multilateral Programs: CIDA contributes to the UN and other international organizations, so that efforts and assistance become greater in scope and influence.
3. Partnership Program: CIDA supports projects of both Canadian and international NGOs , as well as operating the Industrial Cooperation Program (INC) to implement projects devised by Canadian businesses to collaborate with their peers in developing countries. CIDA usually covers 20 to 50 percent of NGO program/project costs and cost-shares with corporations in the INC program.
4. Program of Cooperation with Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union: Skills, technology and knowledge transfer is the focus, and CIDA operates with Canadian organizations, businesses, and universities.

Examples of Upgrading Project
The Sulawesi Rural Development Project (SRCD) was conducted from 1991 through 1998 in partnership with CARE Canada. This was an effort to improve access to safe drinking water and increase knowledge about the management of water resources on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, one of the poorest areas of the country, as well as to increase economic growth, improve health, and enhance the development. SRCD was formulated around notions of the “community management approach,” which ensures community participation from the initial stages of the project and therefore increases sustainability. It was conducted in three phases; 1) preparation, including surveying, motivation, and planning; 2) construction of water and sanitation devices, training, and establishment of credit unions; and 3) monitoring and evaluation of previous efforts and continuation of training. As of January 1998, 450 villages (including over 500,000 people) have been a part of the project, and it was chosen as the model for the World Bank’s largest-ever rural water supply project.
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