Canada World Youth Concerned About The Amalgamation of CIDA and DFAIT

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Canada World Youth Concerned About The Amalgamation of CIDA and DFAIT

By: Canada World Youth | Press Release:

Canada World Youth PhotoMONTREAL – Minister Flaherty announced, on March 21st, the amalgamation of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).

Canada World Youth has enjoyed a strong working relationship with CIDA over the past 40 years and looks forward to build upon this partnership with the new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development to be able to effectively work towards its mission of increasing the ability of people, especially youth, to participate actively in the development of just, harmonious, and sustainable societies.

We will continue to promote our expertise and the impact of our development work to Ministers Baird and Fantino and we welcome this opportunity for future collaboration.

Canada World Youth is concerned however with the $319M cut to CIDA’s budget that was announced as part of the federal government’s Economic Action Plan 2013, as well as with the further delay that the amalgamation will engender on the competitive call for proposals which was due to be issued by CIDA in Winter 2013. These measures will have a serious impact on the work of Canada’s non-governmental organizations who contribute to the development of communities in Canada and overseas.

In the immediate term, Canada World Youth pursues its commitment to actively engage youth in community-driven development initiatives in both Canada and our international partner countries. Our programs offer youth unique opportunities to gain the leadership and professional skills needed to contribute to strong civil societies and economic prosperity. With that, Canada World Youth welcomes Minister Flaherty’s investment in skills training for Canadian youth.
About Canada World Youth

Canada World Youth offers world-renowned international volunteer programs to youth from Canada and abroad who, through their participation in community-driven development projects, acquire leadership skills that allow them to become agents of change. Since 1971, more than 35,000 youth have become better informed and active global citizens through Canada World Youth programs.

Canada World Youth is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as a charitable organization (#118973999RR0001).

Photo: Canada World Youth

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7 comments on “Canada World Youth Concerned About The Amalgamation of CIDA and DFAIT
  1. D.Toycen, President/CEO World Vision Canada:

    "We are extremely concerned that this new direction for CIDA means that.
    development assistance will be used to advance Canada’s prosperity and security,
    rather than focusing solely on the needs and aspirations of the poor. It speaks
    of linkages between Canada’s development and trade objectives growing at an.
    equal pace, rather than valuing development objectives and.
    the needs of the poor in their own right. There are so many voices in the world.
    today speaking out for the needs of business and the powerful and we’re.
    concerned that those few voices that prioritize the poor risk being lost….Our.
    hope is this is an indication that as CIDA moves forward in this new structure,
    aid for the most vulnerable will be maintained."

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