Canadian International Development Agency

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The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) was an organization that administered foreign aid programs in developing countries, and operated in partnership with other Canadian organizations in the public and private sectors as well as other international organizations.

It was formed in 1968 by the Canadian government under Pierre Trudeau. In March 2013, the Conservative government announced that CIDA would be folded into the Department of Foreign Affairs, and the organizations renamed as the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.[1]

CIDA reported to the Parliament of Canada through the minister for International Cooperation. Its mandate was to "support sustainable development in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and contribute to a more secure, equitable, and prosperous world."[2] CIDA had its headquarters at 200 Promenade du Portage in Gatineau, Quebec.[3]


  1. Social development
    CIDA has supported programs relating directly to the treatment of STDs in developing countries. It also cites basic education and child protection as priorities in the social development of countries that it aids.
  2. Economic well-being
  3. Environmental sustainability
    With a focus upon issues such as climate change, land degradation, and water supply, CIDA sought to help developing nations maintain healthy ecosystems.[4] CIDA was a partner in the Canada Iraq Marshlands Initiative.[5] For example, CIDA was a major donor to the International LUBILOSA Programme: which developed a biological pesticide for locust control, in support of small-holder farmers in the Sahel.
  4. Governance
    CIDA strove for human rights, democracy, and good governance. The agency also supported gender equality.

See also


  1. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. [1].
  2. Canadian International Development Agency. CIDA in Brief
  3. Canadian International Development Agency. Minister of International Cooperation.
  4. Canadian International Development Agency. Environmental Sustainability.
  5. University of Victoria "Reseeding a way of life in Iraq’s marshlands." The Ring (January, 2008).

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