Government of Canada

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Partners for Development Program

The Partners for Development Program aims to leverage the development expertise and initiative of Canadians by funding the most meritorious proposals put forward by Canadian organizations to deliver development results on the ground and contribute to poverty reduction. This program creates enhanced opportunities for small and large development organizations to undertake focused and results-oriented development programming.

Selection of partners and proposals is based on the following principles:

Sound governance: Organizations must be financially sound and have strong governance structures, including clear strategic development vision, fiscal oversight and management capacity, as well as transparent decision-making.

Support of Canadians: Organizations must demonstrate support of Canadians, expressed and reflected by the proportion of the organization's resources from non-governmental revenue, number of volunteers and members. Canadian institutions such as universities, colleges, and medical institutions that have the expertise and ability to enhance development work using Canadian value-added attributes can contribute to Canada's development efforts.

Relevance to mandate and coherence with Canadian government policy: Proposals for funding support must contribute to Canada's international development mandate of poverty reduction. In addition, they must be consistent with Canadian government policy.

Results: Organizations should have a track record of achieving sustainable results effectively and efficiently. They must also have relevant geographic and thematic expertise. Proposed initiatives must identify relevant and sustainable development results and outcomes, be technically sound, and have appropriate performance measurement and risk management frameworks. The proposal must indicate how it will appropriately integrate equality between women and men, environmental sustainability, and governance considerations and outcomes.

Development effectiveness: Organizations must adhere to the development effectiveness principles for civil society organizations recognized in the Accra Agenda for Action. Elements of development effectiveness include:

  • Coordination of civil society efforts with government plans and programs
  • Greater coordination and collaboration among partners and other actors in the field to improve synergies
  • Continued focus on results, ensuring partners' initiatives are locally owned and respond to their partners' priorities with shared accountability for the achievement of related results
  • Exit strategy that ensures results achieved are sustainable
  • Organizations must provide training, as appropriate, to make sure local organizations have the capacity to lead on the development and delivery of the projects.

The Partners for Development Program includes five categories:

  1. Projects with Canada support of under $2 million
    This is designed to support a wider range of Canadian organizations working in developing countries to achieve concrete results. Canada will contribute between $100,000 and $2,000,000 to projects for a duration of up to five years. Partners must have at least two years of international development experience.
  2. Projects with Canada's support of over $2 million
    Canada will co-invest with partners, with a minimum of three years of significant international development experience in more than one country, in projects that can make a significant contribution to poverty reduction, in accordance with aid effectiveness principles. Large project proponents will have a long-term plan that reflects a programmatic approach. The plan will include a clearly articulated exit and sustainability strategy for activities that take place during the time of the funding agreement. Under this category, Canada will contribute $2 million or more to projects for a duration of up to five years.
  3. Knowledge partners
    Canada values the contributions of knowledge partners. Though they may not deliver aid directly, they do play a vital role in identifying transformative and innovative development practices that can help improve the effectiveness of development and/or undertake evidence-based research and policy development. This category will support large and small-sized knowledge partner activities.
  4. Volunteer cooperation
    Volunteer cooperation agencies support Canada's international development mandate and objectives by using the skills of qualified volunteers to build the capacity of developing country partners and meet local needs in a sustainable manner.
  5. University partners
    The Government of Canada supports the efforts of Canadian universities to reduce poverty in developing countries through its Call for Proposals for Canadian Universities and through the Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program.

The program has also issued two special calls for proposals:

  • Haiti Recovery and Reconstruction
  • Muskoka Initiative Partnership Program