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CIDA in Focus - March 2012

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On March 8, people around the world celebrated International Women's Day 2012. This year's theme is "Empower Rural Women - End Hunger and Poverty," recognizing the significant contributions rural women make to their communities.


CIDA in Focus

Face2Face CIDA's newest exhibit

CIDA's Face2Face display featuring the stories of Tatu Juma and Vu Thi Ha continues its successful run across the country.

Face2Face is currently on display in the Harry Hays Building, 220 - 4th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, until the end of March.

If you have seen the exhibit, tweet about it using #face2faceCIDA.

Partner Initiatives

Provincial and regional councils for international cooperation held a variety of events during IDW:


African Development Bank's (AfDB)

The African Development Bank is conducting a business opportunity seminar sponsored by the Government of Alberta (Alberta Intergovernmental, International and Aboriginal Relations) on Tuesday, March 26, 2012, in the Azure Room, McDougall Centre (455 - 6th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta).

Contact Shane Jaffer (Province of Alberta) for more details or to learn how to register for this event.

Partner Stories

Did You Know?

Today, one third of the world's population is infected with the tuberculosis (TB) bacillus.

Canada's contributions to the fight against TB have resulted in the successful treatment of millions of people and have saved more than half a million lives.

Latest News

International Women's Day

Minister Beverley J. Oda

In my travels to developing countries, I personally witnessed how invaluable rural women are to their communities. Women not only grow the crops, they also generate income for the family, care for the children, and perform the majority of domestic chores.

It often does not take much to make a difference in a single woman's life, but the effects are long lasting. Improved access to education, credit, and basic health services can improve her life, but also the lives of her family and the entire community.

Read Minister Oda's full statement for International Women's Day.

Minister Oda and Canadian business leaders work together to reduce global poverty

The Honourable Ed Fast and the Honourable Beverley J. Oda © ACDI-CIDA/CP Images/Stephanie Lake
The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade & Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway listens as Minister Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation speaks at the round table event, Canada & the Private Sector, Reducing Poverty Together at the MaRS Centre in Toronto on Monday March 5, 2012

Minister Oda held a roundtable with private sector leaders and development partners focusing on how the Canadian private sector's engagement in international development can help make Canada's international assistance more effective.

The discussions focused on the private sector's ability to increase the effectiveness, efficiency, and timeliness of CIDA's development activities in developing countries. Participants discussed examples of successful, current private sector engagement initiatives between industry and non-governmental organizations and identified new, innovative opportunities to engage and help CIDA and development partners to work together.



Stories from the Field

GREAT Women in the Philippines

© ACDI-CIDA/Genevieve Asselin

"CIDA first made us specialists in gender equality and empowerment," says Emmeline Verzosa, Executive Director of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW). "Now, with the Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) project, we are focusing on women's economic empowerment."

The GREAT Women project, which began in 2006 as an extension of the original partnership between CIDA and PCW, is helping women start businesses and obtain better-paying jobs.

Get the full story or the video interview with Emmeline Verzosa.

A full list of CIDA projects in the Philippines can be found in CIDA's Project Browser and on CIDA's Open Data site.


Empowered to control one's destiny

Portrait of a woman from Khaldia, Jordan © Courtesy of Lina Ejeilat

What can one empowered woman in a rural community accomplish if she's motivated enough? Well, just ask Majida, whose two daughters wanted to enter the science stream at their local school in the small town of Khaldia, in Jordan's northern Mafraq governorate.

Get Majida's story.


Important Dates

International Day of the Francophonie
March 20, 2012

La Francophonie currently includes 56 member states and governments, as well as 19 observers. Fifty-one of these members are CIDA developing country partners eligible for official development assistance from Canada and 24 are least-developed countries.

More about CIDA and the Francophonie.


World Water Day
March 22, 2012

Access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation is fundamental to human health and sustainable development. Without reliable sources of water, people struggle to survive and grow the food they need to feed their families.

Find an event in your area.


World TB Day
March 24, 2012

March 24, 1882, marks the day when Dr. Robert Koch discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus.

More information about tuberculosis from the World Health Organization.