February 4, 2013
Toronto, Ontario—Vulnerable children in Africa and persons with disabilities in South Asia will see their lives improved thanks to a partnership between the Government of Canada and York University. Today, Member of Parliament Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation, the Honourable Julian Fantino, announced Canada's support for two initiatives to help advance education and economic growth prospects in the developing world.
"Through this partnership with York University, Canadians can take pride in knowing that teachers in Kenya will receive better training to help elementary and secondary school students in refugee camps," said MP Brown. "Students at York University will also have the opportunity to participate in an initiative that will increase the employability and livelihoods of persons with disabilities in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal."
The first investment will help York University train 400 Kenyan teachers to enhance the quality of education provided to some 18,000 students, primarily in refugee camps in Dadaab, Kenya. The second investment will support the university's efforts to influence employers to hire and promote persons with disabilities in South Asia, which will help close to 10,000 people in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal find sustainable employment and increase their household incomes.
"CIDA is working with Canadian universities to deliver tangible results for those most in need around the world," added MP Brown. "By tapping into the expertise of York University, Canada will help provide vulnerable children, women, and men with the essentials for sustainable livelihoods over the long term."
"York University is proud of our research leaders in this area," said Mamdouh Shoukri, President and Vice-Chancellor, York University. "CIDA's funding allows our researchers to grow and strengthen their innovative research programs and international collaborations aimed at developing solutions to complex challenges in regions of the Global South."
"Researchers at York University are taking an active leadership role in working together with partners around the world to inform public policy, create new knowledge, and provide insights into complex social and economic challenges facing the international community," said Robert Haché, Vice-President, Research & Innovation, York University.
The two projects will be funded through CIDA's Partners for Development program, for close to $6.2 million.
For more information, please visit CIDA's Partnerships with Canadians Programs page.
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Daniel Bezalel Richardsen
Press Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation
CIDA's 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. Following a 2011 call for proposals, Canadian universities are receiving support from CIDA to implement targeted development projects around the world for up to five years.
These selected Canadian universities will work with institutions and organizations in developing countries to ensure that the results will directly benefit people in need. Their projects will stimulate sustainable economic growth, secure the future of children and youth, increase food security, and improve the health of mothers, newborns and children.
In addition to the two York University projects announced today by Parliamentary Secretary Lois Brown, below are successful projects that have been previously announced as a result of this call for proposals.
Local partners: Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (Bangladesh), Swadhikhaar Centre for Disabilities Information, Research and Resource Development (India), National Federation of the Disabled (Nepal)
This project will help some 10,000 persons with disabilities find sustainable employment and increase their household income. It will:
Local partners: Kenyatta University, African Virtual University, Moi University, Windle Trust Kenya
This project will provide better quality education to some 18,000 vulnerable elementary and secondary students in the Dadaab refugee camps as well as in Dadaab, Kenya, itself. It will:
Local partner: Williche Council of Chiefs
This project will reduce poverty by establishing a rural training centre—the Wekimum Rural Training Centre—where 200 male and female indigenous people between the ages of 15 and 44, in the poorest communities of Chiloé, will learn skills in how to make a living in rural areas, as well as in resource management and business development. It will:
Local partner: University of Oriente
This project will support local economic growth and ensure that people in the four eastern provinces of Cuba—Las Tunas, Granma, Guantanamo, and Santiago de Cuba—will have access to nutritious, safe, and sufficient food. It will:
Local partners: Organization for Women in Self Employment (Ethiopia), University for Development Studies (Ghana), Women for Change (Zambia)
This project will help strengthen the leadership of more than 1,000 women and their organizations in these countries to address lack of access to sufficient, nutritious and safe food and promote sustainable livelihoods. It will improve the quality of adult education in these countries and empower women economically.
In Zambia, economic empowerment training will benefit 800 local groups and 80 area associations.
Local partners: Ministry of Agriculture and Water, Ministry for the Advancement of Women, Ministry of Youth, Vocational Training and Employment
This project will improve access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food in three regions of Burkina Faso. In cooperation with three local partners, as well as local civil society organizations, it will:
Local partner: University of Dodoma
In Tanzania, the majority of children fail math in the national primary school graduation exam and 25 percent do not attain a basic level of numeracy. This project will:
Local partners: St. Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College, Ministry of Health
Ethiopia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. To reduce these rates, this project will:
Local Partners: National University of Kyiv, Institute of Geography of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences
This project will develop and deliver training for Ukrainian public sector institutions in the use of geographic information systems. This will help the government to privatize rural lands and demarcate its national borders. The project will:
Local partners: Green Hope, Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology
This project will give the most vulnerable women and children in the district of Arusha in Northern Tanzania, particularly in households headed by children or grandmothers, access to better maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) services. It will: