Canada announces $79.21 million in development assistance for Americas


On June 4, 2018, the Government of Canada announced $79.21 million in development assistance for nine projects aimed at empowering women and girls. They include projects to improve women and adolescent girls’ sexual and reproductive health rights, prevent gender-based violence, increase women’s political participation, improve water security for vulnerable populations—especially women—support climate resilience efforts and increase incomes among smallholder farming families, with an emphasis on woman farmers.

We decide: Reducing adolescent pregnancy in Loreto, Peru

Implementing partner: Plan International Canada

Funding: $11.2 million (2018 to 2023)

This project will promote the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of adolescent girls in five districts in Peru’s Amazon rainforest. It will support the delivery both of sexual and reproductive health services and of comprehensive sexuality education for adolescent girls and boys. By empowering girls, the project will help prevent sexual violence and unwanted pregnancies.

Achieving reproductive rights for Bolivian adolescents

Implementing partner: Plan International Canada

Funding: $10 million (2017 to 2022)

This project will improve the delivery and utilization of SRHR services by women and adolescent girls and boys in 12 rural municipalities of Bolivia. It will also support the improvement of local health governance systems to improve the delivery of quality SRHR services.

Empowering adolescents to prevent unwanted pregnancies

Implementing partner: UNICEF with the support of Save the Children

Funding: $9.2 million (2017 to 2022)

This project will improve the quality of adolescent SRHR services to prevent unwanted pregnancies, sexual and gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS in Bolivia. It will enhance decision-making power and gender equality among vulnerable youth and will help adolescent girls and boys to meaningfully exercise their right to sexual and reproductive health.

Together against violence, women of Bolivia: Your rights, your budget

Implementing partner: Oxfam Québec

Funding: $7.3 million (2017 to 2022)

This project aims to prevent violence against women and girls in seven municipalities of Bolivia. By working with six local women’s organizations, it will promote public awareness of women’s fundamental rights and improve women and girls’ ability to exercise their rights and gain greater access to economic and social opportunities in their communities. It will also increase public investments in municipal services for women victims of violence.

Strengthening women’s organizations to support women’s political leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean

Implementing partner: ParlAmericas

Funding: $4.99 million (2018 to 2022)

This project aims to increase the capacity of two regional women’s organizations and their 11 local chapters in 15 countries, all working to improve women’s political participation. It will support these organizations in their work to advance gender equality through the delivery of leadership training for young women and training to support women’s electoral candidacies. It will also provide outreach support to extend the reach of the organizations’ activities in the region.

Inter-American task force on women’s empowerment and leadership

Implementing partner: Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission of Women

Funding: $499,968 (2018 to 2022)

This project will support the newly created Inter-American Task Force on Women’s Empowerment and Leadership, launched during the recent Summit of the Americas in Lima. The Task Force aims to increase women’s political representation and participation in public decision making and strengthen the rights of women and girls. In addition, the Task Force will further enhance the quality and effectiveness of women’s leadership programming by improving coordination among inter-American and UN institutions.

Water management and climate resilience for Andean women and men

Implementing partners: Forest Trends and USAID

Funding: $16.2 million (2017 to 2022)

This project will ensure a stable water supply for the poorest people in the Andes, especially women, through appropriate water management and climate change adaptation measures. This will be done by adopting innovative financing, management and technical solutions, or “green infrastructure,” and by working with Indigenous Andean communities to ensure women’s needs and contributions are at the heart of Peru’s national climate policies and activities.

Cooperation for Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change in the Caribbean Initiative

Implementing partner: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Funding: Up to $325,000 (2018 to 2019)

Managed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and co-financed with the Government of Mexico, this initiative will provide technical assistance to help Caribbean Community member states access climate and environment financing. Canada’s contribution will also help these countries design and manage projects supporting climate resilience in the Caribbean region.

Cacao Agropreneurs

Implementing partner: Société de Coopération pour le Développement International [cooperation society for international development] (SOCODEVI)

Funding: $19.5 million (2018 to 2023)

This project will allow Cacao Agropreneurs in Colombia to increase the cultivation of cacao to provide an alternative to illicit coca production. A partnership between SOCODEVI and co-financed by the private sector, this initiative will test an outcome-based payment model in which Canada pays only when results are achieved, rather than paying for activities in advance. This project is expected to help increase the income of over 5,000 smallholder farming families, especially those led by woman farmers.

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