Canada announces support to small and medium organizations for innovative projects as part of the Feminist International Assistance Policy

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May 2, 2019 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Canadian small and medium organizations (SMOs) will implement high impact, innovative and sustainable development projects to reduce poverty and build a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world.

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, today announced that 21 projects, spanning 18 countries, will be the first to receive funding under a five-year $100-million initiative that will deliver on the objectives of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.

In November 2017 Canada launched a call for preliminary proposals specifically targeting SMOs. This initiative is a direct response to the feedback received from Canadian SMOs and their local partners during the International Assistance Review consultations.

This initiative plays to the unique strength of Canadian SMOs by providing dedicated access to funding that help SMOs develop and implement innovative programming in partnership with local organizations in support of  the six areas of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and advance the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It will also help to foster partnerships that are more effective, engage Canadian civil society and support programs that focus on the empowerment of women and girls, and gender equality.

Canada will further demonstrate its leadership toward advancing gender equality by hosting the Women Deliver Conference- the world’s largest gathering on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of women and girls. 


“By supporting Canada’s small and medium organizations, we are leveraging their strengths and the know-how of civil society to deliver innovative programming in developing countries to help the world’s most vulnerable people, especially women and girls.”

- Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality

Quick facts

  • The call for proposals was open to SMOs reporting consolidated revenue of less than $10 million in Canada and annual overseas expenditures in developing assistance of less than $2 million.

  • The next call for concepts for Canadian SMOs will be launched in May 2019.

  • Canada will host the Women Deliver Conference, June 3-6, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

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