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Bilateral projects

Working with CUSO in Nigeria

CUSO-VSO sends Canadians and Americans abroad to work on collaborative development projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Home to more than150 million people, Nigera — like much of Africa — is vulnerable to global warming, according to the organization’s website. In 2007, CUSO, now named CUSO-VSO, teamed up with Marbek Resource Consultants in signing a five-year Cdn$4.75 million agreement with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), “ to help develop a national climate-change adaptation strategy for Nigeria.”

“ The project is jointly implemented with the Nigerian Environmental Study/Action Team, based in Ibadan, Nigeria. It will increase the capacity of the Nigerian government and civil society stakeholders to take informed, equitable and gender-sensitive action on climate change, according to CUSO-VSO’s website. “ The focus is on improved livelihood options, sustainable natural-resource use and governance. In collaboration with many Nigerian stakeholders, the project team is researching the climate-change impacts on the country, identifying possible adaptation actions and piloting these actions in some of the country’s most vulnerable communities. The project is also developing a comprehensive national strategy for climate-change adaptation and will work with the government to turn ideas into policy.”

Working with Université du Québec in Bolivia

Université du Québec à Montréal signed a $2.9 million agreement with CIDA in 2007 to establish a community-based project for eco-development and environmental health in Bolivia. The goal of the project is to, “strengthen three universities in the Bolivian Amazonia in training, research and service to communities to better promote eco-development and environmental health in connection with water and sanitation,” according to CIDA’s website. The Université du Québec à Montréal intends to fortify the professional development of academic teams at Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno, Universidad Amazónica de Pando and Universidad Técnica del Beni Mariscal José Ballivián. The project also supports the creation of a training program for leaders in community-based development, according the CIDA’s website.

Working with a Consortium of Three Canadian Partners to Assist Haiti in Adapting to Climate Change

This approximately $1.5 million project aims to reduce vulnerability to food insecurity for local Haitian populations by adapting agricultural practices to climate change. Sub-projects will increase soil productivity and reduce the risks of natural disasters, including flooding and landslides, through watershed development, soil conservation and recuperation against erosion as well as the protection of ravines and riverbanks. “Local populations, elected officials and local government bodies receive training to raise their awareness of climate change,” according to CIDA’s website.

Four partners are involved in the consortium running the project: the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation, an anti-poverty NGO headquartered in Montréal; SocoDevi, a network of co-operatives sharing technical expertise with partners in developing countries; and UPA Développement international, an NGO supporting farmers in developing countries.

Working with SNC-Lavalin and Hydrosult Inc. to Improve Environmental Governance and Sustainable Livelihoods in Indonesia

Working within an approximately $19.7 million budget between 2008 and 2015, SNC-Lavalin — a large Quebec-based engineering and construction firm — and Hydrosult Inc. — a Montréal-based water-resource planner and manager — are co-operating with CIDA on a project to reduce rural poverty in Sulawesi through the sustainable management of the environment and renewable natural resources. “ A watershed-management approach that considers the interactions between land, water, plants, animals and people in a holistic manner is used to improve environmental health, while meeting the many needs of various stakeholders,” according to CIDA’s website.

The project is being implemented jointly by SNC-Lavalin and Hydrosult Inc. and currently operates in two large river basins with individuals and groups at the community level. It aims to achieve co-operation between those at the broader watershed level and various government departments to improve both the quality of environmental and natural-resource governance and the sustainability of resource-based livelihoods. To this end, the project links policy-makers and regulators at different levels of government with the multitude of resource users — many of them small-scale, subsistence and/or marginal — who are key to effective policy implementation.

Essential elements of the project include helping policy-makers, aid agencies and implementation agencies increase their knowledge of the motivations and constraints faced by resource users and engaging them as full partners in the search for solutions.


This piece features an interactive map users can roll over to learn more about development activities and funding that have been recently implemented around the world. Users can also click to view a chart that illustrates bilateral funding provided to the countries of focus selected by the Government of Canada.


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