Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada (formerly Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada) has a number of priorities, including to promote democracy and respect for human rights, contribute to effective global governance, reduce global poverty, and provide humanitarian assistance.

Global Affairs Canada looks to:

  • Increase food security
  • Secure the future of children and youth
  • Promote sustainable economic growth
  • Support maternal, newborn, and child health
  • Support environmental sustainability
  • Promote gender equality
  • Support governance

Increasing food security is one of Canada’s three priority themes in international development. It is doing this through sustainable agriculture development, food assistance and nutrition, and research and development. Funding for food assistance is distributed through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and the United Nations’ World Food Programme.

When Rainbow for the Future was established, the federal government department handling international development was the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Read more about Global Affairs Funding for International Development Projects.

In 2010, Rainbow for the Future applied for project funding from CIDA for the Didimtu Development Project. This was a very ambitious project that included constructing, furnishing, and providing teaching material for an elementary school and providing a building for Kindergarten classes, teachers’ residences, a water supply system, a grinding mill and grain store, and a community meeting hall. The project was completed and reports were accepted by CIDA.

The name of the government funding agency was changed in 2013 to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. Applications could only be submitted for specific calls for proposals.

Currently, the international funding agency is named Global Affairs Canada.

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