In July 2010, in conformity with a “new approach to engage Canadians” and organizations involved in international development”, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) announced its new “partnership with Canadians” approach. The “partnerships” between CIDA and international cooperation organizations were therefore to be examined on a case by case and competitive basis, and without any consideration for the long term relationships forged between the Agency and its long term partners. Moreover, CIDA will demand that these partnerships respond to strict and predetermined orientations regarding themes and geographic regions, without taking into account the needs expressed by partners from the South.
For 40 years, Canada has been a leader in international cooperation. Today, it is at risk of loosing this status because it does not value real partnership with international cooperation organizations. This partnership would be based on their expertise and the wealth of relationships built with their partners through numerous years of cooperation.
We want to be part of a full-fledged partnership with the government, based on dialogue and in respect of the organizations’ autonomy. We want it to remain possible for us and our partners to strive to reduce poverty and inequities, for environment sustainability, for the fulfillment of human rights and for a long term development through the world.
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