It may surprise international organizations to learn that the Canadian International Development Agency (“CIDA”) does not limit its funding to Canadian organizations. International organizations engaged in development work worldwide may be eligible for CIDA funding for their work abroad. CIDA’s stated mission is to lead Canada’s international effort to help people living in poverty. Its mandate is to manage Canada's support and resources effectively and accountably to achieve meaningful, sustainable results and engage in policy development in Canada and internationally, enabling Canada's effort to realize its development objectives. As such, it should come as no surprise that it is willing to work with international partners to achieve this goal. CIDA states that any organization, company, or individual with the required expertise and experience to either supply projects administered by CIDA or its partners, or to receive funding for their own projects, is eligible to work with CIDA. CIDA provides funding for international development programs and projects through contributions to Canadian and international institutions of many kinds. It also enters into contracts with Canadian companies for the implementation of their programs and projects.

Organizations interesting in applying for CIDA funding should visit CIDA’s website at Miller Thomson’s Charities and Not-for-Profit lawyers can advise on all aspects of international charitable activities, including CIDA-funded projects.