The March 21 Canadian budget formed a new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development by combining international development and humanitarian aid functions with foreign affairs and international trade.
A government release indicates that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) role in the new department will advance the government’s desire to have international aid “advance Canada’s long term prosperity and security.”
“CIDA has been a valuable partner of CLWR,” said Robert Granke, CLWR’s executive director. “We have made a difference together around the world for almost 50 years. As an example, since 1999, the value of our CIDA-approved programs has been $34 million.
“CLWR will study and monitor the situation closely to determine how these changes might affect our programming into the future.”
The government has neither confirmed nor denied reports that there may be a change in their 20 countries of focus to reflect security concerns and international trade and economic development priorities.
For more information contact:
Tom Brook, Community Relations Director
Canadian Lutheran World Relief carries out international relief, development, and refugee resettlement on behalf of Lutherans in Canada. Our vision is a world where people live in justice, peace and dignity, united in diversity, and empowered to achieve their universal rights to basic needs and quality of life. www.clwr.org