Funding for International Development Projects
- How to apply to DFATD for support of a development initiative
- Other sources of funding for your projects
- How to compete for contracts
- Other markets for your goods and services
- Business conduct and non-discrimination
DFATD, like its counterparts in other countries, works with partners based in Canada and around the world to reduce poverty in developing countries. DFATD continues to make Canadian aid more efficient, effective, transparent and accountable.
How to apply to DFATD for support of a development initiative
If you are contemplating submitting a proposal to obtain funding for international development projects, please review the steps to Apply for Funding and use the standardized application form.
If you represent an organization working to reduce poverty in developing countries and are planning a project or initiative whose objectives correspond to Canada's international development priority themes and to its work in a particular region and country, you can:
- Consult current Calls for Proposals for initiatives.
- Calls for Proposals always include a specific application form posted for submissions. Please use the appropriate form when responding to a call, following the included guidelines.
- Please note that some Calls for Proposals are only open to Canadian organizations.
- Submit an unsolicited proposal to implement a project in a country eligible for development assistance from Canada. To be considered, proposals must meet eligibility and other funding criteria as defined in the application form. For example:
- Development must be the main objective
- The proposal must conform with Canada's international development priorities established for a region or country
- No profit can be associated with the agreement
In all circumstances, DFATD will review your application using its published Assessment Criteria. Make sure your application responds fully to all of the criteria and includes all of the elements.
When a natural disaster or a crisis occurs in a developing country, non-governmental organizations with experience in responding to emergency situations may submit a proposal to the International Humanitarian Assistance Program to offer short-term assistance to those affected.
Other sources of funding for your projects
Other Government of Canada departments or agencies manage portions of the international assistance envelope—especially for peace and security.
The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, also administered by DFATD, aims to support small projects put forward and implemented by local organizations in developing countries. If you are based in a developing country and would like to obtain information in this regard, consult the Canadian representatives abroad page for the appropriate Government of Canada diplomatic or consular mission to contact.
Researchers and students pursuing international development research work at a university in Canada or in a developing country may apply for funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
How to compete for contracts
Requests for Proposals are posted on buyandsell.gc.ca, the Government of Canada's electronic tendering service. If your organization or business is interested in competing to become an executing agency or a consultant for a Government of Canada-funded international development initiative, please:
- Review current Requests for Proposals published on buyandsell.gc.ca and submit a proposal if you represent a supplier.
- Consult Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) methods of supply which are also used by DFATD to contract consultants.
Increasing aid effectiveness
In 2008, Canada committed to fully untying the goods and services delivered through Canadian aid programs by 2012-2013. In accordance with this policy, Requests for Proposals are now open to non-Canadian organizations, with the exception of some specific technical assistance projects.The Aboriginal Procurement Strategy is a Government of Canada initiative that promotes Aboriginal business development in Canada. To learn more about this initiative, please consult DFATD's Aboriginal Procurement portal.
Other markets for your goods and services
Canadian suppliers, as well as suppliers from other countries, may submit proposals in response to international requests for proposals launched by several types of organizations, such as:
- The United Nations system, which is made up of a multitude of organizations, commissions, programs, and funds, each seeking different goods and services. Suppliers may register with the United Nations Procurement Division or visit the United Nations Development Business site to learn about current business opportunities.
- Multilateral development banks, which play a major role in the social and economic development programs of developing countries or countries in transition. To assist Canadian firms and individuals in accessing business opportunities in development markets, DFATD has compiled a list of offices of liaison with international financial institutions. Further information on multilateral development banks can be obtained through the World Bank.
- Bilateral donor agencies such as the Department for International Development (DFID). British official development assistance has been fully untied since 2001, allowing suppliers from around the world to bid to secure DFID contracts.
- The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) posts official development assistance contract opportunities on a dedicated bulletin board.
Business conduct and non-discrimination
Canada recognizes that achieving lasting, sustainable development results depends on efficient and effective democratic governance, which is why governance is a cross-cutting theme in all of its international development policies and programs. As a result of these efforts, Canada seeks to build more capable, responsive and accountable governance institutions and processes in its international development work, in a manner that reflects Canadian values of freedom, democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law, and ensures the effectiveness of Canada's international assistance.
To work with DFATD, partners need to take account Canada's democratic governance objectives:
- Accountability and Transparency- Public institutions that ensure that stakeholders have access to information on how decisions are made and resources are allocated
- Participation and Inclusion- Citizen participation and ownership in development processes to sustain social and economic progress, ensuring benefits are shared without any exclusion or discrimination based on age, gender, disability, social status, ethnicity or other social factors or customary practices
- Access to Services – Equal access to effective and responsive public services and productive resources
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