The government expands innovative partnerships and congratulates CESO and the Micronutrient Initiative for their new partnership

Parliamentary Secretary Lois Brown highlights the project during International Development Week

February 7, 2014 – MONTREAL – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Invited to speak at Partnerships for Development, an event organized for International Development Week (IDW) at McGill University, Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, Christian Paradis, congratulated the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO) and the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) for their recent signing of a promising partnership agreement.

"Canadian partnerships in international development have a real impact on the world," stated PS Brown. "Canada is a leader in the area of innovation, and projects like this one demonstrate concretely that when new trails are blazed, lives can be saved. Through teamwork, more can be accomplished—better results, better innovation."

MP Brown invited the organizations to draw inspiration from this agreement and emphasized the importance of innovating and expanding partnerships to maximize results in developing countries. She also highlighted the leadership and generosity of thousands of Canadians who are making a real difference by reducing poverty in the world, and thanked the partner organizations—such as CESO and MI—who answered the call and organized a range of information and awareness-raising activities across the country for IDW.

"We should all be proud of the work Canada and Canadians are doing to reduce poverty in developing countries," added PS Brown. "It is important to get Canadians talking about how Canada makes a difference through positive results that have an impact abroad and at home. It is important to convey this message, which reminds us of the values we hold dear."

The partnership was set up following a successful pilot project during which CESO volunteers took part in salt iodization projects carried out by MI in Senegal. It shows how organizations—and Canadians—can achieve better results by collaborating. CESO and MI can now count on their respective expertise to contribute further to making the world a better place.

Quick facts

  • IDW, now in its 24th year, is an annual public engagement initiative carried out by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) (previously the Canadian International Development Agency). The purpose of IDW is to raise Canadians’ awareness about Canada’s contribution to international development. This year’s theme is "We are Making a Difference".
  • CESO is a not-for-profit organization that manages the participation of Canadian volunteers in projects aimed at reducing poverty in developing countries. CESO is funded by DFATD through the Volunteer Cooperation Program.
  • The Micronutrient Initiative (MI) works so that the most vulnerable people in the world living in developing countries—especially women and children—receive the vitamins and minerals they need to survive and prosper.

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Margaux Stastny
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie

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