Minister Paradis promotes private sector-led economic growth and civil society engagement in Mexico

Canada leads global efforts to strengthen private sector and civil society involvement to eradicate poverty

April 17, 2014 -  Mexico City, Mexico  -  Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, attended the first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation in Mexico City. The meeting brought together Canada and other donors, developing countries, as well as private sector and civil society organizations in a common effort to maximize the impact of international development investments.

“Canada delivers concrete development results through effective partnerships,” said Minister Paradis. “We are proud to partner with civil society organizations to achieve our common goals, particularly when it comes to saving the lives of women and children. We are also working closely with the private sector to create jobs, mobilize private investment, and unlock innovative solutions to development challenges to ensure we can break the cycle of poverty.”

As a reflection of Canada’s commitment in these areas, Minister Paradis announced Canada’s support for two projects that will leverage private investment to create jobs and establish an environment wherein civil society organizations can play a more effective role in addressing international development priorities:

  • the Civil Society Organization Partnership for Development Effectiveness will help develop the capacity and effectiveness of civil society organizations in more than 50 countries.
  • through the Impact Investment in Frontier Markets project, Canada will help reduce poverty by supporting the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, which play a vital role in creating jobs and generating wealth in developing-country markets.

On the margins of the High-Level meeting, Minister Paradis hosted round tables and meetings aimed at increasing the involvement of Canadian businesses and civil society organizations in international development, particularly in support of key development priorities such as maternal, newborn and child health, child protection, and sustainable economic growth.

Canada has made clear and concrete commitments that have supported positive development outcomes, including in health, food security and sustainable economic growth. We have achieved results by working with our partners in government, the private sector and civil society, to create a truly global partnership for effective development cooperation.

Canada remains committed to doing its part to help the poorest make the transition from poverty to prosperity.

We look forward to the upcoming UN-led discussions on the post-2015 development agenda — an agenda that Canada believes should have poverty eradication at its core, and focus on improving the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people in developing countries, especially women and children.

Quick Facts

  • The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation was established as a follow-up to the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness held in Busan, Korea in 2011 to sustain political dialogue on issues related to the quality and effectiveness of development cooperation.
  • The Busan Partnership agreement has been endorsed so far by Canada and 160 other countries, as well as 46 international organizations and a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Canada has led international efforts to strengthen accountability for results and resources, first at the Canadian-led Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and then as part of the UN Secretary-General's Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health. The UN Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health, co-chaired by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, put country ownership and accountability for results at the centre of development.

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