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Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

UNICEF collaborates with government ministries, non-government organizations, UN agencies and a wide range of donors. UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is one of UNICEF Bangladesh’s top five donors.

Why Bangladesh?

In 2009, Bangladesh was selected as one of 20 “countries of focus” for Canada’s aid programme. Bangladesh was chosen based on its level of need, its ability to use aid dollars wisely and because Canada could make a real difference. Bangladesh has been one of Canada’s largest aid recipients for the past three decades.

CIDA’s priorities in Bangladesh strongly align with UNICEF’s work. CIDA aims to create opportunities for children, equality between men and women, environmental sustainability, good governance and economic growth. CIDA’s programme for Bangladesh is directly aligned with the Government of Bangladesh’s National Strategy for Accelerated Poverty Reduction for 2009-2011.

How CIDA is helping improve education in Bangladesh

CIDA focuses on: improving the quality and delivery of education; increasing access and retention rates in primary school; reducing gaps between girls and boys.

Selected projects:
  • CIDA helps improve the quality of primary education by contributing CAD$64.4 million to the Second Primary Education Development Program (PEDP II).This 11-donor project works in formal primary schools to improve organizational capacity, infrastructure, and the quality of and access to school for 6 to 10-year-olds.
  • CIDA contributes CAD$14 million to UNICEF’s Basic Education for Hard-to-Reach Urban Working Children (BEHTRUWC) project, which is delivered under the Government’s Ministry of Primary and Mass Education. This project provides urban working children aged 10-14 with basic education, life skills and livelihood training. More than 6,600 learning centres have been established, providing basic education for 166,150 children (60 per cent girls).
  • Secondary education is targeted through the Teaching Quality Improvement in Secondary Education project. CIDA’s investment of CAD$26 million helps fund training and professional development courses for teachers in government and private secondary schools.

Through the education programmes CIDA supports, it is expected that: one million poor children not in formal schooling will receive a basic education; about 20,000 youths will receive employment training; about 500,000 children will improve their capacity to learn due to better nutrition through school meals initiatives.

How CIDA is helping improve health in Bangladesh

CIDA focuses on: ensuring that healthcare and medicines are delivered efficiently; improving maternal and child health delivery systems; providing essential drugs and medicines.

Selected projects:
  • CIDA contributes CAD$5.25 million to the Government of Bangladesh’s CAD$4.34 billion multi-donor Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Programme, administered by the World Bank. The pooled fund supports delivery of core health services, including commodities procurement.
  • The Adolescent Reproductive Health project has a CAD$5 million CIDA investment and is implemented by Plan International. It aims to improve the quality and delivery of reproductive health services for adolescents, and to increase their access to these services.  
  • CIDA has been funding the Acid Survivors Foundation since 1999. The project contributes to building the capacity of the organization in its work to identify acid attacks, arrange for treatment and legal action for survivors and help survivors reintegrate into society.

Through the health programmes CIDA supports, it is expected that: 2,000 public health employees will be trained annually to manage systems for procuring medical supplies; each year, 2,500 nurses will be trained to provide maternal and child health care; essential drugs, vaccines, micronutrients, and contraceptives will be distributed efficiently, transparently, and equitably to 5,000 public health facilities in 64 districts.

Other projects

CIDA has been working with UNICEF to assist in the provision of arsenic-safe water to Bangladeshi people through the deployment and monitoring of arsenic removal technologies at wellheads.

CIDA also funds projects relating to: disaster recovery, Chittagong Hill Tracts, governance, poverty reduction, gender equality and environmental sustainability.

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