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Canada announces support for women's empowerment, education, health, nutrition and funding for countries hosting Syrian refugees

Canada recognizes the importance of investing in projects that address systemic barriers facing women and girls around the world. These include increasing access to education, health care and nutritious food, as well as projects that are aligned with Canada’s historic contribution of $2.65 billion to help developing countries tackle climate change. Canada is also committed to assisting Jordan and Lebanon to better absorb the economic and social shocks of the refugee crisis and assure the well-being of vulnerable populations within their borders.

To that end, Canada has announced $75.4 million to support the following six projects.

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Concessional Financing Facility (up to $20 million)

The MENA Concessional Financing Facility (CFF) is an innovative mechanism to mobilize additional financial resources for refugee-hosting countries affected by the crisis in Syria. The CFF will combine grants from donor countries with loans from multilateral development banks to create concessional loan packages for Jordan and Lebanon that will help them to better absorb the economic and social shocks of the refugee crisis and assure the well-being of vulnerable populations within their borders.

CGIAR Institutional Support ($20 million, 2016-2017)

CGIAR will support research and innovation for a food-secure future, including the implementation of CGIAR’s new results-oriented agricultural research strategy, which contributes to a world free of poverty, hunger and environmental degradation, especially for women.

Agriculture for Improved Nutrition and Health ($2.4 million, 2016)

Canada is providing additional support to CGIAR to support innovative approaches that strengthen the contribution of agriculture to the health and nutrition of the poorest and most vulnerable people.

Scaling Up Nutrition Secretariat Project ($2 million, 2016-2020)

This project will be coordinated and facilitated by the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement Secretariat. It will aim to improve nutrition outcomes in 56 developing countries, particularly for women and children under the age of five.

West African Regional Disease Surveillance Project ($20 million, 2016-2020)

In partnership with the World Bank, this project will strengthen the regional disease surveillance and response system within the Economic Community of West African States to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and viruses, such as Ebola.

Afghanistan Women’s Empowerment Program ($11 million, 2016-2020)

Implemented by Aga Khan Foundation Canada, this project aims to improve women’s economic empowerment by increasing the social and economic participation of women in Afghanistan. The project will support woman-owned businesses, provide training to women on market-driven vocational skills and support community-based savings groups for both women and men.

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