The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) is an important component of the Canadian Government’s development assistance envelope. Reflecting the priorities of the Government of Canada in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and taking into account the socioeconomic and political context in the country, the CFLI allows the government of Canada to support Tunisian initiatives which fall under any one of the five thematic areas.
- Inclusive governance, including diversity, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
- Peace and security, with a focus on conflict prevention and building peace.
- Growth that works for everyone, including women’s economic rights, decent jobs and entrepreneurship, investing in the poorest and most vulnerable, and safeguarding economic gains.
- Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
- Human dignity, covering health, education and nutrition.
- Environment and climate action focusing on adaptation and mitigation, as well as on water management.
- The average CFLI contribution is $10,000 to $50,000 Canadian Dollars (in exceptional cases, CAD$100,000 is the maximum allocation amount for a project eligible under CFLI).
- Eligible recipients include:
- Local non-governmental, community and not-for-profit organizations,
- Local academic institutions working on local projects,
- International non-governmental organizations working on local development activities,
- Intergovernmental, multilateral and regional institutions, organizations and agencies working on local development activities,
- Municipal, regional or national government institutions or agencies of the recipient country working on local projects, and
- Canadian non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations that are working on local development activities.
- The majority of CFLI funding is to be directed toward local civil society organizations (including non-governmental organizations) and other institutions working at the local level. Other entities, such as international, intergovernmental, multilateral and regional organizations may be eligible for funding, provided they are working with local partners and on local projects that are consistent with the objectives of the CFLI. Similarly, municipal, regional and national government institutions may receive funding, provided that their projects are essentially local in nature. The CFLI is always looking to fund innovative projects that deliver measurable results.
- Note: Eligible organizations must be properly constituted, have legal status granted by the competent authority and possess a bank account opened in the name of the institution. Those that do not meet these requirements may submit their project through an organization sponsoring the project to fulfil the role of intermediary and to take responsibility for the implementation of the initiative.
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