QUEBEC, July 31, 2018 – The Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Ms. Christine St-Pierre, announced $3,416,834 of funding for Quebec international cooperation organizations that support international solidarity projects in 17 countries within Francophone Africa, Latin America, the West Indies and Asia, as well as here in Québec.
The initiatives supported by this financial assistance will help fulfill needs conveyed by the target population and are part of the global issues to which Quebec is committed, such as human rights, the fight against climate change, food safety, inclusive economic development and gender equality.
Specifically, these new grants will fund:
- 171 young people from Quebec and from partner countries becoming socially engaged and contributing to initiatives in local communities in partner countries, for a total of 1.2 million dollars;
- 14 development projects in intervention sectors such as health, agriculture, governance and civil society or for inclusive economic development, for a total budget of 2.1 million dollars;
- The completion of 5 global citizen education projects, which aim to foster awareness, participation or mobilization within Quebec’s population about sustainable development and international solidarity objectives, totalling $90,000 dollars.
True to the orientations we established in our international policy, Quebec’s approach to solidarity aims to be effective and is based on mobilization and partnerships. By supporting the expertise of our organizations and their local partners, we are concretely contributing to facing the global issues that affect us all. That’s why, for many years now, Quebec has been known as a committed player on the global stage, and we can be really proud of that.
– Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie
- The $3.4M of financial support has been granted within the programme Québec sans frontières (QSF) (French only), the Quebec International Development Program (PQDI) et du Programme d’éducation à la citoyenneté mondiale (PECM); (French only)
- Including the current 3-year projects that were previously accepted, the QSF project will grant funding totalling $2.3M for 2018-2019 to benefit 344 young people throughout Quebec’s regions, as well as young people from partner countries;
- QSF and the PQDI support Quebec international cooperation organizations with rich work experience in developing countries;
- Gender equality is taken into consideration in all of the projects supported;
- International solidarity plays a prominent role in Quebec’s International Policy and is a means of contributing to a more sustainable, just and safe world;
- In 2018-2019, international solidarity investments made by the Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie totalled 6 million dollars.