Canada pledges US$98 million for francophone low-income countries

On November 20, 2022, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participated in the 18th Sommet de la Francophonie, where he announced new funding initiatives totaling approximately CA$132 million (US$98 million), for French-speaking low-income countries. 

To promote sustainable development and democracy in French-speaking low-income countries, Canada announced:

  • CA$65 million (US$48 million) to support sustainable development projects in the Sahel (particularly Mali and Burkina Faso) with a focus on supporting vulnerable populations, the empowerment of women and girls, good governance and democratic resilience, and socio-economic development; and
  • CA$50 million (US$37 million) to support the ACTION project, which aims to improve economic, food, and nutritional security for Mali’s poor rural populations, especially women and youth.

On the margins of the Summit, the Prime Minister also hosted a meeting on the unstable situation in Haiti. The Prime Minister announced additional funding, including: 

  • CA$8 million (US$6 million) to meet the needs of crisis-affected Haitians, including those impacted by displacement, recent violence, chronic food insecurity, and the cholera epidemic;
  • CA$5 million (US$4 million) to strengthen Haitian authorities’ capacity to prosecute cases of corruption and economic crime, money laundering, and other offenses; and
  • CA$4 million (US$3 million) to improve access to legal aid support for victims of gender-based violence, while strengthening access to justice and combating corruption.

Press release - Prime Minister of Canada