Québec government awards nearly $4.4M in grants to Québec international cooperation agencies

Québec City, July 14, 2014 – The Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Christine St-Pierre, has announced the renewal of grants totalling nearly $4.4M for carrying out Québec’s international solidarity initiatives. “International solidarity is one of the Québec government’s priorities for action abroad. Tomorrow’s world is in the hands of these young people who dare to be altruistic. I welcome the commitment of young Quebecers to become a driving force for change and action in order to build a more just and prosperous world,” said the minister.

Québec Without Borders (QWB)

More than $1.2M from the QWB program is going to 12 Québec international cooperation organizations. Among other things, the Québec government’s contribution will provide roughly 150 young people aged 18 to 35 with a stimulating international solidarity experience in 11 countries in French-speaking Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. The young people will participate in various initiatives implemented by local organizations, particularly in agriculture, health, the environment, and women’s and children’s rights.

The QWB will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. Since the program’s inception in 1995, some 6,400 young Quebecers and 30 member organizations of the AQOCI (Québec Association of International Cooperation Organizations) have had an opportunity to carry out internships in 30 countries.

Québec International Development Program (PQDI)

Close to $2M from the PQDI will also be allocated to 12 Québec international cooperation organizations for implementing 14 development projects that will be conducted in partnership with communities in the countries concerned in Latin America, French-speaking Africa and the Caribbean. In all, nearly 15,000 people will benefit directly from the projects, in addition to approximately one hundred social and community organizations in 10 developing countries.

Projects in French-speaking Africa are primarily aimed at promoting the socio-economic involvement of women and young people to increase the empowerment of communities with a focus on sustainable development.

To date, the Québec government has supported 589 projects and 76 Québec international cooperation agencies in more than 40 countries through the PQDI.

International Cooperation Education Support Program (PAME-OCI)

For the three-year period from 2014-2017, almost $1.2M from the PAME-OCI is being allotted to 13 international cooperation agencies located in various regions of Québec to support them in achieving their mission of educating the Québec public about international development issues.

Activities as varied as conferences, workshops, training, gatherings and collective creations are made possible through the financial support granted to international cooperation agencies.

“Quebec is fortunate to be able to rely on a strong network of partners, including the Québec Association of International Cooperation Organizations. We must applaud their contribution to Québec’s international solidarity effort and I thank them for it. Young Quebecers are of vital importance to our government and helping them carry out internships abroad is a powerful personal and professional tool that will serve them well throughout their entire lives,” concluded Minister St-Pierre.

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Source :
Florent Tanlet
Press Attachée
Office of the Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie
418 649-2319

Information :
Philippe Hébert
Communications Counsellor
Direction des communications et affaires publiques
Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur
418 649-2400, ext. 56009

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