In addition to the two York University projects announced today by Parliamentary Secretary Lois Brown, below are successful projects that have been previously announced as a result of this call for proposals.
Reducing unemployment among persons with disabilities in Bangladesh, India and Nepal
Local partners: Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (Bangladesh), Swadhikhaar Centre for Disabilities Information, Research and Resource Development (India), National Federation of the Disabled (Nepal)
This project will help some 10,000 persons with disabilities find sustainable employment and increase their household income. It will:
-- identify and address the key causes of chronic unemployment, underemployment, and poverty of persons with disabilities in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Hyderabad, India, and Kathmandu, Nepal;-- focus on three sectors that employ a proportionally large number of persons with disabilities-cottage or home-based industries, the hospitality sector and food processing;-- influence small and medium-sized enterprises to hire and promote persons with disabilities; and-- increase the employability of persons with disabilities.
Improving refugee teaching capacities in Dadaab, Kenya
Local partners: Kenyatta University, African Virtual University, Moi University, Windle Trust Kenya
This project will provide better quality education to some 18,000 vulnerable elementary and secondary students in the Dadaab refugee camps as well as in Dadaab, Kenya, itself. It will:
-- train 400 uncertified refugee and local Kenyan teachers through on line, on-site university-based teacher education programs at the primary and secondary level, improving their teaching skills and helping to ensure that their students do better in school; and-- serve as a high-quality model for other developing countries offering asylum to refugees.
University of Prince Edward Island
Rural training centre for aboriginal youth in Chiloe, Chile
Local partner: Williche Council of Chiefs
This project will reduce poverty by establishing a rural training centre-the Wekimum Rural Training Centre-where 200 male and female indigenous people between the ages of 15 and 44, in the poorest communities of Chiloe, will learn skills in how to make a living in rural areas, as well as in resource management and business development. It will:
-- help youth become more employable and self-sufficient;-- help youth contribute to local governance and community development;-- re-establish youth confidence and pride in indigenous identity and traditional knowledge;-- leave behind a training centre with high-quality curricula and programming; and-- help more than 200 youth and their families benefit from seed and livestock banks developed from the fusion of Chilote and Canadian knowledge.
Local economic growth and food security in Cuba
Local partner: University of Oriente
This project will support local economic growth and ensure that people in the four eastern provinces of Cuba-Las Tunas, Granma, Guantanamo, and Santiago de Cuba-will have access to nutritious, safe, and sufficient food. It will:
-- improve the capacity of more than 200 government officials and university representatives to plan, implement, and assess local economic development strategies and initiatives;-- enhance the business skills of small farmers, enterprise owners, and cooperatives, providing support and technical assistance to micro- enterprise agricultural and food production;-- train as many as 100 small farmers, increase the availability of microcredit, and increase the environmental sustainability of food- producing and food-processing micro-enterprises;-- strengthen the capacity of Cuban partners to implement industrial techniques in agricultural and food production that use waste for productive purposes and reduce the need for imported energy and resources; and-- leave behind environmentally sustainable technologies in local food production.