IYIP / IAYI / Volunteer Coop

On May 14th, 2014, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) issued 3 calls for proposals: 2 for International Youth Internships (IYIP and IAYI) and one for Volunteer Cooperation Program.

News Release: http://www.international.gc.ca/media/dev/newscommuniques/2014/05/14a.aspx?lang=eng

Backgrounder: Calls for Proposals for International Youth Internships and Volunteer Cooperation Program http://news.gc.ca/web/articleen.do?mthd=index&crtr.page=1&nid=848009&_ga=1.149872758.1184403459.1400120193

IYIP and IAYI

Both international youth internship programs offer young Canadians the opportunity to acquire skills for future employment as well as to gain international development experience. The calls for proposals are open to Canadian organizations and private companies with at least two years of experience in working in the area of international development. The calls for proposals will fund initiatives of as much as two years in length that address the needs of local partner organizations and contribute to the advancement of Canada’s international development objectives. IYIP is open to Canadian post-secondary graduates between the ages of 19 and 30 (between 5 and 20 interns per organization per year). The IAYI is an Aboriginal-specific program available to youth between the ages of 18 and 35 (between 5 and 10 interns per organization per year). Both calls for proposals are open to Canadian organizations and private companies incorporated in Canada with a minimum of two years of experience working in international development. To be eligible, Canadian organizations responding to the calls for proposals must partner with a local developing-country organization. Canadian organizations that do not meet the eligibility requirements may form a consortium with other organizations meeting all required eligibility criteria.

For the IAYI call for proposals, stronger consideration will be given to proposals submitted by an Aboriginal organization. The deadline to submit proposals to both these programs is July 9, 2014.

Volunteer Cooperation Program

The Volunteer Cooperation Program aims to improve the economic and social well-being of poor and marginalized communities in selected countries. It has two main objectives: 1) to increase the capacity of developing-country partners to deliver sustainable development results in response to local needs, by making use of the skills and expertise of qualified Canadian volunteers, and 2) to enhance the participation of Canadians in Canada’s sustainable development efforts. The Volunteer Cooperation Program call for proposals is open to Canadian organizations whose primary mandate is volunteersending. These organizations must use volunteers as their main mechanism for delivering development results abroad. Organizations must also be legally incorporated in Canada with a minimum of 3 years of experience in volunteer sending in developing countries. The deadline to submit proposals to both these programs is July 16, 2014.

March 28, 2014

The Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, the Honourable Christian Paradis, has announced the intention to launch two calls for proposals: one for the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP), and one for the International Aboriginal Youth Internships (IAYI) initiative.

It has now been over two years since the last call for proposals for the International Youth Internship Program was issued, and three years for the International Aboriginal Youth Internships (IAYI) initiative.

Both programs provide Canadian youth with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through international internships while making a difference in developing countries. Part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES), the IYIP is open to Canadian post-secondary graduates between the ages of 19 and 30. The IAYI is an Aboriginal-specific program available to youth between the ages of 18 and 35 that aims to increase the awareness and understanding by Aboriginal youth of international development issues while enhancing their skills for employment.

Following information received last July from a non-official but credible source at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) that the government was considering discontinuing the International Youth Internships Program (around since 1997), and the International Aboriginal Youth Internship Initiative (piloted in 2011-12), a group of organizations, including ACIC, came together to strategize on how to save these programs.

I have no doubt that the many concerted efforts of former and current interns, organizations and other supporters to outline the many benefits and effectiveness of these programs have influenced this positive result. I would like to recognize and thank all those involved who wrote letters, spoke to MPs, circulated petitions, provided testimonials and generally championed the continuation of these valuable opportunities for enhancing career opportunities, while building the capacity of local partners in the South.

It is our hope is that this announcement signals a renewed focus on the part of DFATD to ensure some predictability for all future calls for proposals to support programming in the international cooperation sector.

Warm regards, Carolyn

Carolyn Whiteway, Acting Executive Director
Atlantic Council for International Cooperation | Conseil atlantique pour la coopération internationale
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"Why Isn't Canada a Leader in International Development?"

Check out this article by Hélène Laverdière in The Huffington Post on Canada's leadership in regards to international development.

"While the Minister prioritizes extractive partnerships, we are still waiting to know the fate of the International Youth Internship Program and the International Aboriginal Youth Internship Program, which have been in limbo for over a year. As I've noted before, (former) CIDA's Public Engagement Funds program has not offered any new funding since 2012. And Canada's NGO sector is suffering from major cuts in government funding, with many offices closing, employees forced to move on, and knowledge lost."