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Ottawa, Oct 20 (Canadian-Media): Karina Gould, Federal Minister of International Development, pledged Oct 20 during a virtual ministerial round table on the humanitarian deteriorating security situation in the Central Sahel to increase Canada’s international assistance in the region, including plans to establish bilateral development assistance programs with Chad and Niger.
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4 new projects in Burkina Faso were also announced by Karima to address critical gaps in sexual and reproductive health and rights, food security and agricultural resilience to climate change in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We must respond to the crisis caused by COVID-19. We remain engaged, alongside development partners, to address the needs of vulnerable populations and strengthen protections for people in the Sahel, including women and girls,” said Karina.
Canada had announced in June 2020 that it would join the International Coalition for the Sahel to help advance the group’s priorities for peace and security, economic and social development, inclusive government, gender equality and climate change.
The International Coalition for the Sahel is a group that aims to facilitate coordination and interaction between the various dimensions of international action to support the G5 Sahel countries.
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Canada has provided $20.6 million to date in 2020 for humanitarian assistance in the Central Sahel region as well as development assistance to the G5 Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) totalling $281.1 million in 2018 to 2019.