December 16, 2009
On November 30, KAIROS received notice from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) that our project proposal for 2009-2013 had been declined. We were not given an explanation for this decision, other than that our program did not fit CIDA priorities.Our 2009-2013 proposal was developed within two priority sectors of CIDA: promoting good governance (human rights) and advancing ecological sustainability (reducing the impact of climate change and addressing land degradation). It was approved at every level of CIDA before being declined on November 30. This decision terminates a 35-year history of cooperation between CIDA and KAIROS and its predecessor organizations, and compromises the work of human rights and ecological integrity in the developing world. (For possible impacts on specific partners, please see the background materials below.) This decision also negatively affects the ability of Canadians to develop skills and knowledge in the exercise of their global citizenship. Please contact your MP to discuss this urgent matter. Please, respectfully and politely, – Speak about your own positive involvement with KAIROS; – Express grave concern about this decision; – Ask that CIDA restore its long-standing relationship with KAIROS; – Emphasize the impacts of this decision on global partners and our work in Canada; – Ask them to call on CIDA to reverse this decision.