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Country Program Framework
Notes from the field


Berlin Wall in 1989, Canada and other Western nations have supported programs of technical cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) which are helping the region to make the transition from centrally planned economies with communist governments to societies with democratic institutions and market-driven economies.

While Canada's program began as a task force of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, it continued to grow until it was transferred to CIDA in 1995. The special budget for the region is in addition to Canada's official development assistance (ODA) budget.

Canada's assistance to the region began in Poland and Hungary. It now reaches 28 countries.

The pace of transition has varied considerably from country to country. CIDA's program in Central and Eastern Europe is highly flexible, which allows Canada to respond to the wide spectrum of conditions in these countries, while promoting Canadian priorities and interests in the region.

The CEE Program works through partnerships, which transfer knowledge, skills and technology between Canadian organizations and those in the recipient country. Through its programs, Canada helps to provide people with new skills, build and adapt key institutions and develop the policies needed to run a stable market economy and modern democracy. It also provides humanitarian assistance.

The Priorities of the CEE Program:

To assist with the transition to a market economy

To facilitate Canadian trade and investment links with the region

To promote good governance, democracy, political pluralism, the rule of law and adherence to international norms and standards About 10% of Canadians trace their cultural roots to this region of the world. In many CIDA projects, Canadians of Central and Eastern European origin are sharing their knowledge and skills and helping to make a difference.

The projects that CIDA supports in Central and Eastern Europe support changes which can be sustained over time, through partnership, cost-sharing, gender equality and protecting the environment.

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