The role of NGOs in promoting Sustainable development in Sub Saharan Africa
Canada’s International development Research Centre ( IDRC) as an example. The united nations world commission on environment and development in its 1987 report defines sustainable development as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generation to meet their own needs. (1) Also under the united nations charter the millennium declaration principles defined sustainable development as a system approach to growth and development and to manage natural, produced and social capital for the welfare of their own and future generation. (2)
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In Sub Saharan Africa The International development research Centre has regional office located in the Capital of Kenya Nairobi. And the team from this international organization works with researchers and research institutions to assist in identifying local solutions to local development issues.
The program of IDRC concentrates in three areas, including agriculture and the environment; social and economic policy; and science and innovation. (8)
In the area of agriculture and environment IDRC”s programs focus on the importance of increasing the productivity of agriculture as well as food and water security and as the same time ensure that environmental sustainability is achieved.
The population of Africa is expected to increase which will increase the demand for food , there fore
IDRC support the research that helps to meet this growing demand by helping farmers in developing world to increase the production of healthy food.
Climate change affect both the availability and quality of water and the role of IDRC is to help …show more content…
IDRC with cooperation with Canadian International development agency, helps to achieve the Millennium development goals.
The Millennium Development Goals are eight Goals including the followings:
Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; Achieve primary education; Promote gender equality and empower women; Reduce child mortality; Improve Maternal health; combat HIV/AIDs, malaria and other diseases; Ensure environmental sustainability; develop global partnership for development. (10)
For achieving MDG 1 for example, in 2008- 2009 Canada through CIDA provided support to 60 microfinance initiatives in more than 23 countries allowing women and men to create small businesses.(11) , Also during this period to eradicate extreme poverty and building infrastructure Canadian assistance includes $590 million for infrastructure and services, $247 million for sustainable agriculture forestry and fishing, $ 40 million for industry, and $34 million for trade.