Two regional offices and an innovation-focused program of Canada’s leading development research center are the latest casualties of the donor country’s plans to slash its annual aid budget.
The International Development Research Center has announced it will close offices in Senegal and Singapore, as well as terminate its “Innovation for Inclusive Development” initiative to absorb an 11 percent reduction in its budget, SciDev reports.
The budget cut is part of the spending plan recently unveiled by the Canadian government. Overall, the country’s annual aid budget will be reduced 377.6 million Canadian dollars ($377.7 million) over the next three years. Thirteen countries are rumored to lose funding from Canada as a result of the planned cuts.
To accommodate the announced changes, IDRC will consolidate operations in Asia under its office in New Delhi, India. The office will take over the 12 countries covered by IDRC’s Southeast and East Asia hub in Singapore. Meanwhile, the 24 countries covered by the Senegal office will be put under the hub in Nairobi, Kenya.
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