Since it was established in 1985, ADRA Canada has facilitated programs in over 80 developing nations around the world. In more recent years, ADRA Canada has chosen to conduct larger programs in a few countries rather than smaller programs in many. This helps to keep administrative, monitoring and reporting costs down.
Where we choose to implement programs depends on a number of factors. Often a relationship with a country may have a beginning because of a natural disaster or civil conflict. As ADRA Canada manages an emergency response, it develops a relationship with local ADRA staff, civil and government officials. The capacity and staff of a local ADRA office is often strengthened as a result of the ADRA Network response to the emergency, which makes it easier to implement follow-up programs. Dedicated to the mission of helping people rebuild their communities and lives, ADRA Canada often continues to work in a country, long after the immediate crisis has passed.
Beyond emergency response, ADRA Canada selects the countries in which it works based on three major factors:
- The ability of a local country office to implement a program with expertise, professionalism and accountability.
- Countries where the Canadian government has a focus of interest. Many of the programs that we conduct are possible because of funding that comes from the Canadian government. When they call for proposals they are usually very country specific. If ADRA Canada has confidence in the capacity of the local country office, ADRA Canada will work with them to prepare a proposal to the Canadian government.
- Countries where our funding partners, such as the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, have an interest in working. Again this must coordinate with the ability of the local ADRA country office to manage the proposed program.
Following this strategy, ADRA Canada is able to manage the donations of our partners and supports in the most efficient way possible.