Project profile — Solidarité Union Coopération (SUCO) - IYIP Internships 2015-2017


SUCO-Solidarité Union Coopération (CA-CRA_ACR-3130650575)
2015-07-28 - 2017-05-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Nicaragua (21.00%)
• Peru (20.00%)
• Honduras (20.00%)
• Senegal (21.00%)
• Mali (9.00%)
• Canada (9.00%)


• Basic Health: Basic nutrition (12240) (8.67%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (12.54%)
• Agricultural education/training:
Agricultural education/training (31181) (5.94%)
Agricultural services (31191) (63.85%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified: Promotion of development awareness (99820) (9.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (significant objective)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) International Youth Internship Program (IYIP), funded by the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES). The IYIP contributes to the YES by providing a large spectrum of Canadian graduates with valuable international development work experience abroad, needed to launch successful careers. Solidarity Union Cooperation’s (SUCO) initiative provides 30 interns with the opportunity to work in four countries: Senegal, Peru, Honduras and Nicaragua. Interns work directly with 18 local partners through market gardening, marketing, education, business management, nutrition, rural entrepreneurship, social marketing, and organizational development activities.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) increased access by Canadian interns (young men and women) to Canadian labour market opportunities, including in the field of international development; and (2) increased engagement of Canadian interns (young men and women) as global citizens in supporting international development in Canada and abroad.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (March 2017) include: (1) 30 interns (25 female and 5 male) were recruited and sent abroad for a six-month placement to support SUCO’s local partners through activities in the areas of agricultural production, marketing, knowledge management, economic development, business management, communications, nutrition, rural entrepreneurship, social marketing and organizational development. The interns all received pre departure training, which focused on such things as international cooperation, health and safety, capacity building, and educating the public; (2) the interns carried out various activities to support SUCO’s local partners, including conducting a market study on cheese in four districts of the Ancash region (Peru), delivering training and workshops to develop the marketing abilities and knowledge of farmers, both men and women, in Santa Eulalia and Pachacamac (Peru), and providing training on food and meal preparation in Nicaragua; (3) all of the local partners stated that they had benefited from the interns’ field of expertise; (4) upon their return to Canada, 30 interns took reintegration training, which covered such things as the shock of returning home and readapting, personal and professional learning, career development, and finding a job; (5) outreach activities were conducted by 28 interns (24 female and 4 male) to encourage Canadians to get involved, including publishing articles, testimonials, success stories and photos on SUCO’s website and social networks; and (6) at the end of their placement, 27 interns (22 female and 5 male) indicated that they were more confident in their ability to find employment after the placement. 22 interns (17 female and 5 male) found a job in their field of studies, including 13 (11 female and 2 male) in international development.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Donor country personnel
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