The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is Canada's lead agency for development assistance. CIDA's aim is to:
- Manage Canada's support and resources effectively and accountably to achieve meaningful, sustainable results and;
- engage in policy development in Canada and internationally, enabling Canada's effort to realize its development objectives.
The partnership with CIDA was born out of KRC's interventions under the Jamaica Urban Poverty Project (1997 - 2002) when the British Consultant Richard Slater recommended that KRC created a micro enterprise strategy for the residents of depressed communities. Under this partnership with CIDA, the Micro Enterprise Financing Limited was formed in 2002.