AGID’s  FINANCES

 

For the first twenty two years of its existence, AGID received an annual grant of Canadian $100,000 from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) but since 1996, AGID’s only sources of income have been from membership fees, a small annual grant from the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and from occasional grants for specific projects. These latter grants have come from many sources, some of the most generous including CIDA, the UK Department for International Development and UNESCO. AGID is extremely grateful for all the support given to it in the past.

With the ending of the annual grant from CIDA in 1996, AGID found it difficult to sustain many of its core activities and as a result membership declined and membership income fell. Unfortunately in March 2013, the Conservative government in Canada announced that CIDA would be assimilated into the Department of Foreign Affairs, and the organization renamed as the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, later renamed as Global Affairs Canada. Thus, now the only international grant available to AGID is from IUGS. (See section on IUGS below)

Though this situation of financial crunch has continued, the voluntary efforts of AGID supporters and ‘in kind’ contributions in terms of time freely given has allowed AGID to maintain some of its operations including publication of our journal, Geoscience and Development, also the  Geoscience Newsletter, and, until very recently, the book and journal donation scheme. Increasingly nowadays AGID attempts to raise ‘seed’ money to initiate projects organized by AGID members in their own countries and the relevant members then attempt to win local sponsorship in order to carry through the project.

A good example of such an operation was an international conference on ‘Sustainable Development of Natural Resources and the Environment’ successfully organized in Bangladesh in 2003 by AGID members from the region with some initial seed money from AGID. Also in October 2009,GeoDev (Geosciences for Development) Conference was successfully organized in Dhaka.AGID will continue to operate in this mode in the future. It will also provide Technical Sponsorship for conferences/workshops organized by other societies and associations.

Since 1996 AGID no longer has had the funds to maintain some limited paid help to a secretariat within a dedicated office as was previously the case and all such work is now voluntary. Office space throughout the years has been provided, at no charge, successively in Canada, Venezuela, Thailand, Brazil, Indiaand Bangladesh.