CIDA has supported programs relating directly to the treatment of STDs in developing countries. It also cites basic education and child protection as priorities in the social development of countries that it aids.
With a focus upon issues such as climate change, land degradation, and water supply, CIDA seeks to help developing nations maintain healthy ecosystems. CIDA is a partner in the Canada Iraq Marshlands Initiative. For example, CIDA was a major donor to the International LUBILOSA Programme: which developed a biological pesticide for locust control, in support of small-holder farmers in the Sahel.
CIDA strives for human rights, democracy, and good governance. The agency also supports gender equality.
The Canadian International Development Agency is currently led by the Minister for International Cooperation; the Hon. Julian Fantino, PC, MP.