Peace, Rights and Democracy

Cyber Security in the Maghreb and Machrek region

In many countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) as elsewhere in the world, monitoring email and internet activity, content filtering, cyber attacks against certain websites and internet service interruption are all techniques used to limit freedom of expression, manipulate information and suppress dissent.

Contact Person & Details: 
Feroz Mehdi

Human Rights and Mining in Central America

For the last fifteen years, an increase in international demand for natural resources coupled with the recovery of mineral prices on the international market boosted the mining sector’s development. But the cost of this rush towards precious metals is considerable, especially for the communities living close to the mines. As stated by the Secretary Generals’ Special Representative on the issue of human rights and transnational companies, John Ruggie, the mining industry is the largest private sector violating human rights, a trend that is only getting worse.

Contact Person & Details: 
Marcela Escribano

Cuba: Motivating the Community


Providing the backdrop to this project were attempts by Cuban civil society to improve its democratic system by encouraging increased citizen participation in policymaking.

Since the revolution, the Cuban people have been actively participating in various areas of the public sector, such as health care, education and the justice system. Today, however, the people’s involvement has descended into carrying out simple tasks that have little influence on the functioning of government.

Goals and Achievements:

1997 - 1998

Sudan: Democracy


This project took place when the military dictatorship was increasing its repression, particularly against the people of South Sudan, in reaction to the rise of a democratic opposition that was quickly gathering strength. It was therefore necessary to take action against the arms trade that was enabling the dictatorship to persist, while refugees, displaced persons, women and children were in growing need of support.


1996 - 1998

Angola : Mobilizing the Youth

This project was created by Alternatives in collaboration with ADRA, the Angola Development Coalition and local NGOs.


The project was born out of a post-civil war context, characterized by high inflation, immobilized businesses, excessively high unemployment rates and mass exoduses from rural regions due to violence and instability. The public social support system was being thinly distributed, which caused increased violence in cities. In short, the country was struggling to recover from fifteen years of conflict.

1996 - 1998

Afghanistan: Peace and Rebuilding

Strengthening civil society

Afghanistan is going through a long-term, compound crisis situation. Over twenty years of war have forced more than 3.5 million people to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. The crisi is multifacetted and the entire region is struggling with ethnic tensions and blatants cases of human rights violation, not to mention the steep inequalities between men and women.


Citizen Action: Time to pay the bills!

Join thousands of others in sending three economic powers their bills!

Each year the Journées québécoises de solidarités internationale (Quebec days for international solidarity) invite citizens to aprticipate in a concrete collective engaged action.

Contact Person & Details: 
Michel LambertDirecteur Général, Alternatives514 982-6606 #2001

For a Quebec International Cooperation Agency

Did you know that Quebec taxpayers spend almost $800M every year to finance the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)??

Did you know that Quebec-based organisations have been assigned only 0,6% of CIDA-backed projects last year??

More and more, the values promoted by the federal government through international cooperation are clashing with those of Quebec's international cooperation organisations, and so federal funds are becoming less and less available to local organisations.

Contact Person & Details: 
Michel LambertDirecteur général, Alternatives514 982 6606 #2001

Canada: Native People and South Africans: a Human Rights Issue

Project led by the Centre d’information et de documentation sur le Mozambique et l’Afrique australe (CIDMAA) in collaboration with Concordia University, the Group for Research and Initiative for the Liberation of Africa (GRILA), Entraide Missionnaire, Development and Peace, CUSO, Carrefour Tiers-Monde (Quebec) and Radio Basse-Ville (Quebec).


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