AGID CANADA, a registered Canadian charity,
is informally affiliated with AGID,
the Association of Geoscientists for International Development.
AGID CANADA conducts a modest three-stage program of
international aid, with an educational theme,
supported by volunteer labour and donations. Further information can
be accessed at the foot of this page, to provide a detailed
overview of the scope of the operation. In brief,
Orders for shipment fit one of two models. There are a) small "boutique" requests of book titles selected from the catalogues. These mostly include 1 to 5 boxes of highly-focused educational titles, including both undergraduate texts and specialized research works. Weighing under 100 kg in total, these are relatively expensive to ship per kilogram, unless geographic proximity or infrastructure developments allow them to be shipped in batches. There are also b) large requests, from 100 kg to 1 tonne or more, generally dominated by long sequences of technical journals. As with the books, the cost of these mostly-North American and European publications is prohibitive to many universities worldwide. The scale of these valuable reference works is such that palette-based container shipment is generally essential.
The latest AGID CANADA catalogue, 2001/1, contains 1,638 book titles plus many series of technical journals. The arrangement of the main section of the catalogue includes 36 separate categories, including the following examples;
|Selected Subjects||Number of titles|
|Geophysics & Tectonics||_______200________|
|Hydrology & Hydrogeology||_______118________|
|Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology||________76________|
|General & Regional Geology||________72________|
|Planetary Science & Meteorites||________19________|
The distribution of assembled materials continues throughout the year. The great success of the donation program has resulted in high inventory, and thus efforts from summer 2001 onwards will concentrate on the compilation and safe dispatch of both small and large shipments to recipient institutions around the globe. More detailed information, including opportunities to help this program in various ways, may be found on this web site now. Further details will be posted in the future. Additional details, including a list of many of the countries to which AGID CANADA has shipped, or intends to ship, books and journals are now available.
Since 2005 the operation has been in "wind-down" mode, with dispatch of many pallet-loads of books to institutions in African countries and elsewhere. Look for two new press releases on this progress in summer 2007!