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This blog focuses on international development and other global issues. It was established by the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) as a virtual space where practitioners, researchers, and academics can share commentary, reflections and lessons learned. It provides a platform for cutting edge thinking and debate on the global issues and challenges of our time.

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Radio And Farmers: A Love Story

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2017 | 3:22 PM


By Kevin Perkins

Taking place annually on February 13, World Radio Day was established by the UN in 2012. Why dedicate a special day to celebrate a century-old technology in a new era of digital gadgets and applications? Because radio is...

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10 Reasons Trudeau Could Increase Canadian Aid In 2017

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2017 | 2:27 PM

by Julia Sanchez

As we approach budget day and speculate about how the government will address the many priorities, commitments and demands they face, we in the international development sector have been working together to build a solid case for why Budget 2017 needs to include a substantive increase in...

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The International Year Of Pulses Was Just The Beginning

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2017 | 12:39 PM


By Laura Husak

Pulses are a family of crops that include dried beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas; collectively, they are extremely important to nutrition, health and livelihoods. While 2016 -- celebrated as the International Year of Pulses -- has come to...

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A Quiet Siege In South Sudan

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2016 | 8:36 AM

By Carmen Tremblay


A siege can come in many forms.

There's the one unfolding in Aleppo -- with relentless bombs, destruction and chaos.

Five thousand kilometres south, there's a quieter siege underway in South Sudan where renewed...

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Using Digital Tech To Improve Life For Refugees

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2016 | 8:10 AM

By Shadi Saleh and Chaitali Sinha

Nearly one in every four people in Lebanon is a refugee. This number is staggering, yet not entirely unbelievable given the protracted and emerging conflicts in the Middle East. A rapid influx of refugees from Syria has catapulted Lebanon...

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Rebuilding Haiti Through Citizen Engagement And Human Rights Education

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2016 | 3:47 PM

By Alex Chartrand


"Citizen engagement is needed to fight impunity, corruption and social inequalities. The engaged citizen is able to place himself above his particular interests, to live the values and principles of human rights, to be useful to his community, and to...

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We Need To Help Protect The People Most Affected By Climate Change

(2) Comments | Posted December 6, 2016 | 3:38 PM

By Groupe de réflexion sur le développement international et la coopération (GREDIC)

The 2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22) held in Morocco from November 7 to 18, evaluated progress since the Paris Climate Agreement was signed with great fanfare just over a year ago.

The outcome? The "

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Volunteerism Is Essential For Achieving The Global Goals

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2016 | 8:04 AM

By Evelyne Guindon

Among the greatest rewards of being the CEO at Cuso International, is the opportunity to meet with many of the great global citizens as they prepare for their assignments after having made a choice to share their skills with others. Very soon, they will be part of...

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Effective Development Requires Civil Society

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2016 | 4:36 PM

By Gavin Charles

This week, the international development community is gathering in Nairobi for the Second High Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC). The goal of these meetings is to build a better global framework for more effective development -- development that...

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Connecting Research And Policy To Strengthen Health Systems

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2016 | 2:58 PM

By Alain Beaudet


It was a pleasure to take part in the recent Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Vancouver. It was equally heartening to see how researchers and policy makers in global health are becoming more and more interconnected -- which...

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Social Enterprise Models To Improve Women's Livelihoods And Health In Africa

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2016 | 5:52 PM

By Jenipher Twebaze Musoke and Kevin McKague

Community health workers plan an important role in reducing maternal and child mortality, but as international researchers in the field, our experience shows that much more can be done to support them.

From our experience working with the non-governmental organization BRAC in...

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Canadian Doctors Seek To Improve Emergency Health Care In Ethiopia

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2016 | 5:11 AM

By Dr. Lisa Puchalski Ritchie

As an emergency physician in Toronto, Canada's largest city, I am privileged to have access to the latest research evidence, medical tools and technology. I also have access to a network of professional colleagues who I can call on for advice and assistance.

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Listen To Community Health Workers To Strengthen Health Systems

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2016 | 4:00 PM

By Lilian Otiso and Kate Hawkins

Surely it is high time to "go to the community and just listen. Shut up your mouth, and then unlearn the bad habits that medical school taught you, like your elitism." These are the wise words of Penina Ocholla of the Great...

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Cuba: Long-Term Efforts Amidst A Hurricane Response

(3) Comments | Posted November 16, 2016 | 12:38 PM

By Greg Spira

The scene from Haiti remains heartbreaking. Powerful Hurricane Matthew struck the vulnerable nation on Oct. 4 with winds exceeding 230 km/h, leaving an estimated 1.4 million people in need of assistance and more than 500 people confirmed dead.

But in Cuba not a single casualty has...

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Youth Breaking Boundaries: Canadian Priorities For Global Health

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2016 | 4:49 PM

By Nicola Toffelmire & Annalise Mathers

Global health transcends boundaries. But it also transcends domains and disciplines of practice. The field of global health is drawing an increasingly diverse group of Canadian young people who have a wide range of interdisciplinary experience, backgrounds, and interests. Youth are...

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Bridging The Humanitarian-Development Divide In The Health Sector

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2016 | 3:59 PM

By Emre Özaltın, Ziad Obermeyer, and Aaka Pande

The bloody civil wars that wracked Sierra Leone and Liberia in the 1990s did more than kill hundreds of thousands over the course of a decade. They also decimated the health systems of both countries, setting the stage for...

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Achieve Real Gender Equality For Adolescent Health

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2016 | 2:08 PM

By Ayah Nayfeh and Montasser Kamal

The world is currently home to the largest number of youth (aged 10 to 24) to have ever reached reproductive age in history. Unfortunately the social, economic and environmental realities for these 1.2 billion adolescents mean that they are among the...

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How An Impatient Doctor Got Passionate About Health Systems

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2016 | 4:51 PM

By Christina Zarowsky

Life, death, power and politics

I was asked recently to talk to first year University of Montreal medical students about global health, in one of their mandatory expand-your-horizons classes. I decided to take the bull by the horns and be pretty in-your-face with these young, smart, keen,...

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Syrian Refugees: Shifting From Crisis Response To Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2016 | 4:10 PM

By Roula El-Rifai

Welcoming over 30,000 Syrian refugees to Canada in the past year is a reflection of the shared values and generous spirit of Canadians and communities, businesses and governments across this country.

Last month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reinforced the country's commitment at the UN...

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Can We End Hunger By 2030?

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2016 | 2:45 PM

By Livia Bizikova, Carin Smaller, David Laborde and Tess Lallemenat

Over the last 25 years, the number of people suffering from hunger dropped by 50%. Yet, in 2015, there were still 800 million people suffering from hunger in developing countries -- this amounts to twice the population of the entire...

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