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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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Can We Count On Technology To Address Our Environmental Challenges?

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 11:00 AM

By Livia Bizikova and Peter Denton

How much can emerging technologies help change our environment, and will they alone help address some of the environmental challenges we are faced with?

This question was the focus of a Global Environmental Outlook launched by the United Nations Environment Program...

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3 Takeaways From The World Humanitarian Summit

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 1:23 PM

Written by Nicolas Moyer on May 25, 2016, and upon his return from attending the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) concluded in Istanbul on May 25th. It was the biggest ever meeting of the global humanitarian community, a first ever time to tackle

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Is Canada Ready To Support Least Developed Countries?

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 4:23 PM

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By John Sinclair

In late May, Turkey, despite security worries and about 3 million Syrian refugees, was the well-organized host to the UN's mid-term review of the 2011 Istanbul Program of Action (IPoA) for Least Developed Countries (LDCs). It additionally financed the participation...

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Canada's Return To UN Peacekeeping: Are We There Yet?

(4) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 11:48 AM

By Fergus Watt

May 29 is celebrated each year as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.

Over the years, 3,400 peacekeepers have lost their lives serving under the UN flag, 128 of them last year alone. Since 1948, 71 peace operations have been established.

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Humanitarian Financing: Investing In The Future Of Aid Delivery

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 10:53 AM

By Nicolas Moyer

This post is the seventh of a seven-part series on the themes of the High-Level Leaders' Roundtables at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, to be held May 23-24 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The global humanitarian system is failing at the same time as it has...

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Changing People's Lives: From Delivering Aid To Ending Need

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 11:06 AM

By Patricia Erb

This post is the sixth of a seven-part series on the themes of the High-Level Leaders' Roundtables at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, to be held May 23-24 in Istanbul, Turkey.

In 2015 governments and multilateral, national and international organizations working on global development,...

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Natural Disasters: Managing Risks And Crises Differently

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 12:45 PM

By Susan Johnson

This post is the fifth of a seven-part series on the themes of the High-Level Leaders' Roundtables at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, to be held May 23-24 in Istanbul, Turkey.

When Canada's Development Minister Bibeau joins with world leaders in...

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Women And Girls: Catalyzing Action To Achieve Gender Equality

(2) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 10:36 AM

By Gillian Barth and Shaughn McArthur

This post is the fourth of a seven-part series on the themes of the High-Level Leaders' Roundtables at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, to be held May 23-24 in Istanbul, Turkey.

"We can do it!"

Generations later, this simple phrase remains...

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Leaving No One Behind: A Commitment To Address Forced Displacement

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 11:24 AM

By Céline Füri and Julie Lafrenière

This post is the third of a seven-part series on the themes of the High-Level Leaders' Roundtables at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, to be held May 23-24 in Istanbul, Turkey.

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What Happens When The Leaders Of The World Convene?

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 11:48 AM

By Guy Des Aulniers

This post is the second of a seven-part series on the themes of the High-Level Leaders' Roundtables at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, to be held May 23-24 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The core humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence underpin the...

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Political Leadership Is Necessary To Prevent And End Global Conflicts

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 10:01 AM

By Ben Ofori

This post is the first of a seven-part series on the themes of the High-Level Leaders' Roundtables at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, to be held May 23-24 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Going into the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul, there are good reasons...

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Opportunities And Challenges At The World Humanitarian Summit

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 1:53 PM

By Gavin Charles

On May 23-24, governments, political leaders, civil society organizations, and the private sector will come together in Istanbul for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). This major international event comes as the world is experiencing extreme human suffering. Armed conflicts and natural disasters have reached...

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How Should We Measure Sustainable Development?

(1) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 2:40 PM

By Livia Bizikova and Peter Denton

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development makes the timeline clear. We have 15 years to hit the targets and meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is a race toward a sustainable future that has already begun.

The race has a...

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Make Giving Back A Part Of Your Routine And A Priority

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 11:07 AM

Tamara Bournival and her husband quit their jobs. They packed up the essentials, and then, along with their two young children, set off backpacking around the world for a year.

While in Nepal, Tamara met a nurse and doctor working in remote communities. As a pharmacist, she was particularly...

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A Long-Term Community Partnering Approach To Poverty Reduction

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 12:43 PM

By Carolina Prado

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World Vision (WV) has been contributing to the improvement of children's well-being in different parts of the developing world for a very long time. We do this mainly through the "development program approach," which has been rooted in decades of...

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The Canadian Private Sector Speaks Up About The Sustainable Development Goals

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 2:24 PM

By Global Compact Network Canada

Since the adoption of the SDGs, the Global Compact Network Canada has conducted a nationwide survey and numerous SDGs workshops to get the gist of where Canadian businesses stand when it comes to the new global goals and Agenda 2030.

The crucial role of...

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Federal Budget Disappoints On International Development

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 5:47 PM

By Fraser Reilly-King and Gavin Charles

The core takeaway for the international development and humanitarian sector from the federal budget, unveiled on March 22, is that Canada is not yet back.

After five years of significant decline in Canada's investments in addressing global development challenges and commitments made by the...

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Canadian Civil Society Organizations Need To Reinvest In Political Advocacy

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 10:54 AM

By John Cameron and Olivia Kwiecien

Five months after the 2015 Canadian Federal Election, signals indicate that the advocacy chill that characterized the Conservative Government's relationship with Canadian development Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has begun to thaw.

The prime minister and officials in Global Affairs Canada have...

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Reconciling Economic Security, Environmental Protection And Social Justice

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 4:21 PM

By Bipasha Baruah

I was an undergraduate student in 1992 at the time of the first Rio Conference on Environment and Development, also known as the Earth Summit. The World Commission on Environment and Development -- chaired very ably by Gro Harlem Brundtland, the former prime minister of Norway --...

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Why Is A Preventable Disease Still Claiming Lives In Canada And Beyond?

(7) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 4:12 PM

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It's World Tuberculosis Day, and this year it will be marked with the sad distinction that we have allowed this preventable, curable disease to become the world's biggest infectious killer. The millennia-old disease tuberculosis (TB) now outranks even HIV/AIDS in the number of...

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