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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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Inclusive Growth: Buzzword Or Innovation?

(1) Comments | Posted May 3, 2017 | 3:24 PM

By Arjan de Haan

When the world's richest eight people hold as much wealth as the bottom 50 per cent of the global population, we have a problem.

That disparity, highlighted in a recent Oxfam report, brings into sharp focus an issue of growing inequality that is...

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Wealth Under Her Feet: How Gender Equality Unlocks Women's Economic Potential

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2017 | 3:43 PM

By Kailey Morin and Jessica Hum-Antonopoulos

We often hear from farmers who, upon learning there is water underground they can access in times of drought, feel like they have discovered a gold mine right under their feet.

All it takes is to build a well.

It is not unlike the...

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NAFTA Renegotiations Must Be Done Through The Lens Of Climate Change

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2017 | 5:07 PM

By John Dillon

Canada, and not just Mexico, may be in for a rough ride when it renegotiates NAFTA with the United States. A draft letter from the U.S. Trade Representative to Congress outlining renegotiation objectives, which was leaked on March 30, reveals that the U.S. agenda goes far beyond...

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The Keys To Effective Development

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2017 | 4:43 PM

By Gavin Charles

Global development is an exercise in cooperation. If development is to be effective -- and sustainable -- it must be pursued through partnership with a variety of stakeholders at a variety of levels. Governments, civil society organizations (CSOs), or the private sector cannot achieve lasting positive change...

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Transforming Communities Through The Power Of Grandmothers

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2017 | 5:41 PM

By Melani O'Leary, Carolyn Macdonald and Bridget Aidam

Grandmothers across the globe play a far more important role than the go-to babysitter on date night. As it turns out, we've learned that grandmothers are vital to not only caring for young children but also advising and educating younger women in...

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Invest In Women To Reduce Post-Harvest Losses

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2017 | 3:08 PM

By Jemimah Njuki

What does investing in women have to do with reducing post-harvest losses? Everything!

A report released in 2015 shows that out of every 100 tonnes of maize produced, up to 25 are lost before they reach the consumer's plate. For fresh produce, this loss can...

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When More Women Work, Economies Grow

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2017 | 5:47 PM

By Alexandra Crofton and Tite Nyabenda

This March we saw women come together in celebration of International Women's Day and demand more action to end inequality.

In the conversation of improving women's rights and gender equality, one area often left unmentioned is the tremendous gains women can make simply through...

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The Reality Of Gender And Community In The South Pacific

(2) Comments | Posted March 29, 2017 | 4:54 PM

By Madeline Storey

Women across the South Pacific face serious risk from violence, lack of economic opportunities, under-representation in leadership and limited access to healthcare and education.

In August of 2012, Pacific Island Leaders met in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, for the 43rd Pacific Islands Forum Meeting....

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Alive They Were Taken, And Alive We Want Them Returned

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2017 | 8:22 AM

By Anna Vogt

It is the final evening of the Observation Mission of Human Rights and Migration (OMODH). As a group of 24 international human rights organizations, we have travelled from Guatemala to Mexico, visiting with migrants and communities to better understand and advocate around migration. We are sitting in...

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Taking A Feminist Approach To Development

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2017 | 5:39 PM

By Rebecca Wolsak

At Inter Pares, February is always filled with a frenzy of activity and collaboration in preparation for International Women's Day. For one of our Ottawa celebrations, I often spend a few evenings compiling feminist highlights and lowlights from the previous year. I use this content to create...

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A Path Towards Greater Gender Equality In Tanzania

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2017 | 12:53 PM

By Brianne Meikle

While commuting to school a few weeks ago, I read an article by Metro News on the anti-Muslim protests scheduled to take place at Toronto City Hall over the weekend. Sarah Ali, an organizer of a counter-protest was quoted saying that anti-Muslim protests, "exist because...

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Proper Nutrition Is Essential To Empowering Women And Girls

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2017 | 10:33 AM

By Kristen Ostling and Samantha Grills


We live in a world where over one billion women and girls are malnourished.

As we marked International Women's Day, it is more important than ever to recognize the role nutrition plays in achieving gender equity....

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Disaster Risk Reduction: An Insurance Policy For Sustainable Development

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2017 | 2:00 PM

By Gavin Charles

On January 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by an earthquake that killed an estimated 230,000 people, generating one of the most devastating, dramatic, comprehensive, and costly emergency response operations ever conducted in the Americas. A month and a half later, on February 27, Chile was struck by...

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Accessing Safe Water Is Still A Journey For Many

(4) Comments | Posted March 10, 2017 | 2:15 PM

By Adam van Koeverden

Madagascar is famous for its unique wildlife, the cartoon movies that bear its name, and for vanilla. Ninety per cent of all of its plant and animal species are endemic to Madagascar, meaning they are found nowhere else on Earth. It's the fourth largest island in...

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We Must Break Down Barriers Women Still Face To Access Proper Nutrition

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2017 | 12:55 PM

By Kristiana Bruneau


March 8th marked International Women's Day, a time when we take a moment to celebrate women of all ages and assess our status within this world. On this day, we are reminded about how far we have come: more women...

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Alaa Murabit Is Igniting The Spark For Women's Leadership In Libya And Around The Globe

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2017 | 2:31 PM

Celebrating International Women's Day, we will be publishing all week inspiring stories, challenges, testimonies and successful initiatives on the road to gender equality and women's rights.

By Susan Luccini


Born in Saskatoon, Canada, Alaa Murabit is the sixth child in a family of...

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An Invisible Mosaic In A World Of Contraction: The View From B.C.

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2017 | 1:07 PM

By Michael Simpson

Few would argue that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent an aspirational agenda for our species in the coming 14 years. The 17 goals range in ambition from a world free of poverty to a survivable climate for life on land and underwater. Never before...

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Radio And Farmers: A Love Story

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2017 | 2:22 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 | 1:27 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 | 11:39 AM


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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