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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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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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A Quiet Siege In South Sudan

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2016 | 7:36 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 | 7:10 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 | 2:47 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 | 2:38 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 | 7:04 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 | 3:36 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 | 1:58 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 | 4:52 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 | 4:11 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 | 3:00 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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