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South Sudan: What Life In a Humanitarian Prison is Like

Stephen Cornish | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

MSF Canada's Stephen Cornish is writing from South Sudan, where he is witnessing first-hand the humanitarian crisis currently affecting the world's yo...

Africa's Booming Population Needs Agricultural Innovation

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Africa's 600 million hectares of uncultivated land -- more than half the global total -- adds up to a recipe for a better food future. Agricultural innovation, education, and the resulting empowerment of women and girls promises to make the coming population boom a turning point toward truly sustainable development.

What I Learned Spending Time with Orphans in Rural Uganda

Natalie Karneef | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Natalie Karneef

I spent May and June of 2014 in rural Uganda, volunteering as a blogger, videographer and teacher with the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, an organization...

The Overlooked Group of Climate Change Fighters

David Fogarty | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada Impact
David Fogarty

There are a group of people often overlooked in the fight against climate change and they can be one of our greatest allies as we figure out how to limit the damage from extreme weather, rising seas and threats to food security. They are the millions of indigenous people who live in the world's remaining forests. Often overlooked, ignored, marginalized and attacked, they stand at the heart of a global solution on climate change that all of us, whether we live in big cities or remote villages, can benefit from.

Anti-Energy Activists Don't Want to Talk About Energy Poverty

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth like to frame the energy-discussion as if it only has a few very simple dimensions. Theirs is a very simple narrative of environmental protection versus corporate profits. What they don't want to discuss is the reality that right now 2.5 billion human beings are living impoverished lives because they have insufficient access to energy.

Visionary on a Mission - Introducing Saki Mafundikwa

Beverley Golden | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Impact
Beverley Golden

There are people who believe you can't go home again. Saki Mafundikwa isn't one of them. Born in Zimbabwe, he exhibited an extraordinary talent for drawing from an early age, yet his options appeared limited, as the idea of "design" was unknown.

50,000 South Sudanese Children Could Die This Year Without Aid

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Kirsty Duncan

South Sudan, the world's youngest country, did not mark its third anniversary on July 9 by celebrating, but by struggling to survive what the United Nations (UN) recently described as one of the gravest humanitarian and political crises in the world's history. The question that begs to be asked is will the Canadian Government now provide a second round of humanitarian funding? Thousands of children are at risk of dying this year.

How Canada Should Fight Terrorism

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

This week, Canadians observed the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. For Sikh Canadians and Jewish Canadians alike, the Day of Remembrance has particular resonance. That our two communities have shared experience in facing terrorism was pointedly on display during the 2008 Mumbai attack.

Will Canada Keep its Peacekeeping Promise?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Self-congratulations and blanket statements of support are not helping the children of CAR, who face crimes against humanity and war crimes. What we do now or fail to do will have an impact on society for years to come, and we will be judged on how we choose to act.

Don't Forget About the Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

The clock began ticking April 14, when the 276 girls were abducted from their dormitories. Two months have now passed, and 219 girls remain missing. The more time passes the greater the risk, including the girls being sold into marriage or engaged in the worst forms of child labor, sexual exploitation and violence and recruitment into armed groups.

An International Cry For Help Will Lead to the Exploitation of More Africans

Dr. Lisa Tomlinson | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Dr. Lisa Tomlinson

It has been over four weeks since the abduction of the Nigerian schoolgirls and the world's attention on Nigeria has gradually faded. The placards have disappeared, government heads have played their role in once again pledging their "assistance" to Africa and mainstream media have done their part in disseminating selective pieces to a much bigger picture.

When Hashtag Humanitarianism Just Isn't Enough

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Impact
Glen Pearson

#BringBackOurGirls was a massively popular way of protesting in part because it was so simple. Most major celebrities, politicians and even conservative political pundits participated. It was all an impressive display that sadly overlooked the real solutions to dilemmas like the Nigerian kidnappings.

The Crazy Project: Talking About Mental Health

Moses Mutabaruka | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Living
Moses Mutabaruka

Although mental health is a heavy and personal matter that comes with a lot of stigma, talking about it is like finally being able to breathe! It lifts a huge weight off your shoulders and you are able to live again.

Canada Must Do Its Part to Stop Violence in the Central African Republic

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Will Canada support the organization and monitoring of fair and free elections that will take place in one year? CAR must not become another Rwanda. As the Government considers what action to take, it must remember that what we do now or fail to do will have an impact on CAR society for years to come, and we will be judged on how we choose to act.

Canada, Don't Forget About South Sudan

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Will the Government of Canada support the threatened peace talks in Addis Ababa by offering mediators to the warring parties and other stakeholders? Will it support civil society coalitions, which are working for reconciliation inside South Sudan? If the violence does not stop, South Sudan could slip further into ethnic conflict.

Journalists for Human Rights Face New Challenge in East Africa

Adam Bemma | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Adam Bemma

Canadian journalist Chris Oke never thought when he accepted a position at Journalists for Human Rights, or JHR, in Tanzania that he would be robbed, arrested by police, and witness a government crackdown on the media.

Would You Pay $45 To Turn a Starving Child Healthy?

Susanne Courtney | Posted 05.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Susanne Courtney

It's common knowledge that millions of children in the world still suffer from hunger. But did you know that with proper treatment, between 90 - 95 per cent of children can regain full health? And that full treatment can take just 45 days, and cost a mere $45?

Canada Must Protect the Children of the Central African Republic

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

A total of 2.3-million children are at risk of becoming victims of attacks, and there are more than 6,000 child soldiers in CAR, many of whom are forced to commit atrocities. And sexual violence against girls is increasing. These attacks against children have reached appalling, indefensible levels. Surely Canada can, and must, do more beyond this week's announcement of an additional $5 million.

How Will Canada Help the Central African Republic Crisis?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

The United Nations ranks the Central African Republic a level three emergency, among the top three humanitarian emergencies globally. The non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are concerned about the lack of awareness of this crisis. What can the government do to raise awareness of the crisis in the international community and at home in Canada?

We Proved Selling 'Odd' Women's Products Can Create Social Change

Madeleine Shaw and Suzanne Siemens | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Madeleine Shaw and Suzanne Siemens

Since its inception in 1993, Lunapads' business philosophy has been firmly grounded in the belief that capitalism can in fact be a powerful force for positive social change. In the early days people not only thought our products -- reusable feminine hygiene products -- were a bit odd; some even found them off-putting: not exactly a "marketer's dream."

Canada Abandons a Former Partner

Glen Pearson | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The recent troubles in the south that sprung up only a month ago, and the instability that has resulted, has pressed that African region to the precipice. But just this week, the Harper government, through its Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), has recommended, "that Canada consider downgrading its development program (in Sudan), or exiting entirely."

It's Time for Africa to Rise

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada
Canadian Co-operative Association

There is a new optimism associated with Africa these days. The phrase "Africa Rising" is showing up with regular frequency in media reports within the continent and beyond, and instead of a steady diet of African despair and failure, we are finally hearing about African innovation and success. Perhaps it is finally Africa's turn, and we at the Canadian Co-operative Association will have front row seats for a long-overdue African renaissance.

Guns and Gems: The True Cost of Your Diamonds

Ramp1885.com | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Style
Ramp1885.com

If you knew that [Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front] were coming, or if you even heard a rumour that the RUF were on their way, knowing that they cut the hands and feet off babies, you wouldn't hang around very long. And it worked -- it was very successful. It helped them clear the diamond fields, and they could dig diamonds to their heart's content. There are 1.5-million artisanal diamond diggers in Africa -- they produce about 16 per cent of the world's diamonds. So there's a good chance that 16 per cent of the diamonds in any store are part of that problem.

Disabilities in Ethiopia: The Same, But Different as Canada

Krista O'Brien | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Krista O'Brien

It is incredible to see how people with disabilities are being included and advocated for now, compared to how they have been treated and excluded in the past. The work is not done yet; there are still many ways to improve the quality of life and opportunities available for people with disabilities in Ethiopia.

A Victory for Victims of Sexual Violence

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

Over the past several years, hundreds of Kenyan girls have gone to the police in the town of Meru to report that they had been raped. The officers responded with disbelief and refused to take action. In May 2013, the girls won a striking victory. In a landmark decision, the court ordered the police to enforce the rape laws and take action against the perpetrators.