Developing Countries

Access To Education: The Key That Unlocks Opportunity

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

While many of us are fortunate enough to take education for granted, not everyone can get the education they need. I believe that technological and pedagogical innovation can help break down barriers and make learning more accessible, engaging and inspiring.

G20 Summit Offered Little Of Substance For The World's Poorest

Development Unplugged | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

China intended this summit be a break from the past, a substance discussion on global issues, with a focus on oft-neglected international development. This would indeed have been very timely, energizing support for Agenda 2030 and a big plus for China's leadership. However, it never seemed to happen.

From Farm To School Table, Feeding Disadvantaged Children In Uganda

Natalie Karneef | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada Impact
Natalie Karneef

Fifteen years ago, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, a native Ugandan, was living the American dream -- until his brother, and then his sister, died of HIV/AIDS. Coming face to face with the scale of Uganda's HIV/AIDS pandemic, Kaguri took the $5000 he had saved for a down payment on his own home and built Nyaka Primary School.

A Long-Term Community Partnering Approach To Poverty Reduction

Development Unplugged | Posted 04.20.2017 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

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 field experience.

Making The Most Of Canada's Contribution To Climate Financing

Development Unplugged | Posted 01.12.2017 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

We've heard where $575 million of the contribution will go, including to renewable energy in Africa, climate risk insurance and to the Least Developed Countries Fund. We haven't heard what percentage of the funds will go to adaptation efforts. This needs early clarification, and there need to be transparent discussions on the disbursement of the over $2 billion that is yet to be allocated.

We Must Help Vulnerable Countries Adapt To Climate Change

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.18.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When Craig visited Dadaab, Kenya, four years ago and met Ali, he witnessed hundreds of families lined along the road to the world's largest refugee camp. Most weren't fleeing violence, they were fleeing the weather. As climate change advances, disasters like the drought that ravaged East Africa in 2011 are becoming more frequent and severe.

Millions Of The Internet's Poorest Users Are About To Be Cut Off

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Business

The change will affect users with the oldest technology.

Poor Countries Face The Greatest Climate Change Challenges

Development Unplugged | Posted 12.04.2016 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

It is the people in the poorest countries that are and will be most affected by the consequences of climate change. A recent World Bank report on the subject states that climate change will possibly lead more than 100 million people below the poverty line by 2030, in addition to the one billion individuals already living this harsh reality.

My Journey To Creating Access To Decent Work For Women In Africa

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

My life's story has led me on this path to wanting to make access to decent, empowering work available to women through the acquisition of tradeable skills. Decent employment for women is the main escape route out of poverty in Africa, and it strengthens the link between economic growth and aggregate poverty reduction.

This Is How We Can Help End Hidden Hunger

Howard Schiffer | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Impact
Howard Schiffer

The concept of "hidden hunger" isn't new, but it's not something that the average person is aware of. Hidden hunger happens when people don't eat a variety of healthy and nutritious foods. They may be getting enough food to fill their stomachs, but they aren't consuming the right balance of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

This Canadian Doctor Could Change Lives Of Women Fighting Cancer

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada

Dr. Ophira Ginsburg says in low- and middle-income countries, breast cancer is a rapidly growing problem.

The International Monetary Fund Should Challenge the One Per Cent

Nick Fillmore | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Nick Fillmore

Two remarkable developments during the past 10 days that could have a significant impact in many countries are worth a lot more attention in Canada and the United States. First, a major research document published by five top economists at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) admitted that the strong pro-capitalist policies at the centre of its activities in developing countries for the past 30 years do not work.

This Father's Day, Let's Honour Dads Around the World

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

As Father's Day approaches, I wanted to learn how dads around the world encourage, mentor and care for their children. Looking through the World Vision photo database, I found dozens of men who go to immense lengths for their little ones.

We Need a New Integrity in the Global Development Financing Debate

Development Unplugged | Posted 06.04.2016 | Canada Business
Development Unplugged

We need to recognize that most private sector flows are going to the richest of developing countries, to China not a Cambodia. This distribution runs counter to the UN goal of "leaving no one behind." The least developed countries for sure need both: responsible private investment and a bigger share of increased traditional grant aid.

Nepal Is Years From Recovery, But Full of Hope

Michael Messenger | Posted 05.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Michael Messenger

Life in Nepal is nowhere near returning to normal, and will not be for many years to come. If your house and place of business had crumbled to the ground, and you were sleeping under a tent in the local park, croissants and gasoline wouldn't mean much -- especially if your children were coping with emotional distress like the children in Nepal.

Why Children Overseas May Not Have Been "Good" This Year

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

It's true that most governments in developing countries provide education for children. And there's no doubt that millions of children overseas are intelligent, hard-working and yearning to succeed. But let's consider the many challenges which children in the world's poorest regions face when trying to attend school.

Globalization Is Only a Good Thing If It Benefits All Groups of Society

Salman Sakir | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada
Salman Sakir

Globalization may have played a role in the emergence of poverty in developed countries. When people in the lower income group experience long-term unemployment, they may slip into poverty. While the poverty rate has remained between 12 to 15 percent in the last few decades in the U.S., the number of people living in poverty actually increased.

Helping Kids Understand the Gift of Food This Thanksgiving

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

When it comes to Thanksgiving, there's no question that my kids are grateful for the festive food on the table -- an exciting change from our usual meals at home. But like many Canadian children, they have no sense of what it means to be hungry for more than an hour or so.

Canada Is Poised to Lead Real Global Change on Child and Maternal Mortality

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

Some six million children under the age of five die every year and there are still nearly 300,000 maternal deaths annually. It all comes down to the political will and necessary funds to make it happen. Canada is a recognized leader in both. In May, Canada committed a further $3.5 billion over five years to help eliminate these unnecessary deaths.

This 3-D Printer Prints...Skin?

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

While some of us are using the new power of 3D printers to make smartphone cases and chocolate figurines, two engineering students from the University of Toronto are using them to print functional human skin.

Why We Shouldn't Categorize an Economy Based on GDP Alone

Salman Sakir | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada
Salman Sakir

The absolute size of an economy does not portray the complete picture of a country. When a country has a large gross domestic product, it does not necessarily mean that its residents are rich. The country may have a significantly large population which will lead to low per capita income.

Why I'm Grateful For the Daily Chaos In My Life

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

While I'm wishing away my son's soccer match for this evening, these children in Armenia are rejoicing that World Vision has built a soccer pitch in their community. They no longer have to play on a small piece of rocky land.

How Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries Reach Offshore Centres

Salman Sakir | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada
Salman Sakir

The illicit financial flows to the developed countries may often be accompanied or followed by people who accumulate the illicit finance. As these people have engaged in bribery and other unlawful activities in developing countries to accumulate their illicit finance, there is always a possibility that they may resume their criminal behaviour once they move to the developed countries.

South Sudan: Don't Look Away

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Three years ago today, there was dancing on the streets of South Sudan. A new nation had just been born. Having voted to separate from Sudan, the people were bursting with dreams for a free and independent future. But the anniversary of independence is not being marked today with celebrations.

Protecting the World's Children From Malaria

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Mosquito bites mean something different in many parts of the world. Working for an international aid and development agency, I've learned about the dangers of malaria, an infectious disease transmitted by the bite of an infected female mosquito. On World Malaria Day, I think about the millions of children who have no bug spray -- not ever.