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

Development Unplugged | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

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 lives it claims, at over 1.5 million a year. With leading experts predicting that by 2050 evolving strains of drug-resistant TB could claim an additional 75 million lives worldwide -- costing the global economy $16.7 trillion -- the need for immediate action is clear.

Trudeau Is Bringing Back The Canada The World Used To Know

Samuel Getachew | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

I was in Debre Libanos, Ethiopia, visiting family, when the conversation turned to Canadian politics. My uncle reflected on the Canada he understood and remembered. This included having an international perspective, respect for international institutions such as the United Nations, and a Canadian society that acted like a neighbour when disasters struck.

9 Ethiopian Staples That Will Give You A Nutritional Boost

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 03.12.2016 | Canada Living

And it's surprisingly easy to make at home!

Health Minister Philpott Has Changed The Face Of Ethiopia's Primary Care

Samuel Getachew | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

In the summer of 2008, Canada's (now) Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she met with Ethiopian colleagues to explore the possibility of establishing family medicine as a formal discipline in the East African country of 90 million people. For the next decade, she would help spread an initiative to help launch such a program in the East African nation.

Making The Most Of Canada's Contribution To Climate Financing

Development Unplugged | Posted 01.13.2016 | 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.

How A Passion For Running Led To Clean Water Projects In Ethiopia

Christine Blanchette | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Christine Blanchette

Marissa Cepelinski had the trip of a lifetime recently by participating with her fellow ultra marathoners and running for clean water projects in Ethiopia. Her team of 15 raised just over $102,000. It was enough to set up a school and a clean water well in the town of Hidri, Northern Ethiopia.

We Need a New Integrity in the Global Development Financing Debate

Development Unplugged | Posted 06.04.2015 | 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.

Stephen Lewis Is a Great Supporter of the African Community

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

Last night, at the Isabel Bader Theatre in downtown Toronto, the foundation hosted a sold-out talk called Ask Her and allowed us all a chance to interact and have a conversation with some of the remarkable women of Africa. What an impressive list of speakers.

The Canadian Organization That Didn't Screw Up Global Aid

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

For almost a decade, CUSO has been mobilizing the African diaspora in Canada to lend its professional expertise to their homelands. It seems to work as many friends have answered the call and have volunteered in many parts of Ethiopia for a year and made tangible impact to the country.

Ethiopia's "Terrorist" Journalists and Bloggers

Adam Bemma | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Adam Bemma

On April 25 of this year, the Ethiopian government made news by arresting six bloggers and three freelance journalists. It is now over 100 days, and counting, since the six Zone 9 bloggers and the three freelance journalists were thrown into Ethiopian prison cells. The nine writers are facing terrorism-related charges, standing accused of inciting violence through social media.

Why Are So Many Journalists in Jail?

Dana Wagner | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada
Dana Wagner

Imagine a world without a George Orwell and The Road to Wigan Pier, without Katherine Boo and Behind the Beautiful Forevers, or without Óscar Martínez and The Beast. What if Britain, the United States, and El Salvador had silenced these radicals before they ever documented working class poverty, the economics of slum life, and the horror of migrant trails?

A Documentary That Is Changing The Face Of International Development

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

For instance, in one of the most memorable scenes of the documentary, its director Nate Araya interviews a number of locals in a taxi minivan. In all of the segments, there were no Bono, Bill Gates nor Bob Geldof explaining what is working in Ethiopia but local citizens giving us a glimpse of their practical work on the ground as they help change the reality of the country.

Celebrating a Young Girl on International Women's Day

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.09.2014 | Canada Living
Samuel Getachew

Today, being the International Women's Day, in Canada and abroad, I am inspired by the words of Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thou...

Bees Gave This Ethiopian Youth Co-Op a Chance to Thrive

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

Tezana Kassa was once afraid of bees. Strange, I thought, for someone whose livelihood is now so wrapped up in a co-operative honey bee apiary he and 25 other youth began just weeks ago here in the parched Amhara region of northern Ethiopia.

Why Canada Needs to Speak About the Brutality Of Saudi Arabia's Migrant Workers

Samuel Getachew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

As Saudi Arabia curbs its vital but "illegal" migrant population violently this week to appease high unemployment, I cannot help but reflect on my moment with such destitute citizens a few years ago. Like almost all migrant workers everywhere including in North America, these people perform jobs that their own citizens would not dare touch.

The One Canadian I Admire And Will Celebrate Today

Samuel Getachew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

For me, no one represents what International Day of the Girl Child intends to celebrate more than a young Canadian friend who is making a profound impact in the country of my birth. Hannah Godefa, only 15, exemplifies the best of what it means to be an international Canadian citizen.

Awash In Refugees, Whose Needs Come First?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

We are awash in refugees, today, especially with the disaster taking place in Syria. We have limited resources -- human and financial. We must priorit...

The Ottawa Councillor Who Lived The Canadian Ideal Abroad

Samuel Getachew | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Long before Katherine Hobbes became a noted Ottawa City councillor - she took a break from exhausting careers with Bell Canada and Bank of Nova Scotia...

Why The Universal Voice Of Eyob Mekonnen Mattered

Samuel Getachew | Posted 10.19.2013 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

In the brilliant movie, "I Dreamed of Africa" - based on an autobiography of noted environmental activist and poet Kuki Gallmann, what stood out the ...

Michael Belayneh: The King Of Milestone Ballads

Samuel Getachew | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

A few years ago, I was in my home city of Addis Ababa from Toronto. I felt I was a stranger in my own birth city after being away for an eternity in C...

Forget 'American Idol': This Is the Best Show on TV

Samuel Getachew | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada TV
Samuel Getachew

Neither American Idol nor any of the crazy reality shows would ever measure up to this great public program that I have come to respect and appreciate. By watching great programming like The Agenda, my interest in Canadian history and politics has become more entrenched.

In Ethiopia, the Boston Marathon Gave me Hope

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.16.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

While growing up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I knew very little about Boston. Yet I knew everything to know about the Boston Marathon. I understood the Boston Marathon to be where the world came to compete and meet a personal milestone. I understood that even a country that is as poor and powerless as Ethiopia can compete and win.

Winning the Global Lottery

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.06.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

It's not often that you think of children in Ethiopia as "privileged." Yet on the eve of World Health Day this Sunday, girls and boys in Ethiopia are among the developing world's most fortunate. Here's what World Vision is urging the Canadian government to do.

Why I Nominated Brian Stewart for the Order Of Ontario

Samuel Getachew | Posted 04.04.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Ontario will honor 25 individuals with the Order of Ontario on Wednesday at Queens Park. Among the distinguished citizens is my nominee -- Brian Stewa...

The CIDA Debate: Why Africa Doesn't Want Charity

Samuel Getachew | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

In the passionate exchange on the role of the Government of Canada via CIDA in Africa between the NDP MP and the Minister of International Cooperation, I side with Julian Fantino in what I think is best for Africa. These days, Africans are more occupied with trade and economical opportunities rather than handouts as often advocated by the NDP.