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

Development Unplugged | Posted 04.28.2017 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

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 experience of women living in poverty who discover the wealth and potential they hold within themselves.

Trade Is Moving Ethiopia Forward

Samuel Getachew | Posted 04.20.2017 | Canada Business
Samuel Getachew

Ethiopia, once a place for the world's pity, is now transforming itself to an investment hub. That is a good thing. There are many foreign investors venturing in to the country looking for investment opportunities, complementing the diaspora and the locals that are taking advantage of a better investment environment in the country.

You Won't Learn How Important Water Is Until It's Gone

Plan International Canada | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Here in Canada, most of us don't really think about water. Easy access to clean drinking water is part of our daily expectations. But in many parts of Kenya, where I recently visited to see some of Plan International Canada's programs, it's impossible not to think about water -- or rather, the severe lack of it.

A Canadian Effort In Ethiopia

Samuel Getachew | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Ethiopia is no stranger of aid workers, community builders and contributors from Canada. But what sets John Graham apart is, he has lived through many...

Goodwill Is A Profit Generator In Ethiopia

Samuel Getachew | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Business
Samuel Getachew

There is a notion that the Ethiopian economy is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and that is a good thing. But it would be far better if that fast-growing economy benefited more Ethiopians and helped create a better social safety net for its most vulnerable.

Canadian Doctors Seek To Improve Emergency Health Care In Ethiopia

Development Unplugged | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

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. Imagine how challenging it must be in low-income countries where healthcare resources are scarce and trained health professionals are in short supply.

Trade, Not Aid, Will Unshackle Ethiopia From Extreme Poverty

Samuel Getachew | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

The difference I have with foreign aid is the very limited role it plays in the long term commitment to helping society become self-sufficient and independent. At best, foreign aid has created dependency, produced corruption, intensified war and made unhealthy heroes of celebrities. Trade is the better option for Ethiopia.

Return To Ethiopia: In Honour Of Fierce Women

Amanda Burgess | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Amanda Burgess

My mother-in-law Sharyn Mandel was a fierce and fiery force in this world. A passionate educator, her life's purpose was teaching. She had a particular interest in developing the minds of young girls, and fostering their independent spirits. Upon her passing, we discovered that she intended for us to make her often-talked-about dream of founding a school in a developing country a reality.

Ethiopia's Best Now Run For Canada And For Matthew House

Lesley Ciarula Taylor | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Lesley Ciarula Taylor

The regular three-hour-a-day training of their professional lives is on hold along with so much else as they wait to hear if Canada will accept them. "Life is day-to-day," says Dawit. "I have lost my country, my friends, my family." But he has found a new family at Matthew House and a new country in Canada and it already feels good.

Ottawa Must End Canadian Aid To Africa's Most Repressive Regime

Yves Engler | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Members of the Ethiopian community in Winnipeg recently called on Canada to sanction the country. The protesters are angry about the regime's violent crackdown in the Oromiya and Amhara regions. Hundreds of peaceful protesters have been killed and many more jailed since unrest began over a land dispute 10 months ago.

Why Dr. Tedros Adhanom Of Ethiopia Should Lead WHO

Samuel Getachew | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

For the past three decades, Dr. Adhanom, led many institutions that have benefited from his wisdom, unique leadership and they each have shown a real, remarkable impact on the ground. As health minister, for instance, he was a celebrated advocate for accessible health care for all.

Obama's Greatest Legacy Empowers Next Generation Of African Leaders

Samuel Getachew | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

As the Obama presidency is near its end and historians are set to reflect on the legacy of America's first black president, I can't help but look favourably on the impact he has had on the continent of Africa.

How Tree-Planting Brings Life To The World's Children

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Ten years ago, World Vision started working with people in Humbo, Ethiopia, to plant trees. The organization funded the project by selling 'carbon offsets' for the roughly 22,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide that those trees mop up each year. Before planting began, the region's mountainous terrain had been severely degraded.

El Niño Has Created A Frightening Crisis For Ethiopia's Children

Mark Lukowski | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada Impact
Mark Lukowski

The need for support is urgent and helping children survive is our main concern. Canada has played a leadership role in international development and Canadians have always been known to provide relief in humanitarian crises.

How An Emerging Media Startup Is Helping Change Ethiopia

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

The young Ethiopians growing up in today's environment have many options to choose from. In a population that is in the upwards of 90-million, there are now over 12 TV stations that are exclusively geared toward the local population. By far, Kana TV is making the most impact and impression on Ethiopians and the future of Ethiopian television (for good or bad).

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

Development Unplugged | Posted 03.25.2017 | 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 03.17.2017 | 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 02.16.2017 | 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 01.12.2017 | 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.

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

Christine Blanchette | Posted 12.22.2016 | 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 06.04.2016 | 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.

Stephen Lewis Is a Great Supporter of the African Community

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.28.2016 | 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.