International Development

Life On The Margins: A Story From The Bronx

George Poulakidas | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada
George Poulakidas

The new Netflix musical drama The Get Down depicts life in South Bronx in the late 1970s: with the emerging hip-hop as a soundtrack, a community strug...

This Giving Tuesday, Let's Own Our Canadian Identity

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

Though Canada is far from immune to the forces of intolerance, we generally still self-identify as generous, socially conscious citizens. In this moment of unease and unrest, it's heartening that we see ourselves as the world's helpful, conscientious neighbor. Well Canada, this week we have the chance to put our money where our identity is.

Youth Breaking Boundaries: Canadian Priorities For Global Health

Development Unplugged | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

Global health transcends boundaries. But it also transcends domains and disciplines of practice. Canada is positioned to play a strategic role as a leader on the international development stage, and this means that integrating youth leaders into global discourses, particularly relating to health, is vital.

Bridging The Humanitarian-Development Divide In The Health Sector

Development Unplugged | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

Over 2 billion people, and a growing share of the world's poor, live in the 35 countries considered fragile or conflict states in 2016. And whether we are talking about pandemics, war, or prolonged occupation, these conditions devastate health systems and have lasting impacts on the physical and mental health of affected populations.

Something As Simple As A Kitchen Garden Can Lift An Entire Family

Megan Radford | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

I was reminded of my dad's carefully tended garden when we visited a community on the outskirts of the city of Cochabamba. Outside many of the homes we saw were small squares of flourishing green produce. These gardens provide not only sustenance for the whole family, but a source of income.

The Key Ingredients For An Effective Development Finance Institution

Per Unheim | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Per Unheim

We believe that there are three main areas that Canada's DFI -- planned to be based out of Export Development Canada -- needs to "get right" in order to succeed: governance and autonomy, development impact, and mechanisms for integrating specialized developmental expertise into its investments.

Every Child Has The Right To A Safe And Healthy Learning Environment

WaterAid Canada | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Impact
WaterAid Canada

Safe drinking water and decent toilets should be basic essentials in every school, everywhere. Unfortunately, it's not the case for millions of children in the world. Take the 500 students at St. John Bosco Gayaza Primary School in Uganda for example. The water source they rely on is an open pool located about one kilometre from their school.

I Want My Son To Grow Up In A World Free Of Deadly Epidemics

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

This time of year, parents are acutely aware of the complexities of raising a child. But imagine if another variable -- a potentially deadly disease -- could affect your child at any moment. For millions of people around the world, uncertainty is a daily reality.

Joshua Ostroff

Free The Children Changes Lives Far From The Celeb Spotlight

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Living

"Now, for both girls and boys, instead of going to the bush to take care of animals, we are going to school."

How Canada Should Support Low-carbon Growth Abroad

Development Unplugged | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

At last year's Paris climate change agreement, all countries committed to help adapt to climate change and reduce emissions. Canada's official development assistance (ODA) now needs to focus on realizing these commitments. Ensuring maximum impact will require attending to areas where need is greatest and where Canada has particular expertise.

Beyond Brexit, Let's Take A Cue From Our Youth

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Caroline Riseboro

Numbered at 1.8 billion, the world is now home to the largest generation of young people aged 10 to 24 in its history. Having grown up in a digital era and more connected than ever before, younger generations are able to see the world's boundaries as more fluid, recognizing their shared interests and values with people around the globe.

How Clean Water Generates Power For The World's Children

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

I've witnessed the power that water can bring to a community -- not hydroelectricity, but human empowerment. It happens when a single borehole is drilled deep into the ground, and a pump installed. Clean water becomes a source of hydration, refreshment and strength, freeing people up to do great things.

How A Smartphone Game Is Busting Menstrual Taboos

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

Menstruation is one of the leading causes of absenteeism among adolescent girls, with girls in Kenya missing an average of four days each month. Without access to accurate and essential health information, girls have limited understanding of how their bodies work. Femme International's study in Nairobi showed that 80 per cent of girls had no idea what menstruation was before their first period, leading to feelings of fear, confusion, and shame. A new smartphone game aims to change that.

Humanity Must Take The High Road To Solve Real Issues

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

As a global collective grounded in humanity as a common value and fully aware that millions of people in humanitarian crises and conflicts worldwide are in need of solutions, now is the time to put differences aside and begin to address the suffering of millions of people affected by humanitarian crises -- particularly young girls.

Federal Budget Disappoints On International Development

Development Unplugged | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

Budget 2016 is a step in the right direction, and a welcome course correction from the repeated cuts of the past five years. But it's a very small step. Much more will be needed to match the ambitions of the new government to the needs of the planet and its people.

How Canada Provides Life-Giving Water To Iraqi Families Forced From Their Homes

Brett Tarver | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Brett Tarver

Like many Canadians, I have struggled to understand the importance of something as seemingly mundane as water. With our Great Lakes and mighty rivers, we're used to seeing water everywhere. I began appreciating how critical water is to survival when visiting the Kurdish region of northern Iraq with World Vision last month.

Canadian Civil Society Organizations Need To Reinvest In Political Advocacy

Development Unplugged | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

The prime minister and officials in Global Affairs Canada have indicated through both words and action a desire to create a more collaborative and consultative relationship with Civil Society Organizations . But are Canadian CSOs taking advantage of the thaw to engage in advocacy to hold the government to account for the impacts of its policies on global justice?

Trudeau Must Put Pro-Choice Into The Budget

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Sandeep Prasad

A key part of being feminist is respecting all people's choices about their own bodies. While a gender-balanced cabinet is a step in the right direction, there is no such thing as gender equality without bodily autonomy. If women aren't able to make decisions about their own bodies, equality is null and void.

Unlocking The Potential Of 1 Billion Women And Girls

Joel C. Spicer | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Impact
Joel C. Spicer

Roughly one billion women and girls worldwide -- almost 30 times the population of Canada -- suffer from malnutrition. This has catastrophic consequences not only for them and for their children, but for the world, as the loss of women's full potential hinders the social and economic development of entire countries.

Canada Should Act To Facilitate And Amplify Remittances

Development Unplugged | Posted 03.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

What is a remittance? Simply put, the process of sending money internationally from Canada to a friend or family member in a foreign country. Globally, the flows of remittances have grown substantially in recent years. Even with a projected slowdown in 2015, the World Bank recently predicted total remittances to 'developing countries' would exceed $435 Billion USD. To put it in context, official development assistance/foreign aid in 2014 was estimated at just over $135 Billion USD globally.

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.

Responding To Negative News: Spread Light, Be A Changemaker

Shujaat Wasty | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Shujaat Wasty

For every tragic incident in the world today, there are countless more women and men humanitarians -- changemakers -- making the world a better place in their own respective capacities. Light is more potent and powerful in effacing darkness; let's each of us resolve to spread more light around us, in our communities, and throughout our world.

What Does Openness Mean For Canadian Development Assistance?

Julian Dierkes | Posted 12.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Julian Dierkes

Openness and transparency permeates the mandate letters issued to members of cabinet by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and is a recurring theme in statements by his government. In fact, it is the only theme next to climate change so far. But what does openness mean for development assistance?

How Canada Can Regain Its Development Influence Abroad

Per Unheim | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Per Unheim

If Canada is really "back," as our Prime Minister has announced, and if we are to make Canada a leader in development innovation and effectiveness, then we need to understand why Canada's development influence has contracted this severely and what changes could be made to improve our performance in a range of areas.

We Need To Change How We Define Success In Development

Development Unplugged | Posted 11.26.2016 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

Development is sensitive, political, difficult and often surprisingly controversial work, and the changes sought can be difficult to measure or quantify. Transformative agendas cannot be accomplished through an obsession with "bang for the buck" and the pressure to demonstrate numerical impact within short periods of time.