International Development

A Life I Can't Imagine For My Son: Seafood Diver

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.18.2017 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Here in Canada, children learn to scuba dive for fun. But in Honduras, Ariel's work is largely invisible. Tourists tucking into a seafood meal just down the shore from his boat -- perhaps raising a glass of wine at sunset -- likely have no idea who hauled up their dinner from the ocean floor. 

You Don't Have To Be A Runner To Race For Clean Water

Megan Radford | Posted 05.04.2017 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

In many parts of Africa and Asia, walking takes on a whole different meaning. That's because many women and children in these developing areas have to walk six kilometres every day to get water for their family. It's not a stroll in the park, or a breezy city walk -- it's a dangerous, hot, painful journey to provide for the needs of their families. 

A Little Kindness Can Change A Life

Shujaat Wasty | Posted 04.12.2017 | Canada Impact
Shujaat Wasty

We are presented opportunities everyday to make a difference in the lives of those around us, near or far, through our actions, time, or money. Whether we embrace that opportunity is up to us and, evidently, even the smallest of gestures or actions can veritably snowball into lasting results.

80 Years On And Not Enough Has Changed

Plan International Canada | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Eighty years ago, the Spanish Civil War resulted in a vast displacement and large number of unaccompanied child refugees. It was from the ashes of that crisis that Plan International was created. I am sure John Langdon-Davies, the founder of Plan International, would be heartbroken to know how urgently, in so many parts of the world, our work is still needed.

Federal Budget 2017: Feminist Foreign Policy Needs More Than Rhetoric

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

If we really want to support women and really want to be known as a feminist nation, then we need to work hand-in-hand with women and fund their work. We would welcome an announcement for this in the federal budget this week. But for this to happen, it would take courage and vision - not just rhetoric.

Turning Roadside Stalls Into Booming Businesses

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

In developing countries around the world, small business owners with dreams of doing more for their families and communities find themselves in this impossible situation.

Corruption Hurts Development But New Technologies Can Help

George Poulakidas | Posted 01.18.2017 | Canada
George Poulakidas

Several high-level corruption cases in 2016 have brought corruption to the public's attention. Last month, the South Korean Parliament voted to impeac...

The International Year Of Pulses Was Just The Beginning

Development Unplugged | Posted 01.17.2017 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

Pulses have great potential for human nutrition due to their high protein content compared to other vegetables. Despite this, global research funding for pulse crops remains very small compared to investments made in cereal crops.

Looking Back At 2016: The Year Canada Re-Engaged With The World

Marie-Claude Bibeau | Posted 12.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Marie-Claude Bibeau

As minister of International Development and La Francophonie, I have visited 15 or so countries and Canada's re-engagement was pointed out to me during each of them. But what does this re-engagement really mean? Here are five major achievements that speak to Canada's re-engagement on the international scene and the impact of our actions.

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 04.13.2017 | 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 04.13.2017 | 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.