International Development

Will Canada Do More To Help Combat Ebola?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Will the government show leadership in responding to this deadly outbreak and offer help needed to contain and control it, including much needed field hospitals and other equipment? And will the Government consider deploying more health care specialists and armed forces personnel in collaboration with the U.S. to face the outbreak?

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

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 09.24.2014 | 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.

How Adult Literacy Is Transforming a Village

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

September 8 is International Literacy Day, marked with events in schools and communities around the world, and highlighted by a United Nations celebration and conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Despite the promising gains of the UN's worldwide "Literacy as Freedom" decade that ended in 2012, more than 770 million people over the age of 15 cannot read or write.

How Youth Savings Clubs Empower Students in Ghana

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 08.28.2014 | Canada Business
Canadian Co-operative Association

It made an impact on me to witness the eagerness of these savvy young people to build their savings -- I wish I'd learned such a valuable lesson at their age. The students showed pride in the youth savings program and seemed to feel empowered by it.

Africa's Booming Population Needs Agricultural Innovation

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Africa's 600 million hectares of uncultivated land -- more than half the global total -- adds up to a recipe for a better food future. Agricultural innovation, education, and the resulting empowerment of women and girls promises to make the coming population boom a turning point toward truly sustainable development.

How Canada's Foreign Aid Fails to Prepare for Ebola

Dariusz Dziewanski | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada
Dariusz Dziewanski

As Liberians and other West Africans bravely struggle to contain Ebola, Canada's foreign engagements are shifting away from they types of initiatives that could help prevent such an epidemic. Working with countries like Liberia to strengthen health systems does not seem to be in Canada's interests any longer.

Fear Won't Put a Stop to Ebola, Humanitarian Action Can

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

As I scan the latest headlines about Ebola, I think not only of the rising death numbers, but also of the children, families, and local Plan staff that I have encountered during my visits to West Africa. We can all be humanitarian actors when it comes to fighting Ebola.

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

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 08.11.2014 | 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.

Make People Experts On Their Own Lives

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada
Canadian Co-operative Association

So often in the world of international development evaluation, the voices of the people the project is targeting -- the people who are really the most important in terms of determining the impact of the project -- are absent.

50,000 South Sudanese Children Could Die This Year Without Aid

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Kirsty Duncan

South Sudan, the world's youngest country, did not mark its third anniversary on July 9 by celebrating, but by struggling to survive what the United Nations (UN) recently described as one of the gravest humanitarian and political crises in the world's history. The question that begs to be asked is will the Canadian Government now provide a second round of humanitarian funding? Thousands of children are at risk of dying this year.

Energy Poverty -- The Global Picture of Energy Access

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

According to the International Energy Agency, nearly 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity, and over 95 per cent of these live in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Though it's a few years old, the map below illustrates that statistic quite well.

It's Time to Connect the Dots on Gender-Based Violence

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Living
Rosemary McCarney

When the headlines fade, the daily, persistent, and pervasive violence against girls and women around the world will continue unabated and generally unreported. And it will persist until people and their governments start connecting the dots between these headline-making atrocities and the everyday, out of the headlines, violence targeted at girls and women on public streets, in the household, in the workplace, and in and around schools and why these incidents happen.

Will Canada Keep its Peacekeeping Promise?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Self-congratulations and blanket statements of support are not helping the children of CAR, who face crimes against humanity and war crimes. What we do now or fail to do will have an impact on society for years to come, and we will be judged on how we choose to act.

Don't Forget About the Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

The clock began ticking April 14, when the 276 girls were abducted from their dormitories. Two months have now passed, and 219 girls remain missing. The more time passes the greater the risk, including the girls being sold into marriage or engaged in the worst forms of child labor, sexual exploitation and violence and recruitment into armed groups.

There's No Excuse For Failure on Maternal and Child Health Anymore

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 08.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

The officials revealed that Prime Minister Stephen Harper was about to announce that Canada would renew its five-year $2.85-billion commitment to saving the lives of mothers, babies, and children who die needlessly from preventable causes around the world every year. After we digested that, there were lots of smiles in the room.

The Conservatives Need To Stop Attacking Canada's NGOs

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

The words "enabling environment for civil society" must mean something different to Minister Paradis than they do to the rest of us. His message does not reconcile with the Harper government's methodical actions to silence progressive civil society organizations with a disturbing combination of funding cuts, reputation assassination and appropriation of government agencies for their intimidation scheme.

Nigerian Kidnapping Signals a Larger, Global Problem That We Can Change

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

The latest headlines about the kidnapping of some 300 Nigerian girls are part of an even larger and generally unreported story -- the widespread, worldwide tolerance of violence against women and girls. While the kidnapping is clearly an act perpetrated by an extremist group, it is also much more than that.

How Entrepreneurship Can Help Fight Global Poverty

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Business is often seen by the non-profit sector and protest movements as the enemy of sustainable development in poor countries. But entrepreneurship is a key player in ending global poverty by reversing the cycle of dependency with a cycle of self-sufficiency and employment.

Why Is Our Government Leaving Crucial Questions Unanswered on South Sudan?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Will the Government send a high-level Canadian Government representative to South Sudan (and/or in coordination of other international actors as part of a delegation) to demonstrate that Canada is taking the conflict seriously, and will not accept the status quo?

Canada Must Do Its Part to Stop Violence in the Central African Republic

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Will Canada support the organization and monitoring of fair and free elections that will take place in one year? CAR must not become another Rwanda. As the Government considers what action to take, it must remember that what we do now or fail to do will have an impact on CAR society for years to come, and we will be judged on how we choose to act.

Canada, Don't Forget About South Sudan

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Will the Government of Canada support the threatened peace talks in Addis Ababa by offering mediators to the warring parties and other stakeholders? Will it support civil society coalitions, which are working for reconciliation inside South Sudan? If the violence does not stop, South Sudan could slip further into ethnic conflict.

What World Water Day Really Means

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada
Debbie Wolfe

We don't think much about water here in Canada - just turn on the tap and out it pours! But around the world, clean water is more elusive. It can mean...

Why "Voluntourism" Matters

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

A young American named Pippa Biddle wrote a piece criticizing "voluntourism" that went viral. Though I agree with much of what she says, I think Biddle is missing one essential point. The mature and thoughtful attitude she has developed on this topic is a direct result of the experiences she has had through her volunteer work overseas. Without her fumbling efforts overseas, she would never have gained the wisdom to support development in the south in a way that does not reinforce the systemic imbalance of power and privilege that is so much a part of our well-intentioned efforts to help.

Think Globally for International Women's Day

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada
Debbie Wolfe

On International Women's Day, the global picture is filled with girls for whom the schoolhouse door is closed. It's not just a matter of having one's freedom of choice limited, as it was with pioneer schoolgirls here in Canada. It's even bleaker than that.

The Four Global Conflicts That Are Affecting Millions of Children

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

While the UN Security Council holds urgent talks and Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon urges dialogue to resolve the Ukraine crisis, other areas of crisis fall to the back pages of newspapers. Yet, four level-three emergencies are currently affecting children: the Central African Republic, the Philippines, South Sudan, and Syria. The three conflicts are claiming lives and childhoods.