International Development

Canada Should Partner with Canadian NGOs to Help Rebuild Gaza

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

Now is the time for Canada to focus on long-term recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction in Gaza. Housing, health, water and sewage facilities, provision of social services, education, and psycho-social support are all areas where we can help. Canada must commit to long-term development programming in Gaza -- and a quick survey of some of Canada's NGOs suggests there are many positive and effective options for partnership.

Canada Must Talk Ebola at the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Ebola has infected nearly 24,000 people and killed almost 10,000, mainly in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. However, the impacts of Ebola extend far beyond the borders of the worst-affected countries. G7 Foreign Ministers should champion a rigorous approach to go beyond reducing transmission, to stopping the disease completely, to enabling societies to manage the consequences of the outbreak, and to preventing future outbreaks.

The Syrian Crisis' Catastrophic Impact on Children

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

The Syrian conflict is entering its fifth horrific year of escalating violence, with little sign of ending. More than 200,000 people have been killed, 10,000 of them children. Today over 12.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, including 5.6 million children. Almost 11 million Syrians have been displaced within and outside Syria, including 3.3 million refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. More than half of the refugee population are children, and 114,000 children have been born as refugees.

Sponsoring a Child Overseas Can be Sunshine in the Darkness

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

I've been lucky to have a fulfilling marriage, a job that I love and a life filled with meaning. But like anyone, I'm familiar with the stretches of hopelessness that can come when life gets to be too much -- or not nearly enough. I began sponsoring Alejandro in Bolivia when he was just five, sure that I'd be improving his life. What took me completely off-guard was the way that he's lifted mine.

Will the Minister Personally Attend the Syrian Donor Conference and Pledge?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 02.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

When I asked in question period on February 20th whether the Minister of International Development would personally attend the donor conference, pledge, and champion 5.6 million Syrian children, Canada's Parliamentary Secretary replied that: "We are still in consideration of whether or not the minister is going to attend that."

Vitamin A Helps Reduce Death From Measles

Marion Roche | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

WHO recommends vitamin A supplements to improve child survival. Vitamin A supplements have been shown to reduce the number of deaths from measles by 50 per cent, in populations with vitamin A deficiency. For children who are vitamin A deficient or undernourished, it would seem a simple solution -- immunization against measles and better nutrition -- to save lives.

Conservatives Must Be Accountable for International Development Budgets

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

We should all be asking how the government plans to engage Canadians regarding the sustainable development goals, which will focus the global development agenda for the next 15 years, and what Canada's position is on these goals.

Terror and Turmoil -- We Have Been Here Before

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

In today's wars -- no less destructive than others in history because they are undeclared -- how do we bring the fighting parties to the table? None of the usual diplomatic and military carrots and sticks are working. So what to do?

Celebrating Canadian Global Nutrition Success

Joel C. Spicer | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada
Joel C. Spicer

Without proper nutrition, many children don't make their 5th birthday. When Canada formed the Micronutrient Initiative more than 20 years ago, it highlighted the silent crisis of "hidden hunger" -- when people don't get the vitamins and minerals in their diets they need to stay alive and healthy.

2015 and the UN: Great Expectations in Times Ahead

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

2015 promises to be a transformative year on the international development front and is therefore an appropriate time to reflect on a noteworthy milestone. The United Nations enters its 70th year -- and like some 70-year-olds, the beleaguered UN has found new vigour and relevance in people's lives, with Canada playing a role in some noteworthy accomplishments.

Canada's Approach to International Development Is Embarrassing

David Himbara | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada Business
David Himbara

On close examination, however, it becomes evident that not only is Canada's approach to development assistance outdated, it is outright embarrassing and risks ruining Canada's international reputation. I often use the term "lost in transition" to describe aid that barely gets to its intended beneficiaries, a concept that is appropriate for Canada's case. Even when poorly conceived and executed aid gets to the recipient, it often does more harm than good.

This Season, South Sudan Will Celebrate the Opposite of Christmas

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Glen Pearson

Massive military egos, political conniving, and Western dilly-dallying have resulted in a potent brew. And now has come famine on a vast scale, in what the United Nations has described as perhaps the worst humanitarian disaster of this recent era. Two million people are now on the move, displaced by conflict and lack of resources.

A Glimpse of Canadian Dollars at Work, Saving Lives in Senegal

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

I recently travelled more than 6,500 kilometres to see our tax dollars at work. What I saw were lives being saved for less than the cost of a cup of takeout coffee. All Canadians should be proud.

My Humanitarian Holiday Wishes for the World

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Kirsty Duncan

During this holiday season, Canadians come together to care for one another -- we find ways to support our local communities. As we get ready to celebrate the beginning of 2015, I would like to share with you my wishes for the children who are suffering through the world's worst humanitarian crises.

Not Dealing With Climate Change Endangers More Than the Planet

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.28.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

As prosperous governments continue in their retreat from the kind of global commitment required to deal effectively with dire poverty, women's empowerment, health and educational infrastructure, they inevitably leave the world a more troubled place. That threat is compounded multiple times by the world's nations refusing to deal seriously with the challenge of climate change.

Ebola Is Still Ravaging Sierra Leone

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Despite a major scaling-up of efforts by the Government of Sierra Leone, the United Nations, the United Kingdom, donors and other partners, transmissi...

Canada Needs to Get Serious About Development Finance

Brett House | Posted 01.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Brett House

Canada is the only G7 country that doesn't have a publicly-owned, profit-driven development finance institution (DFI) that can help private business invest in jobs, growth and markets in low-income countries. We're not just missing an opportunity to raise people out of poverty: we're also missing a chance to build Canadian business while earning returns for Canada's stretched taxpayers.

25 Years of Child Rights, But Much More to Do

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

When hundreds of girls are kidnapped in Nigeria, disappearing into the night for months and counting, the world is outraged. When boys are handed guns and forced into militias, the world is shocked. When children work as slave labourers in mines, there are global cries for action. But these atrocities are only part of the picture.

Could Coffee in Myanmar Become a Social Enterprise?

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

As Director of Market Development, I have had many opportunities to travel the world and explore potential projects for the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA). Over the last few weeks I have been lucky enough to do just that in Shan State, Myanmar.

Ebola's In New York, But Don't Forget Africa

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 12.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Kirsty Duncan

My conversation with Sierra Leone shows once again that there is much work to be done, and that international community must urgently step-up its response. Canada can and must do more to help the people of West Africa, and must turn its announcements into commitments on the ground. As the United Nations said, a humane world cannot allow Africa to suffer on such an extraordinary scale.

Canada Is Failing to Fight the Greatest Health Emergency of Our Time

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

In September, I was granted my request for an emergency debate in the House of Commons to address the Ebola crisis. Unfortunately the Canadian government's response to date has been scattered and slow. Only a fraction of the protective equipment donation announced a month ago has actually made it to Africa, while health workers there are at risk because they have run out of face masks and gloves. What was heralded as a promising Ebola vaccine developed in Canada has taken too long to get to clinical trials and it will be months before it is available in affected communities.

Canada Should Not Forget the Humanitarian Crises That Aren't Making Headlines

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Will the Government of Canada make a second humanitarian contribution to South Sudan to avoid yet another human catastrophe? Moreover, given that nutrition is one of the key pillars of the Every Woman Every Child Initiative, it is counterproductive to wait until South Sudan is classified as a severe famine before intervening.

We Can Create New Realities for Girls

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

In a new global report conducted by Plan entitled Hear Our Voices, we spoke with more than 7,000 adolescent girls and boys from 11 countries in Asia, Africa, Central and South America. We wanted to learn more about what issues and concerns adolescent girls faced and how boys felt about those issues too.

Let's Remember #BringBackOurGirls on International Day of the Girl Child

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

October 11th marks the International Day of the Girl Child, a day to promote the rights of girls and address the unique challenges they face. It will also mark the 179th day since more than 270 Nigerian girls were awakened by gunfire and kidnapped from their Chibok boarding school by Boko Haram.

International Day of the Girl Child Is About Empowering Girls

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

On October 11, 2014, the world will celebrate International Day of the Girl Child. Adolescent girls are among the world's most vulnerable populations, and face a slew of unique and very real challenges. The international community needs to recognize that an empowered woman is the most effective catalyst for sustainable change, and it starts when they are teenagers. Protecting young women from violence increases their odds of completing school, and pursuing a successful and meaningful career!