International Development

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 12.04.2015 | 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 11.30.2015 | 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 11.26.2015 | 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.

The UN SDGs Can Use Its Weakness As Its Strength

Kourosh Houshmand | Posted 11.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Kourosh Houshmand

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are a commitment ratified by the United Nations and 193 signatory states -- the largest participation since the UN's inception. These SDGs are not about environmentalism; they're about the sustainable direction of the world -- be it social, socio-economic, or environmental.

These Are The Faces Of Resilience In South Sudan

World Vision | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

South Sudan is a tough place to live. The world's newest nation is less than five years old and it's been ranked as the most fragile country on earth for the past two years. Yet the proud people who live there hold great potential and targeted, effective aid is building more faces of resilience.

Let's recognize the Impact of Vitamin A on World Sight Day

Marion Roche | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

October 8 is World Sight Day. As I reflect on World Sight Day 2015's call to action: "Eye care for all", I'm struck by how much Canadians have already contributed towards one key aspect of eye care -- preventing blindness.

What We Need to Attain the Sustainable Development Goals

Development Unplugged | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

The SDGs represent an opportunity for Canada to examine how it can engage globally and how it can exercise leadership, both at home and abroad, to address sustainable development challenges. However, unless -- and until -- the financial aspects of the SDGs are properly addressed, the post-2015 agenda will remain a set of elusive goals.

I Am Quitting the Conservatives Because of Stephen Harper's Politics

Samuel Getachew | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

By the time you read this column, my membership in the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario will likely be revoked (if not, I will resign). I will no longer be the director of a riding association in the Toronto Centre Conservative Association. This is not because I am no longer useful to the once-proud party of Bill Davis, John Robarts and, yes, Christine Elliott, but because I am coming out against comrade Stephen Harper -- our party's federal counterpart. The Stephen Harper era has made us too partisan, extremely fearful of our neighbours, cheerleaders in world affairs, less tolerant to new immigrants and refugees and mere observers in the affairs of our country -- instead of active actors.

Let's Leave No One Behind With the New Sustainable Development Goals

Plan International Canada | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Pregnancy is still one of the leading causes of death of girls in developing countries between 15 and 18. Worldwide, 16,000 children under five die every day. Girls and boys are left behind because of who they are or where they live. Women and girls from ethnic minorities have fared worst, and discriminated against because of their sex and race. Girls living in towns or cities are much more likely to have access to a skilled birth attendant than young women living in remote parts.

How Parties Engage on Foreign Policy Can Tell Voters a Lot

Development Unplugged | Posted 09.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

On Sept. 28, 2015, The Munk Centre will host Canada's first-ever federal election debate. We can expect to see any number of key issues on the table -- Canada's track record on trade and investment, engagement in Syria, our approach to Palestine and Israel, refugee policy -- There is a lot of ground to cover. For international development, there is really one key question: Will parties commit to increasing Canada's foreign aid budget?

Yes, Women's Equality Is Still a Political Issue

Oxfam Canada | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Oxfam Canada

When we ask our political leaders to talk about issues affecting women what we're asking for is a conversation about the unseen and largely unacknowledged inequalities that affect girls and women throughout their lives. I have a daughter. Like every Canadian woman, she's growing up in a country where to be female is to be overrepresented in poorly paid part-time work; under-represented at every level of authority and power; and so devalued as a worker that virtually any sector that attracts a female workforce pays less than sectors dominated by males.

Are We on Track for Our Global Education Goals?

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Impact
Mona Elisabeth Brother

The fast approaching deadline for the Millennium Development Goals is a reminder of vital commitments by all the global society on priorities vital for development. On July 6-7 2015, Norway hosted a global summit on education for development and attempted to do precisely this.

Dare to Dream in Technicolour for a Better World

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

In September, I take up my new responsibilities in Geneva, Switzerland as Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament. The UN reflects the dreams and aspirations of not just Canadians but of the world. My new role will allow me to address global challenges from a different perspective than I've had at Plan Canada, but as I prepare to leave I reflect on a few proud accomplishments that bolster my confidence and hope for the future.

We Need to Focus on Sexual Violence During Humanitarian Crises

Plan International Canada | Posted 06.20.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Girls raped at the tender age of seven, some made pregnant at nine. Young women sold as property. A 20-year-old burned alive because she refused to comply with sexual demands and three girls attempting suicide by eating rat poison instead of submitting to their captors.

Will Canada Remain Committed to Helping Children in Emergency Situations?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

his year has already become the worst year since 1945 for children who have been displaced and forced to flee as refugees, and for children who had their schools attacked and destroyed. Canadians should know about these crises, their impacts on children, and how youth can be better protected and educated in emergency situations.

Momentum Is Building in the Global Fight Against Malnutrition

Joel C. Spicer | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Joel C. Spicer

In the coming months, a unique alignment of global events has the potential to fuse together leadership, partnership, commitment, and action for nutrition that could change the lives of millions. The opportunity is right in front of us if we are courageous enough to seize it.

Canada Must Meet Our Obligations to Support Developing Countries

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

Despite repeated requests from the NDP and Canadian civil society, the Conservatives refused to increase the Official Development Assistance budget. Canada now ranks among the worst OECD countries for ODA spending. Not only does this directly limit our ability to fulfill our mandate of poverty eradication, it hurts our credibility as a reliable partner for international development.