International Development

Canada, Don't Forget About South Sudan

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 04.09.2014 | 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 03.20.2014 | 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 03.13.2014 | 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 03.07.2014 | 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 03.14.2014 | 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.

What Corporations Can Do For International Women's Day

Nick Cowling | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

There's no shortage of examples of how a company's commitment to an issue can inspire an entire country to act. The right for a woman to walk down the street in a developing nation without the fear or reality of being raped has not yet been one of those examples. I think it has incredible potential and power with Canada's own women and men, a unique opportunity to create a legacy of fostering systemic change globally.

A Loud Message from Girls for Malala -- and the World

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

Over the past nine months, I learned first hand the truth of one well-worn cliché -- a picture really is worth a thousand words. In this case, it's a select group of photos of young girls from around the world that forcefully convey their struggles for basic human rights.

Bees Gave This Ethiopian Youth Co-Op a Chance to Thrive

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

Tezana Kassa was once afraid of bees. Strange, I thought, for someone whose livelihood is now so wrapped up in a co-operative honey bee apiary he and 25 other youth began just weeks ago here in the parched Amhara region of northern Ethiopia.

Canada Must Protect the Children of the Central African Republic

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

A total of 2.3-million children are at risk of becoming victims of attacks, and there are more than 6,000 child soldiers in CAR, many of whom are forced to commit atrocities. And sexual violence against girls is increasing. These attacks against children have reached appalling, indefensible levels. Surely Canada can, and must, do more beyond this week's announcement of an additional $5 million.

How Will Canada Help the Central African Republic Crisis?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

The United Nations ranks the Central African Republic a level three emergency, among the top three humanitarian emergencies globally. The non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are concerned about the lack of awareness of this crisis. What can the government do to raise awareness of the crisis in the international community and at home in Canada?

Canada Must Act to Stop Child Marriages Now

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Canadians should know that early and forced marriage is not just an issue of developing countries. For example, recently there were 100 documented cases in Ontario, involving young girls who left Canada and were forced to marry. We need real action, an area where this government often stumbles badly.

Why Isn't Canada a Leader in International Development?

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

This week is International Development Week. This year's theme is "We are Making a Difference." Canada should be making a difference -- a real, sustainable difference. Unfortunately, under the Conservative government, we are going in the wrong direction.

University Student Finds Potential Malaria Treatment At The Grocery Store

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Impact
University of Toronto News

For first-year University of Toronto student Jessie MacAlpine, finding a potential treatment for malaria was almost too easy. First, she stumbled upon an herbicide compound through research in high school, then she read an article about how herbicides could be used to treat malaria, and then the "Eureka!" moment came.

Ice Storms, Typhoons and Even Wars Can't Beat Human Resilience

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

During the ice storm, people on my street helped each other in a number of ways, from providing food and shelter to clearing tree branches. People rose to the occasion. The community came together. Whether it is in Toronto, Tacloban or the South Sudanese capital of Juba, neighbours are the first responders. They are the ones who will rescue us from the rubble.

It's Time for Africa to Rise

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada
Canadian Co-operative Association

There is a new optimism associated with Africa these days. The phrase "Africa Rising" is showing up with regular frequency in media reports within the continent and beyond, and instead of a steady diet of African despair and failure, we are finally hearing about African innovation and success. Perhaps it is finally Africa's turn, and we at the Canadian Co-operative Association will have front row seats for a long-overdue African renaissance.

Three 2013 Moments with Profound Implications for our Future

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

Three remarkable events from the past year stand out from my perspective as the head of an international development agency. All made headlines at the time, but those headlines merely touched the surface of the events' profound ramifications as we look forward to 2014.

Doing Good and Proving It

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

I am convinced that co-operatives offer a fair, equitable and ethical tool for generating employment and income -- both here in Canada and in communities throughout the developing world. That is probably not a very surprising statement, coming from someone who has worked for co-operatives for most of my adult life.

How Co-Ops Are Making a Difference in Nicaragua

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Business
Canadian Co-operative Association

Nicaragua is a land of extremes: a deeply scarred paradise with placid lakes and active volcanoes; warm, welcoming people, divided by class and polarized by politics. Yet, in this divisive environment, Canadian-assisted co-ops are a unifying force, bringing people together to work for the common good.

My Experience as a Trainer With the CCA Women's Mentorship Program

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business
Canadian Co-operative Association

It may be difficult for Canadians to imagine what it is like to be a woman manager of a financial institution in a developing country. I met 45 of the...

Life in Malawi as a CCA Intern

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

This really is a special time in my life and my career. While after seven weeks I haven't made many friends here, found anywhere to go dancing or taken any solo adventures outside the capital city of Lilongwe, I'm enjoying Malawian culture. If you'd like to pretend you're living here as a CCA volunteer, try this routine:

Co-ops Looking to Help Fill Leadership Void in Post-Conflict Uganda

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

Co-operatives have long been an effective way for impoverished and struggling communities to come together to lift themselves up and achieve greater prosperity. Today that same co-operative model is being put to use in countries throughout the developing world. Uganda is just one such example.

Co-operating for Peace

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Canadian Co-operative Association

The Canadian Co-operative Association is not, and has never been, a humanitarian relief effort. You won't often find us in the middle of a major human...

Growing Independent Co-operatives in Myanmar, One Person at a Time

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

In 2013 Moh Moh was the first woman ever from Myanmar to participate in the Canadian Co-operative Association's Women's Mentorship Program, a specialized training program for women credit union professionals from around the world. Her participation is all the more striking when one considers Myanmar's recent history.

Co-Operatives Supporting Ugandan Farmers Share the Wealth

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 12.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

Baina Omugisa means "the lucky ones," but the members of BOMIDO Co-operative Society in the Masindi district of Western Uganda are making their own luck by working hard and sharing the knowledge they have gained through IFAPI to grow their farms and increase the amount they earn from their produce.

Disabilities in Ethiopia: The Same, But Different as Canada

Krista O'Brien | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Krista O'Brien

It is incredible to see how people with disabilities are being included and advocated for now, compared to how they have been treated and excluded in the past. The work is not done yet; there are still many ways to improve the quality of life and opportunities available for people with disabilities in Ethiopia.