International Development

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

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 07.14.2014 | 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 07.08.2014 | 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 06.27.2014 | 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 06.26.2014 | 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 06.25.2014 | 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 06.17.2014 | 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.

What Corporations Can Do For International Women's Day

Nick Cowling | Posted 05.06.2014 | 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 05.05.2014 | 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.