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Development Unplugged

By the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, Canada’s national coalition of civil society organizations working globally to achieve sustainable human development

This blog focuses on international development and other global issues. It was established by the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) as a virtual space where practitioners, researchers, and academics can share commentary, reflections and lessons learned. It provides a platform for cutting edge thinking and debate on the global issues and challenges of our time.
We Need To Go Beyond Development Stereotypes To Empower

We Need To Go Beyond Development Stereotypes To Empower Women

In truth, too much of contemporary development work relies on stereotypes. And while overly simplistic and ingrained ideas about men, women and the poor may be useful for fundraising purposes, when put into practice by organizations they contribute to ineffective development planning.
06/08/2017 08:57 EDT
Inclusive Growth: Buzzword Or

Inclusive Growth: Buzzword Or Innovation?

Global examples demonstrate there is no single solution. We are left with two fundamental questions: Is it possible to measure success in promoting inclusive growth? And will that convince policymakers and citizens alike that inclusive growth is worth the investment?
05/03/2017 03:24 EDT
Wealth Under Her Feet: How Gender Equality Unlocks Women's Economic

Wealth Under Her Feet: How Gender Equality Unlocks Women's Economic Potential

We often hear from farmers who, upon learning there is water underground they can access in times of drought, feel like they have discovered a gold mine right under their feet. All it takes is to build a well. It is not unlike the experience of women living in poverty who discover the wealth and potential they hold within themselves.
04/27/2017 11:43 EDT
NAFTA Renegotiations Must Prioritize Climate Change

NAFTA Renegotiations Must Prioritize Climate Change Goals

Canada, and not just Mexico, may be in for a rough ride when it renegotiates NAFTA with the United States. When it comes to fighting climate change, however, the ride will be rougher. Trade provisions will likely continue to be a stumbling block in any efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
04/20/2017 05:07 EDT
The Keys To Effective

The Keys To Effective Development

Global development is an exercise in cooperation. If development is to be effective -- and sustainable -- it must be pursued through partnership with a variety of stakeholders at a variety of levels. Governments, civil society organizations (CSOs), or the private sector cannot achieve lasting positive change alone. Local, national, regional, and global institutions and communities must be engaged.
04/10/2017 04:42 EDT
Transforming Communities Through The Power Of

Transforming Communities Through The Power Of Grandmothers

Grandmothers across the globe play a far more important role than the go-to babysitter on date night. As it turns out, we've learned that grandmothers are vital to not only caring for young children but also advising and educating younger women in their communities on all aspects of family well-being.
04/05/2017 05:41 EDT
Invest In Women To Reduce Post-Harvest

Invest In Women To Reduce Post-Harvest Losses

About 80 percent of this food loss happens during harvesting and storage. And studies across most African countries show that women provide the majority of the labour for harvesting and storage. This is where investing in women can make a difference.
04/04/2017 03:08 EDT
When More Women Work, Economies

When More Women Work, Economies Grow

Encouraging men to take active roles in unpaid care and domestic work and adjusting their perceptions around women's productive and reproductive roles goes a long way in enhancing women's economic empowerment.
03/31/2017 05:46 EDT
The Reality Of Gender And Community In The South

The Reality Of Gender And Community In The South Pacific

Women across the South Pacific face serious risk from violence, lack of economic opportunities, under-representation in leadership and limited access to healthcare and education. However, one only needs to be a woman in the South Pacific to know that such declarations and promises have yet to reach them or are ineffective within existing community structures.
03/29/2017 04:53 EDT
Alive They Were Taken, And Alive We Want Them

Alive They Were Taken, And Alive We Want Them Returned

This cry, "alive they were taken, and alive we want them!" has been taken up by the Caravan of Central American Mothers Searching for their Sons and Daughters. The Caravan is made up of women of all ages, wearing photos of their missing children around their necks and carrying the flags of their countries.
03/28/2017 08:22 EDT
Taking A Feminist Approach To

Taking A Feminist Approach To Development

This year, among other things, we will need to take stock of Canada's Minister of International Development's proclamation that the government will have a feminist approach to international assistance.
03/23/2017 05:40 EDT
A Path Towards Greater Gender Equality In

A Path Towards Greater Gender Equality In Tanzania

the very purpose of legislation is to have impact; to create positive change. While it may not be apparent, policy wields great power. Often, experiences of discrimination, violence, or marginalization are direct results of legislation and the tools used to achieve their objective.
03/20/2017 12:54 EDT
Proper Nutrition Is Essential To Empowering Women And

Proper Nutrition Is Essential To Empowering Women And Girls

Malnutrition remains one of the most persistent barriers to women's empowerment, with millions of women and girls around the world eating least and last. Such gendered inequalities in nutritional access and opportunity compound the negative and cyclical effects of poverty and undercut development initiatives before they have a chance to succeed.
03/15/2017 10:33 EDT
Disaster Risk Reduction: An Insurance Policy For Sustainable

Disaster Risk Reduction: An Insurance Policy For Sustainable Development

There are ways to reduce disaster risk in all countries. And all countries can learn from the good practices of others. National governments, civil society organizations, and private sector representatives from across the Americas came together in Montreal last week for the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas.
03/13/2017 02:00 EDT
Accessing Safe Water Is Still A Journey For

Accessing Safe Water Is Still A Journey For Many

Madagascar is famous for its unique wildlife, the cartoon movies that bear its name, and for vanilla. There is also another aspect that sets Madagascar apart: over half of its 22 million inhabitants don't have access to safe drinking water, and 90 per cent don't have access to proper sanitation or a toilet.
03/10/2017 03:15 EST
An Invisible Mosaic In A World Of Contraction: The View From

An Invisible Mosaic In A World Of Contraction: The View From B.C.

Today we have a digital, geospatial on-line map of British Columbia that anyone can filter to view who is working on any number of the SDGs from gender equality to climate change to eradicating hunger and poverty both domestically and internationally.
02/27/2017 02:07 EST