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Development Unplugged

Canadian Council for International Co-operation

Development Unplugged provides a platform for cutting-edge thinking and debate on global issues and international development. Curated by the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), this blog serves as a virtual space where practitioners, researchers, and academics can share commentary and reflections on the challenges of our time.

3 Ways New Donors Are Different And Why It Matters

By Liam Swiss In January 2017, a High Level Panel report on the OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) recommended three key reforms for the DAC. One of these was that the DAC should evolve to:...
06/19/2017 09:01 EDT
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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
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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 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
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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
Anna Vogt

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
Micronutrient Initiative

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
Adam van Koeverden

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
Canadian NGO Farm Radio International

Radio And Farmers: A Love Story

Taking place annually on February 13, World Radio Day was established by UNESCO in 2011. Why dedicate a special day to celebrate a century-old technology in a new era of digital gadgets and applications? Because radio is still relevant and powerful. And, in some parts of the world, it is the medium that people rely on most.
02/10/2017 03:22 EST