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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.
Radio And Farmers: A Love

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
10 Reasons Trudeau Could Increase Canadian Aid In

10 Reasons Trudeau Could Increase Canadian Aid In 2017

As we approach budget day and speculate about how the government will address the many priorities, commitments and demands they face, we in the international development sector have been working together to build a solid case for why Budget 2017 needs to include a substantive increase in international assistance.
02/07/2017 02:27 EST
The International Year Of Pulses Was Just The

The International Year Of Pulses Was Just The Beginning

Pulses have great potential for human nutrition due to their high protein content compared to other vegetables. Despite this, global research funding for pulse crops remains very small compared to investments made in cereal crops.
01/17/2017 12:39 EST
A Quiet Siege In South

A Quiet Siege In South Sudan

The Equatorian region had been regarded as the green belt of South Sudan. That's a big deal for a country teetering on the brink of a food crisis since its inception. Its staple crops such as sorghum and maize have helped local farmers earn a meagre living, helped by the fact that the area is home to major trading routes between Juba and neighbouring countries of Uganda and Kenya.
12/22/2016 08:36 EST
Using Digital Tech To Improve Life For

Using Digital Tech To Improve Life For Refugees

There is no one-size-fits all system to improve health. This is true for everyone -- and especially for refugee populations living in fragile and humanitarian contexts, where the right to health is far from guaranteed. Recognizing this, e-Sahha was designed not only to improve the timeliness and outreach of health monitoring, but also to gather feedback from pregnant women and other users about the perceived and actual quality of care they received.
12/20/2016 08:10 EST
Rebuilding Haiti Through Citizen Engagement And Human Rights

Rebuilding Haiti Through Citizen Engagement And Human Rights Education

The Citizenship Engagement Program in Haiti, developed in the context of post-earthquake reconstruction, provides Haitian citizens with the toolkit and pedagogical tools "JE m'engage, ensemble NOUS bâtissons" (I commit, together WE build) to facilitate co-operation within communities, with the common goal of economic, social and cultural development based on human rights.
12/09/2016 03:47 EST
We Need To Help Protect The People Most Affected By Climate

We Need To Help Protect The People Most Affected By Climate Change

Poor countries, including those in Africa, bear by far the most impact from climate change. Droughts and floods have devastating consequences on agriculture and staple food prices. According to a World Bank study, by 2030, climate change will likely have pushed an additional 100 million people below the poverty line.
12/06/2016 03:38 EST
Volunteerism Is Essential For Achieving The Global

Volunteerism Is Essential For Achieving The Global Goals

Volunteering gives global citizens a tangible way to contribute to education, health, governance, sustainable livelihoods, security and peace, environment, gender equality and social inclusion. It provides opportunities for everyone to play an active and meaningful part in the international effort to reduce poverty and inequality.
12/05/2016 08:04 EST
Effective Development Requires Civil

Effective Development Requires Civil Society

This week, the international development community is gathering in Nairobi for the Second High Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC). The goal of these meetings is to build a better global framework for more effective development.
12/01/2016 04:36 EST
Connecting Research And Policy To Strengthen Health

Connecting Research And Policy To Strengthen Health Systems

The Government of Canada has made health system improvement a priority -- with research playing a vital role in producing the evidence and innovations that are needed to ensure that our health-care systems remain effective and sustainable.
11/24/2016 02:58 EST
Canadian Doctors Seek To Improve Emergency Health Care In

Canadian Doctors Seek To Improve Emergency Health Care In Ethiopia

As an emergency physician in Toronto, Canada's largest city, I am privileged to have access to the latest research evidence, medical tools and technology. I also have access to a network of professional colleagues who I can call on for advice and assistance. Imagine how challenging it must be in low-income countries where healthcare resources are scarce and trained health professionals are in short supply.
11/21/2016 05:11 EST
Listen To Community Health Workers To Strengthen Health

Listen To Community Health Workers To Strengthen Health Systems

The Ebola crisis in West Africa was not tackled solely by humanitarian agencies, NGOs and governments. In fact, it was the integral role of community health workers that bridged the very large gap between the national health systems and the community in tackling the rapidity and aggressiveness of the epidemic.
11/18/2016 04:00 EST
Cuba: Long-Term Efforts Amidst A Hurricane

Cuba: Long-Term Efforts Amidst A Hurricane Response

Hurricane Matthew left its own path of destruction in Cuba. After hitting Haiti, the storm made landfall over the eastern tip of Cuba. Aerial photographs of the affected region show a shattered landscape with crops wiped out; buildings, schools and key infrastructure destroyed; and homes left in ruin.
11/16/2016 12:40 EST
Youth Breaking Boundaries: Canadian Priorities For Global

Youth Breaking Boundaries: Canadian Priorities For Global Health

Global health transcends boundaries. But it also transcends domains and disciplines of practice. Canada is positioned to play a strategic role as a leader on the international development stage, and this means that integrating youth leaders into global discourses, particularly relating to health, is vital.
11/14/2016 04:49 EST
Bridging The Humanitarian-Development Divide In The Health

Bridging The Humanitarian-Development Divide In The Health Sector

Over 2 billion people, and a growing share of the world's poor, live in the 35 countries considered fragile or conflict states in 2016. And whether we are talking about pandemics, war, or prolonged occupation, these conditions devastate health systems and have lasting impacts on the physical and mental health of affected populations.
11/08/2016 03:59 EST
Achieve Real Gender Equality For Adolescent

Achieve Real Gender Equality For Adolescent Health

Sexual and reproductive health and rights are a cornerstone of adolescents' transition to adulthood, yet limited access to sexual and reproductive health services is preventing women and girls from leading safe, healthy, and dignified lives.
11/03/2016 01:08 EDT
How An Impatient Doctor Got Passionate About Health

How An Impatient Doctor Got Passionate About Health Systems

While I am a doctor with a strong inner-surgeon-voice, my years working and living in countries in Africa and in urban and rural Canada convinced me long ago that we need to pay attention not just to vaccines and drugs, not even just to health care and health services, but to the ideas, money, conflicts, and energy behind what we see.
11/01/2016 03:51 EDT
Syrian Refugees: Shifting From Crisis Response To

Syrian Refugees: Shifting From Crisis Response To Opportunity

Now that Syrian newcomers have arrived safely in Canada, they can start building their new lives. As the focus shifts from managing the large number of arrivals to integrating families, particularly youth, we see a critical need for more collaboration, research, and knowledge sharing of best practices in Canada and around the world.
10/25/2016 03:10 EDT
Can We End Hunger By

Can We End Hunger By 2030?

Over the last 25 years, the number of people suffering from hunger dropped by 50%. Yet, in 2015, there were still 800 million people suffering from hunger in developing countries -- this amounts to twice the population of the entire North American continent.
10/24/2016 01:45 EDT