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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.
A Cure Has No Use If It Cannot Be Widely Distributed, Managed And

A Cure Has No Use If It Cannot Be Widely Distributed, Managed And Accessed

Sixty years ago the scientific community developed what was thought to be a cure for TB. Several years before we landed on the moon, we had in our grasp the means to end to an epidemic that had ravaged the world for centuries. But since that time we have become complacent and neglectful.
10/05/2016 04:38 EDT
Lessons From Loyce Maturu And Other Global Fund

Lessons From Loyce Maturu And Other Global Fund Reflections

By the time Loyce was 10, both her mother and her younger brother had died of AIDS and tuberculosis. She didn't know she was suffering from the same diseases until she was diagnosed two years later, and her young and difficult life was once again turned upside down.
09/27/2016 04:30 EDT
Canadian Youth Must Show Up And Speak Out For The

Canadian Youth Must Show Up And Speak Out For The SDGs

"I'm frustrated with Canada." I was attending a workshop on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and this declaration from our facilitator left me thinking, "What did we do now?" In fact, it was what we didn't do.
09/22/2016 03:25 EDT
How Policy Coherence Helps The SDG Wheels

How Policy Coherence Helps The SDG Wheels Turn

Now is the time to make sure that the right policies and processes are in place to guide sustainable development according to the timeline that the 2030 Agenda requires -- there can be no time for confusion or delay. As UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson observed, implementation of the SDGs is now in the hands of policy-makers.
09/20/2016 03:44 EDT
Creativity Is Key To Ending HIV In El

Creativity Is Key To Ending HIV In El Salvador

What does it mean to reach vulnerable populations? How do we locate them, let alone create programs that will help them to access health care? National statistics tell us that among El Salvador's general population, an estimated 0.5 per cent of people have HIV, consistent with other countries in the region.
09/13/2016 03:35 EDT
G20 Summit Offered Little Of Substance For The World's

G20 Summit Offered Little Of Substance For The World's Poorest

China intended this summit be a break from the past, a substance discussion on global issues, with a focus on oft-neglected international development. This would indeed have been very timely, energizing support for Agenda 2030 and a big plus for China's leadership. However, it never seemed to happen.
09/12/2016 05:40 EDT
Why We Need A Global Approach To Eliminating HIV, TB And

Why We Need A Global Approach To Eliminating HIV, TB And Malaria

It's in everyone's interest to take a global and strongly humanitarian approach to eliminating HIV, TB and malaria; we need to think beyond the confines of nation-states in relation to diseases that have no respect for borders. The human costs of these three devastating illnesses are too high.
09/07/2016 05:41 EDT
The World Social Forum : A Giant Tapestry For Social

The World Social Forum : A Giant Tapestry For Social Justice

Many pieces are needed to build global justice. First there are the issues themselves: human rights; democracy; gender equality; respect of Indigenous rights; climate and mining justice; peace, and so much more. Then there is the research, analysis, actions and mobilization required to make change happen. And finally of course, the people themselves who tirelessly make it all happen.
09/02/2016 04:23 EDT
U.S.-Canadian Leadership's Global Fight For Better

U.S.-Canadian Leadership's Global Fight For Better Health

When it comes to ensuring health and well-being around the globe, no one can be left behind. This ambitious goal is at stake as global leaders come together in Montreal this month to pledge commitments to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) for the organization's 2017-2019 funding cycle.
09/01/2016 02:13 EDT
A Brush With Death Taught Me Luck Alone Won't Keep Aid Workers

A Brush With Death Taught Me Luck Alone Won't Keep Aid Workers Safe

Our calm, peaceful morning was shattered with sudden gunfire, like the cracking of a whip. I remembered thinking how unprepared I was -- we all were -- to be in that situation. At the time, I knew there were risks, but my youthful naiveté led me to the conclusion I was immune to them. Now I know better.
08/19/2016 08:13 EDT
How Canada Can Become A Leader In Global Development

How Canada Can Become A Leader In Global Development Cooperation

Canada has a strong record of contributing to global peace and prosperity. Canada's international development and humanitarian actions have for decades allowed it to play a proactive and positive role on the world stage. But in order to ensure sustainable development in a quickly changing landscape, both domestically and internationally, we must do things differently.
08/18/2016 01:49 EDT
Canadian International Assistance Threatens Human Right To

Canadian International Assistance Threatens Human Right To Water

A real transformation of Canada's role in the world will require more than a shift in foreign aid spending and policy. It will require a deeper examination of the ways in which Canadian commercial interests are contributing to social, economic and environmental injustice in the world.
08/11/2016 06:03 EDT
Canada's Humanitarian Action Must Be Feminist And

Canada's Humanitarian Action Must Be Feminist And Principled

Global humanitarian need is on the rise. The UN estimates that 125 million people need humanitarian relief and more than 60 million people are displaced from their homes. The Government of Canada's international assistance review could not have come at a more critical time. Disasters do not discriminate, but ultimately due to structural gender inequalities kill more women than men, and affect women's livelihoods hardest. Sixty per cent of all maternal deaths take place in humanitarian settings and all forms of gender based violence against women and girls spike during disasters and conflict.
08/09/2016 01:23 EDT
What We Really Really Want Is An End To Violence Against

What We Really Really Want Is An End To Violence Against Women

It is estimated that globally 1 out of 3 women will be physically or sexually assaulted in her lifetime. In some countries, rates of violence against women are so high that we have a term for it: femicide. Women around the world continue to be afraid to say no to sex, for fear of being shamed, beaten, or even killed. It needs to change.
07/29/2016 12:33 EDT
How Canada Should Support Low-carbon Growth

How Canada Should Support Low-carbon Growth Abroad

At last year's Paris climate change agreement, all countries committed to help adapt to climate change and reduce emissions. Canada's official development assistance (ODA) now needs to focus on realizing these commitments. Ensuring maximum impact will require attending to areas where need is greatest and where Canada has particular expertise.
07/22/2016 11:09 EDT
Canada Must Find Focus Before It Can Be A Global Aid

Canada Must Find Focus Before It Can Be A Global Aid Leader

From among the hundreds of worthy pursuits, Canada must focus. Drawing on the consultation paper, there are three themes that could give shape to Canadian assistance. Canada could find clarity by prioritizing women, vulnerable states and human rights.
07/15/2016 05:53 EDT
A Feminist Approach To Peace And Security Requires More Than

A Feminist Approach To Peace And Security Requires More Than Words

The critical importance of bringing women into peace-building in a transformative way is still not part of the worldview of the majority working in this area. All too often "women, peace and security" investments are perceived as luxuries or marginal after-thoughts.
07/14/2016 01:31 EDT
Three Amigos Must Speak On Mexican Human

Three Amigos Must Speak On Mexican Human Rights

Today, Mexicans live under the constant threat of extreme violence at the hands of law enforcement officials who violate international human rights norms with near total impunity. Those who speak up for human rights are at particular risk. Democracy is at risk.
07/08/2016 02:18 EDT
Canada Must Take A Stand Against Human Rights

Canada Must Take A Stand Against Human Rights Violations

Women, men and youth must be free to participate in the debates and processes that lay the ground for good governance and lead to good public policy. Yet around the world Amnesty International has documented a worrying trend in exactly the opposite direction.
07/07/2016 02:12 EDT