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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.
It's Time To Give Shape To Canada's Place In The

It's Time To Give Shape To Canada's Place In The World

"Canada's back" and "Because it's 2015" are two phrases that have triggered a process that could reshape Canada's image in the world. Last month, Global Affairs Canada launched a review and consultation on their proposed approach to international assistance -- a process that could give meaningful shape to these phrases.
07/06/2016 04:39 EDT
Can We Count On Technology To Address Our Environmental

Can We Count On Technology To Address Our Environmental Challenges?

How much can emerging technologies help change our environment, and will they alone help address some of the environmental challenges we are faced with? This question was the focus of a Global Environmental Outlook launched by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in May, alongside six Regional Assessments.
06/23/2016 11:00 EDT
3 Takeaways From The World Humanitarian

3 Takeaways From The World Humanitarian Summit

If there was one area of near total consensus, it was that the present 'humanitarian system' is unable to cope with the global crises and scale of suffering around the world. Established long-ago and now pressed with unprecedented levels of needs, the system simply isn't fit for purpose anymore. And so aspirations for the WHS were high.
06/15/2016 01:23 EDT
Is Canada Ready To Support Least Developed

Is Canada Ready To Support Least Developed Countries?

Will Antalya now stir our pro-poor Canadian government into moving from talk to walking via a new focus on aid for the LDCs/fragiles? The immediate option is easy and cheap -- but a real partnership requires more than funding.
06/14/2016 04:23 EDT
Canada's Return To UN Peacekeeping: Are We There

Canada's Return To UN Peacekeeping: Are We There Yet?

For a country like Canada, peacekeeping made sense for over four decades, and it makes even more sense today. Canada has no immediate threats to its territory and, as an outward-looking trading nation, has a built-in commitment to a stable, rules-based international order.
05/31/2016 11:48 EDT
Humanitarian Financing: Investing In The Future Of Aid

Humanitarian Financing: Investing In The Future Of Aid Delivery

The global humanitarian system is failing at the same time as it has also never been better equipped to respond to emergencies and crises. There are countless aid organizations and hundreds of thousands of experienced and dedicated humanitarian aid workers helping the most vulnerable around the globe.
05/23/2016 10:53 EDT
Changing People's Lives: From Delivering Aid To Ending

Changing People's Lives: From Delivering Aid To Ending Need

If we are to achieve a world that has put an end to extreme poverty and preventable maternal and child death, a world where children have quality education and a chance at opportunity, a world that is environmentally and economically sustainable, we will need a new and more comprehensive approach to development and humanitarian response.
05/19/2016 11:06 EDT
Natural Disasters: Managing Risks And Crises

Natural Disasters: Managing Risks And Crises Differently

When Canada's Development Minister Bibeau joins with world leaders in Istanbul later in May for the World Humanitarian Summit, she will have a lot of very critical issues to consider. One of the leaders' High-Level Round Tables, entitled "Managing Risks and Crises Differently," will focus on disasters, climate change and community resilience.
05/18/2016 12:45 EDT
Women And Girls: Catalyzing Action To Achieve Gender

Women And Girls: Catalyzing Action To Achieve Gender Equality

Social upheaval caused by conflict pushes women to discover strengths and capacities within themselves, acquire new degrees of self-consciousness and skills, gain decision-making power within the household and achieve visibility in their communities.
05/17/2016 10:36 EDT
Leaving No One Behind: A Commitment To Address Forced

Leaving No One Behind: A Commitment To Address Forced Displacement

There are 60 million displaced people in the world. Every day, 42,000 more are forcibly uprooted by armed conflicts, natural disasters, persecution and inequality. Most aren't trying to reach Europe or faraway Canada. Their destinations are often those nearest to the emergency.
05/16/2016 11:24 EDT
What Happens When The Leaders Of The World

What Happens When The Leaders Of The World Convene?

The core humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence underpin the day-to-day operations of humanitarian organisations. Those providing humanitarian assistance today do so in a highly complex environment that is often characterized by widespread abuses of human rights and violent conflicts.
05/11/2016 11:48 EDT
Political Leadership Is Necessary To Prevent And End Global

Political Leadership Is Necessary To Prevent And End Global Conflicts

Going into the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul, there are good reasons why conflict and violence remain high on the agenda, but these reasons are not new. Conflicts and violence exact a brutal toll on people and affected communities as tragic civilian deaths, injuries, rape and torture become a daily experience
05/10/2016 10:01 EDT
Opportunities And Challenges At The World Humanitarian

Opportunities And Challenges At The World Humanitarian Summit

On May 23-24, governments, political leaders, civil society organizations, and the private sector will come together in Istanbul for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). This major international event comes as the world is experiencing extreme human suffering.
05/09/2016 01:53 EDT
How Should We Measure Sustainable

How Should We Measure Sustainable Development?

With 17 SDGs and 169 associated targets, discerning our route and measuring our progress toward these targets and goals is all about finding the right indicators. Unfortunately, we don't yet have a single index to measure sustainability that brings together social, economic and environmental changes.
05/05/2016 02:40 EDT
Make Giving Back A Part Of Your Routine And A

Make Giving Back A Part Of Your Routine And A Priority

Even as a kid Tamara had ambitions of "saving the world," with visions of travelling abroad to help vulnerable people. A proud Canadian, Tamara says she feels so fortunate to have been born here: "It's like winning the lottery, being born in Canada. So we owe it. As Canadians we have an obligation to help others."
04/22/2016 11:07 EDT
A Long-Term Community Partnering Approach To Poverty

A Long-Term Community Partnering Approach To Poverty Reduction

World Vision (WV) has been contributing to the improvement of children's well-being in different parts of the developing world for a very long time. We do this mainly through the "development program approach," which has been rooted in decades of field experience.
04/19/2016 12:43 EDT
Federal Budget Disappoints On International

Federal Budget Disappoints On International Development

Budget 2016 is a step in the right direction, and a welcome course correction from the repeated cuts of the past five years. But it's a very small step. Much more will be needed to match the ambitions of the new government to the needs of the planet and its people.
04/12/2016 05:47 EDT
Canadian Civil Society Organizations Need To Reinvest In Political

Canadian Civil Society Organizations Need To Reinvest In Political Advocacy

The prime minister and officials in Global Affairs Canada have indicated through both words and action a desire to create a more collaborative and consultative relationship with Civil Society Organizations . But are Canadian CSOs taking advantage of the thaw to engage in advocacy to hold the government to account for the impacts of its policies on global justice?
04/08/2016 10:54 EDT
Reconciling Economic Security, Environmental Protection And Social

Reconciling Economic Security, Environmental Protection And Social Justice

The world changed quite dramatically in the years after Agenda 21 was framed. Neoliberalism -- with its signature policy prescriptions of privatization, deregulation, trade liberalization, financialization, structural adjustment, welfare cutbacks and monetarist shock therapy -- became the drug of choice or necessity for much of the world.
03/31/2016 04:21 EDT