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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.
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Gender Equality Spices Up The Global Economy

It's International Women's Day and what better way to celebrate than to take a bite of a sweet, red chili pepper. You may not know it, but these can be a critical ingredient of women's empowerment. Well, they're actually a critical ingredient for picante de pollo, a popular chicken dish in Bolivia. But stay with me and I promise this will become clear shortly.
03/08/2016 01:35 EST
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Gender Equality Spices Up The Global Economy

It's International Women's Day and what better way to celebrate than to take a bite of a sweet, red chili pepper. You may not know it, but these can be a critical ingredient of women's empowerment. Well, they're actually a critical ingredient for picante de pollo, a popular chicken dish in Bolivia. But stay with me and I promise this will become clear shortly.
03/08/2016 01:35 EST
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Canada Should Act To Facilitate And Amplify Remittances

What is a remittance? Simply put, the process of sending money internationally from Canada to a friend or family member in a foreign country. Globally, the flows of remittances have grown substantially in recent years. Even with a projected slowdown in 2015, the World Bank recently predicted total remittances to 'developing countries' would exceed $435 Billion USD. To put it in context, official development assistance/foreign aid in 2014 was estimated at just over $135 Billion USD globally.
03/02/2016 05:53 EST
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New Gender-Based Violence Guidelines Are A Step Toward Equality In Crises

All societies have challenges with gender inequality, and GBV is not limited to humanitarian crises and emergency situations. But the risk and prevalence of GBV is exacerbated in emergency or conflict situations as people suffer displacement, separation from support networks, overcrowding, loss of documentation, the breakdown of social norms against violence, and other effects that increase vulnerability.
02/03/2016 01:47 EST
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Adaptation Should Be A Priority For Canada's Environment Ministers

With oil prices currently in free fall, the need for a national strategy to end our dependency on fossil fuels is as pressing as ever. But with average global temperatures already having risen almost 1°C above preindustrial levels, there is also a pressing need for Canada's leaders to make climate change adaptation a priority domestically and in its support for developing countries.
01/27/2016 01:33 EST
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Making The Most Of Canada's Contribution To Climate Financing

We've heard where $575 million of the contribution will go, including to renewable energy in Africa, climate risk insurance and to the Least Developed Countries Fund. We haven't heard what percentage of the funds will go to adaptation efforts. This needs early clarification, and there need to be transparent discussions on the disbursement of the over $2 billion that is yet to be allocated.
01/12/2016 01:25 EST
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We Are Entering The Sustainable Energy Age

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals have such a grand, evocative ring, and they include a goal on energy, a huge concern for everyone's future. So what does the goal ask for -- and can we meet it?
12/09/2015 06:18 EST
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We Need To Change How We Define Success In Development

Development is sensitive, political, difficult and often surprisingly controversial work, and the changes sought can be difficult to measure or quantify. Transformative agendas cannot be accomplished through an obsession with "bang for the buck" and the pressure to demonstrate numerical impact within short periods of time.
11/26/2015 12:13 EST
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Rule Of Law Is Essential To Ensuring Peaceful, Just And Inclusive Societies

Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is essentially a rule of law goal. Rule of law is required as a framework to achieve and maintain peace and good governance and is inherent to the achievement of equal access to justice. Access to justice in its broadest sense reflects and encompasses the need to ensure equality, inclusion and accountability in the implementation of all the other SDGs if development is to be truly sustainable. Rule of law creates an enabling environment for development ensuring mechanisms are in place to facilitate access to justice and other development outcomes.
11/13/2015 05:54 EST
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Women's Participation Makes For Peaceful And Inclusive Societies

Women's organizations, governments and United Nations entities celebrated the 15th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325. This landmark resolution stated that women's participation, security and protection were essential in the prevention and resolution of armed conflict. This resolution was much heralded at the time and was followed by seven additional resolutions on women, peace and security. However, civil society organizations have observed again and again that these strong words have not been translated into action.
11/12/2015 11:42 EST
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The Time Has Come To Restore Protection Of Canadian Ecosystems

Canada's federal power shift provides us with the opportunity to view the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals through a new lens. Our new government faces many challenges to restore the protection of Canadian ecosystems. After a decade of Conservative rule, I find myself, like many other Indigenous people in Canada, cautiously optimistic for the future social and ecological well-being of our nation and its role on the international stage. However, our new government will face significant challenges in living up to and improving upon their campaign promises.
11/10/2015 03:22 EST
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Canada Has A Responsibility To Ensure Healthy Oceans

Canada was one of many countries at the 2010 UN Convention on Biological Diversity to commit to protecting 10 per cent of its marine areas by 2020. As a marine nation bordering three oceans with over seven million square kilometres of ocean area and the longest coastline of any country, Canada has a responsibility to lead on ocean stewardship. We have acts, policies and departments to support strong positions to safeguard ocean ecosystems. Yet the reality is that more has been said than done.
11/09/2015 10:58 EST
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A Global Call To End Wasteful Consumption And Production

To improve well-being everywhere, we need to find ways of using resources efficiently, generating less waste and enabling a more equitable standard of living worldwide. More than the other Goals, sustainable consumption and production patterns requires changes in society and culture -- changes in how we think.
11/04/2015 11:45 EST