Canada launches new feminist foreign assistance policy
After a year of extensive consultations with the Canadian civil society and the public at large, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, has launched a new feminist international assistance policy. With it, Canada joins a handful of countries who either have explicit feminist international development policies or gendered policies and plans, including Australia, Sweden, and Norway.
The new policy will apply a human rights-based approach to six core pillars:
Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls
Human dignity (including health education, humanitarian assistance, nutrition, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and food security)
Environment and climate change
Peace and security.
Other highlights include:
By 2021-2022, “at least 95 percent of Canada’s bilateral international development assistance investments will either target or integrate gender equality or the empowerment of women and girls”.
Discontinuation of Canada’s “countries-of-focus”, shifting instead towards a regional allocation with a focus on least developed countries and by which no less than 50% of Canada’s bilateral international assistance will go to countries in sub-Saharan Africa by 2021-2022. The allocation strategy is to be released at a later date.
The policy does not come with a costed funding framework, and the Budget 2017 released this spring did not specify any new increases in spending. However, the government announced that it will contribute an additional CAD150 million (US$117 million) over five years to support local organizations that work to advance women’s rights in developing countries.
Canadian international development minister launches new famine relief fund
On May 29, 2017, the Canadian Minister of International Development and la Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced that Canada will create the new 'Famine Relief Fund' to respond to food crises in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. The Fund aims to mobilize the support of Canadians and government alike by matching the donations of private citizens pledged in response to global food crises. Minister Bibeau announced that for every eligible donation to registered charities made by Canadians between March 17 and June 30, 2017, the Government of Canada will contribute an equivalent amount to the new Fund. Money raised will support the efforts of Canadian and international organizations that provide assistance to those affected by famine.
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