CanWaCH releases new report on attitudes toward women's and children's health

The Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) has released a new report on Canadians’ attitudes toward issues in international development.  The report finds that, while Canadians are generally open to supporting women’s and children’s health in developing regions, Canadian NGOs in this sector should also work to improve public understanding of this issue.

Report – CanWaCH

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Canada deploys additional police to Iraq

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale, announced that Canada will deploy 20 police officers to Iraq to promote stability and security.  Canadian police will work to re-establish a police presence in liberated areas, build capabilities, and provide strategic advice to Iraqi forces.  The announcement is part of Canada’s strategy in the Middle East against Daesh.

Press release – Global Affairs Canada


Canada announces new financial assistance to Southeast Asia for counter-terrorism

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, announced that Canada will provide CAD$13 million (US$10 million) to support Counter-Terrorism Capacity Building programs and almost CAD$7 million (US$5.5 million) in humanitarian assistance for Asia.  The programs will provide financial support and Canadian expertise to prevent and respond to terrorist activities and transnational crime.

Press release – Global Affairs Canada


Canada announces CAD10 million for new scholarship program

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, announced that Canada will allocate CAD10 million (US$7.8 million) over five years, to support post-secondary students and mid-career professionals from Southeast Asia who want to study in Canada. The Scholarships and Educations Exchanges for Development initiative is open to individuals, especially women, from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries and will be awarded in fields that contribute to poverty reduction and narrowing the development gap in Southeast Asia.

The announcement was made at the Canada-ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference held in Manila, Philippines.

Press release – Global Affairs Canada


Oxfam Canada responds to Canada’s new feminist foreign policy

Oxfam Canada has responded to Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, launched in June 2017. In a statement, Oxfam applauds the ambitious policy framework for its emphasis on gender equality and commitment to allocate 15% of Canadian bilateral assistance to gender-focused programs by 2021. However, the organization has concerns about implementation of and policy coherence in the new framework.

News article – Oxfam Canada


IDRC and ACIAR renew partnership on food security

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) have agreed to invest CAD25 million (US$19.6 million) for the second phase of the Cultivate Africa’s Future Fund (CultiAf). The Fund is a joint IDRC-ACIAR initiative to leverage Australian and Canadian knowledge and technological expertise to support long-term food security in Eastern and Southern Africa.

The first phase of the CultiAf program was launched in 2013 with a CAD15 million (US$ 14.6 million) investment, which supported eight projects in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

News Article – IDRC

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Canada announces funding to help train young leaders in Middle East to promote peace

Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale, announced that Canada will provide CAD168,011 (US$ 131,464) to the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation.  The money will be used to train 100 young leaders from Middle Eastern and North African countries in media and journalistic skills, enabling participants to promote peaceful messages online and in local communities. The funding is part of Global Affairs Canada’s Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOPs), which works with partners and allies to promote peace and security.  The PSOP has been allocated a budget of CAD450 million (US$352 million) from 2016 to 2019.

Press Release – Global Affairs Canada


CCIC commissions report on impact of Canada’s new DFI

The Canadian Council for International Co-Operation (CCIC) commissioned a new report on how Canada can maximize the impact of its new development finance institution (DFI). The report examines international best practices to identify key lessons and closes with four recommendations for Canada: 1) ensure that the DFI has a development-focused mandate, 2) prioritize transparency, 3) engage with public and private sector stakeholders, and 4) maintain institutional autonomy. 

The Government of Canada’s 2017 Budget committed to establishing Canada’s first DFI to be initially capitalized at CAD300 million (US$235 million).

Report – Canadian Council for International Co-operation


Canadian Red Cross names Lloyd Axworthy as Humanitarian of the Year

The Canadian Red Cross announced that Lloyd Axworthy will receive its annual Manitoba Humanitarian of the Year Award for 2017. Axworthy is a former federal cabinet minister and President of the University of Winnipeg. He has also served as chair of the board of directors of Cuso International, a Canadian NGO that works to reduce global poverty and inequality. Axworthy will be honoured at the Power of Humanity Luncheon held at the Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel on September 7, 2017.

News article - CTV News


CSO community urges Canada to report on SDG progress

Leaders of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation and the Community Foundations of Canada are calling on the government to commit to reporting on Canada’s progress towards achieving the SDGs. Together these CSOs are urging Canada to join the 66 countries that voluntarily report SDG progress on an annual basis, claiming that meeting the SDGs will require “an all-of-government and all-of-Canada approach”. The call came as government officials met in New York for the 2017 UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

News article - The Hill Times