Canada announces CAD1 million to support food security for Rohingya refugees

Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced that Canada will contribute over CAD1 million (US$787,000) to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to support efforts to feed thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The announcement was made on World Food Day during a harvest agriculture event in Glengarry, Ontario.

Press release – Global Affairs Canada

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Canada marks International Day of the Girl

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau issued statements to mark the International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2017. Both highlighted the importance of girls for building prosperous and stable societies, calling for the advancement and protection of girls’ rights and increased access to services and information.  Advancing girls’ rights is an ongoing priority for Canada and underlies its feminist approach to international assistance.

Press release – Global Affairs Canada

Press release – Prime Minister’s Office


Canadian NGO releases report on engaging youth on global health

The Canadian Partnership for Women’s and Children’s Health (CANWaCH) released a report documenting lessons learned and key accomplishments from youth engagement during the planning and execution of its Global Adolescent Health Conference held in May 2017.  The report highlights the success of the youth council initiative, which promoted youth leadership around issues of global health and provided a strong platform for networking and collaboration. It also offers lessons for other organizations, recommending that youth engagement processes are planned well in advance and prioritize diversity. 

Publication - CANWaCH

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Canada announces CAD3 million in humanitarian assistance for Myanmar and Bangladesh

Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced that Canada will provide CAD3 million (US$2.3 million) to help address the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state and its impact on Bangladesh.  The funding will support the needs of refugees fleeing violence in Rakhine, with a focus on hospital and health services, emergency shelter, and water and sanitation. It will be channeled through humanitarian partners such as Doctors Without Borders and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The announcement was made in response to a UN and International Committee of the Red Cross appeal for additional assistance.

Press release - Global Affairs Canada


Canada releases new 'feminist' CSO engagement policy

The Canadian government released a new policy for engaging with civil society organizations (CSOs). The policy, called 'Canada’s Policy for Civil Society Partnerships for International Assistance – A Feminist Approach', recognizes the importance of CSOs as key partners to ensure that Canada’s development assistance achieves lasting results.  The CSO policy will be guided by five sets of principles, including Canada's Feminist International Assistance Policy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and will pursue nine objectives, including fostering CSO leadership in innovation and integrating CSOs into international-assistance programming.

Publication - Government of Canada


Canadian think tank's analysis finds room for new spending in development budget

The Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP), a think tank, conducted an analysis on the portion of Global Affairs Canada’s (GAC) development budget that will be open for programming in the coming years.  The analysis finds that at least CAD4.42 billion (US$3.46 billion) of GAC’s development spending is currently accounted for at the project level and that approximately CAD375 million (US$293 million) per fiscal cycle is available to be programmed to 2019.  These findings show that, while most of GACs spending is continuous over fiscal cycles, there is some room for new allocations.

Publication - CIDP


Canadian development minister underscores importance of CSOs

Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau gave a keynote address at the Canadian Council for International Co-operation’s Annual Conference that highlighted the importance of civil society organizations (CSOs) as implementers and partners in delivering Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.  Minister Bibeau welcomed ongoing collaboration with CSOs and encouraged continued efforts to engage Canadians and work together towards poverty reduction.

Press release - Global Affairs Canada


Norwegian foreign ministry highlights need to connect ODA to national investments

At the Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) event during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende highlighted the need to connect ODA to national investments through, for example, the Global Financing Facility (GFF). The GFF is a key financing platform to support the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. Melinda Gates and Canada’s Minister of Development, Marie-Claude Bibeau, also encouraged an increase of contributions to the financing mechanism, which matches every US$1 donation with US$4 from the World Bank's International Development Fund. 

60 countries and over 150 organizations have contributed US$27 billion to the GFF, with the private sector contributing 25% of necessary commitments. Norway is GFF's largest contributor, having pledged US$600 million for the 2016-2020 funding period.

Press release - Norwegian Government (in Norwegian)

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Canadian and American development ministers discuss cooperation on humanitarian crises

Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, and United States Agency for International Development Administrator, Mark Green, met during the 72nd Annual United National General Assembly (UNGA) to discuss how Canada and the US can work together in response to humanitarian crises, particularly in South Sudan.  The pair also discussed ways to “leverage assistance to combat corruption, promote transparency, and strengthen citizen-responsive governance in developing countries”. 

Press release - USAID

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Canada and UK reaffirm collaboration on development cooperation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and UK Prime Minister Theresa May have reaffirmed the close partnership between Canada and the UK on a number of policy issues, including development cooperation. New strategic partnerships between the two countries include initiatives to champion women’s economic development, promote clean growth and energy, and strengthen disaster response, reconstruction, and resilience. The prime ministers also announced the creation of a Canada-UK public policy forum. Working groups in the forum will focus on post-‘Brexit’ bilateral relations and public service transformation, among other issues.

Press release - Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

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