UNFPA praises Canada for funding agency following US cuts

The Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Natalia Kanem, said that Canada’s renewal of CAD15.6 million (US$12.2 million) to support the UNFPA is critical to supporting women and girls in the poorest regions.  In light of the withdrawal of almost CAD89 million (US$70 million) in funding by the US, Kanem said that Canada’s continued support for the UNFPA was “lifesaving”.  Kanem was in Ottawa for the launch of the UNFPA’s annual population report.

New article – The Globe and Mail


Canada puts CAD12 million towards elimination of landmines around the world

Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland announced that Canada will provide CAD12 million (US$9.4 million) to support the removal of anti-personnel landmines and explosive remnants of war.  The announcement marked the 20th anniversary of the Ottawa Treaty to Ban Anti-Personnel Landmines and is part of Canada’s ongoing commitment to champion a mine-free world.

Canada also works to integrate a gender perspective into mine-action initiatives, noting that men and boys are more likely to be injured or killed by landmines, and women often bear responsibility for caring for injured survivors.  

Press release – Global Affairs Canada


Canadian think tank releases report on link between Canadian exports and ODA

The Canadian International Development Platform released a new report exploring the link between Canadian exports to developing countries and ODA. The analysis models data from 1989-2015  to provide the first attempt to measure the elasticity of Canada’s exports to development cooperation. The report finds that average return on a dollar of Canada’s gross ODA was CAD1.10 (US86¢) in exports. This suggests that, in addition to the core moral and humanitarian purpose of development cooperation, an added benefit over time may be that the same investment has the effect of boosting Canadian exports to recipient countries.

Publication – Canadian International Development Platform


OECD DAC conducting first peer review of Canada’s international assistance program

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) recently conducted consultations in Ottawa as part of its peer review of Canada’s international assistance program. The review is the first since Canada’s International Development Agency (CIDA) was merged with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Results are expected to be released in June 2018. 

Press release - OECD


Canada launches call for proposals for CAD100-million initiative on Canadian SMOs

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) has opened a call for proposals as part of a five-year initiative to engage Canadian small and medium organizations (SMOs) in international assistance efforts that align with Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy. The initiative seeks to provide predictable funding opportunities for Canadian SMOs through support for thematic programming and innovation. The Canadian government is providing CAD100 million (US$75 million) to the program.

Press release - Government of Canada 

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Canada gives CAD35 million to SRHR in Bangladesh

Canadian Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, has announced a CAD35-million (US$27 million) initiative to improve awareness and access to sexual and reproductive health and rights for 1.75 million women and girls in Bangladesh. The five-year project will provide essential health services to women and children and is expected to save more than 15,500 lives.

Press release – Global Affairs Canada

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Canada gives CAD100 million for reconstruction and climate resilience in the Caribbean

Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, Celina Caesar-Chavannes, has announced that Canada will provide CAD$100 million (US$78 million) to support reconstruction and climate resilience in the Caribbean over the next five years.  The announcement follows a devastating hurricane season in 2017, which caused extensive damage to several Caribbean islands.  The funding aims to help the most vulnerable people, including women and children, to rebuild resilient communities that are better equipped to endure future natural disasters. 

Press release – Global Affairs Canada


Prime Minister Trudeau announces appointment of new G20 advisor

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced changes to senior ranks of his government. Jonathan Fried will become the Personal Representative (Sherpa) to the Prime Minister on the G20 and will assist in shaping the agenda for the next G20 Summit. Fried currently serves as Coordinator of International Economic Relations at Global Affairs Canada.

Press release – Prime Minister's Office


Canada launches 'Vancouver Principles' to prevent recruitment and use of child soldiers

Canada has launched the new 'Vancouver Principles on Peacekeeping and the Prevention of the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers' during the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference held in Vancouver.  The Principles outline political commitments endorsed by UN members to enhance the ability of UN peacekeeping personnel to prevent child recruitment, report on abuses and violations against children in conflict situations, and mandate child protection in peacekeeping missions. Canada will provide CAD1.25 million (US$978,000) in support of these efforts.

Press release – Global Affairs Canada


Canada and Sweden launch initiative to support women’s leadership in technical fields

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) will co-fund a fellowship program for women working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Valued at CAD15 million (US$11.7 million), the initiative will support 140 doctoral and 60 early-career women working in STEM in low- and middle-income countries.

The first call for Fellowship applicants will be launched in March 2018. 

Press release – IDRC

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