Canada is the 9th-largest donor country, spending US$4.3 billion on net official development assistance (ODA) in 2015 (in current prices). This represents 0.28% of its gross national income (GNI). The government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed to “restoring and renewing” Canada’s international assistance and “re-engaging globally”. This may lead to further ODA increases in the coming years.
-Under Prime Minister (PM) Trudeau, Canada has committed a ‘feminist’ lens to international assistance. This includes enhanced attention to sexual and reproductive health and rights and continued prioritization of maternal, newborn, and child health within the health sector. In March 2017, PM Trudeau announced an investment of CAD650 million over three years for SRHR, and the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie pledged CAD20 million at the ‘She Decides’ conference in Brussels.
Prime Minister Trudeau’s commitment to “restoring and renewing” international assistance may result in increased resources in the next fiscal year (FY) (May 2017 to April 2018, FY2017/18) and beyond. There may be opportunities to access some of this funding, particularly for evidence-based programs that are closely linked to Canada’s priorities.
The government committed CAD2.65 billion by 2020 to address climate change in developing countries. This presents opportunities to leverage more funding for related areas that help mitigate the impact of climate change (e.g., climate-smart agriculture).
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On March 22, 2017, Canada’s Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, tabled the Trudeau government’s budget for the 2017-2018 financial year. The budget outlined the government’s plan to launch a development finance institution (DFI), an idea which was initially introduced by the Harper government in 2015. The DFI will be capitalized at CAD300 million (US$235 million), and is to be established as a wholly owned subsidiary under Export Development Canada, a Crown corporation that serves as Canada’s export credit agency. The budget does not make reference to the International Assistance Envelope, Canada’s main ODA budget tool.
Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed D. Hussen, announced that the country will give CAD119 million in humanitarian assistance to respond to the needs of crisis-affected people in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. The funding, announced on behalf of Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, will target the most vulnerable members of the population, taking into account the specific needs of women and children. The announcement comes in response to the UN’s urgent appeal for humanitarian assistance: 20 million people in Africa currently face famine as a result of conflict and severe drought.
The 58th Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Investment Corporation takes place in Ascunción, Paraguay. This official gathering is a forum for discussion among the institutions' Governors, many of whom are finance ministers of the regional and non-regional member countries, central bank presidents, and advisors. Representatives from multilateral financial institutions, development agencies, and commercial and investment banks are also invited to attend.
Location: Asunción, Paraguay
The Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) and the International Political Economy Network cohost an event entitled ‘Power and Inequalities in the Global Political Economy: A perspective on Forced Labor and Trafficking for Labor Exploitation’. Keynote speaker Professor Nicola Phillips, Professor of Political Economy and Head of the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield, discusses forced labor and human trafficking in a global economic context, looking at power relations within global value chains and production networks.
Location: Ottawa, Canada