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Last updated: March 2017.


the big six

How will Canadian ODA develop?

  • Following sharp decreases between 2012 and 2014, ODA started increasing again in 2015. The budget for FY2016/17 called for moderate increases in the International Assistance Envelope budget, by CAD128 million for both FY2016/17 and FY2017/18. Based on the Main Estimates (ME) released in March 2017, Global Affairs Canada plans to allocate CAD3.5 billion across three main programs related to development spending. This is an increase from the CAD3.1 billion requested for FY2016/17, due to higher spending in ’International Security and Democratic Development’ and ’International Humanitarian Assistance’.

What will Canada’s ODA focus on?

  • Following a comprehensive review of Canada’s international assistance in 2016, a new policy framework is expected to be published in March 2017. Prime Minister (PM) Trudeau has given some indication of strategic priorities, including a stronger focus on “the world’s poorest and fragile countries”, and applying a ‘feminist lens’.

  • Health, particularly sexual and reproductive health and rights and maternal, newborn, and child health, are an important focus. This was recently evidenced by Canada’s pledge of CAD20 million at the ‘She Decides’ conference in Brussels in March 2017, and by PM Trudeau’s announcement to allocate CAD640 million over a three-year period for SRHR. Canada has also newly commitment to Family Planning 2020 and the Ouagadougou Partnership.

  • Tackling climate change in developing countries is atop focus of Canada’s development policy. The government has committed to spend CAD2.65 billion by 2020 within this sector, and has already increased funding for related programs. It is likely that this trend will continue, and that Canada will increasingly integrate agriculture, food security, and clean economic growth within this new focus.

What are key opportunities for shaping Canada’s development policy?

  • For the upcoming budget FY2017/18, which will be the first budget fully under the soon-to-be-identified development policy priorities, the annual pre-budget consultation process open to all stakeholders from June to August 2017 could provide an opportunity for shaping Canada’s development policy. After the release of the Canada’s new international assistance policy framework, anticipated for March 2017, the government will likely cooperate with partners to operationalize and implement the new priorities laid out. This process will open opportunities for further engagement with the government, particularly for organizations working within and on the government’s priority sectors.

  • Canada’s pledge to the Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in November 2015 could be used as an opportunity to advocate for more resources to be allocated to addressing the effects of climate change within other sectors, such as to agriculture and health.

  • Canada’s heightened commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) within is ‘feminist’ approach to international assistance may offer an opportunity to secure resources or engage in policy implementation in this area.





  • Canada announces launch of development finance institution in 2017 budget

    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.

    Budget document - Government of Canada
    Pre-budget Analysis – Canadian International Development Platform

  • Canada announces CAD119 million to combat food crisis in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen

    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.

    Website - Government of Canada
    Website - Government of Canada

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  • Annual meeting of Inter-American Development Bank and Inter-American Investment Corporation takes place in Paraguay

    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

    Website - IABD

  • Centre for International Policy Studies conference on forced labor and human trafficking

    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

    Website- CIPS

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