At a glance
Strategic priorities
  • Under the FIAP, Canada applies a feminist lens to five priorities: 1) health and rights of women and children; 2) clean economic growth and climate change; 3) governance, pluralism, diversity and human rights; 4) peace and security, and 5) responding to humanitarian crises and the needs of displaced peoples.
  • The policy stipulates that 95% of Canada’s bilateral ODA will target or integrate gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls by FY2021–2022. Furthermore, 50% of bilateral assistance will be spent in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • In particular, the FIAP champions sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH), a long-standing focus of Canadian development. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit (LGBTQ2) rights are an emerging area of interest.
  • Tackling climate change in developing countries is a top priority of Canada’s development policy. The government has committed to spending CAD2.7 billion (US$2 billion) by 2020 within this sector.

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  • Upcoming elections in October 2019 may lead to changes in Canada’s development priorities. While gender equality in development cooperation is largely rooted in longer-term strategies, a new government may change focus areas set under the Liberal government, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s flagship Feminist International Assistance Policy.  
  • Canada’s strengthened commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) may offer an opportunity to engage in policy implementation in this area.
  • Under the banner of ‘growth that works for everyone’, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) has an emerging focus on women’s economic leadership and empowerment. This presents opportunities to engage with the promotion of greater financial inclusion for women and equal access to capital, markets, technology, and business development services.