Canadian-developed Ebola vaccine on track for WHO approval

The European Medicines Agency has recommended a conditional marketing authorization for the rVSV-ZEBOV-GP vaccine, originally developed in Canada. This authorization is an important step towards the European Commission's decision on licensing and the World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification of the vaccine. Licensed doses are expected to be available mid-2020. 

Key funders of the randomized control trial conducted by the government of Guinea and WHO in 2015 included the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canada's International Development Research Centre and Global Affairs Canada. Noway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Wellcome Trust, the UK government and Médecins Sans Frontières also helped to fund the studies’ volunteers, researchers, and health workers in Guinea.

News article - The World Health Organization 

Canada's IDRC calls for proposals on educational innovations

The Global Partnership for Education’s Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) program is calling for expressions of interest from individual organizations or groups of multiple organizations to conduct research and provide guidance on scaling the impact of educational innovations in member countries. This is in response to evidence gaps on the impact of educational innovations in partner country contexts. Successful proposals will involve stakeholders and seek to strengthen capacity, foster innovation, and develop new information on how to scale educational invocations in an equitable, sustainable, and efficient way. 

The KIX program is a partnership between Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). Its purpose is to bring together expertise and innovation to help partner countries enhance their education systems and move toward achieving SDG4: "ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all."

Call for proposals - IDRC 


Global Fund releases table showing total pledges by country

At its sixth replenishment conference in Lyon, France, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria raised a record-breaking US$14 billion in commitments from public and private donors, the largest amount of funding ever raised for a multilateral health organization. The Global Fund has since released a table showing the amounts pledged by each attendant.

Pledges at Global Fund Sixth Replenishment Conference - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Ahead of federal election, Canadian International Development Platform analyzes development platforms of major political parties

The Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP) provided an overview of major party platforms and policy ideas related to development going into the 2019 Canadian federal election.

  • The Liberal Party plans on increasing spending every year until 2030, in recognition of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They also are committed to improving management, effectiveness, transparency and accountability, and spending at least 10% of assistance on education;
  • The Conservative Party plans to cut development assistance spending by 25%, which would take Canada’s ratio to its lowest historical level. Most of this reduction is planned to come from middle- and upper-income countries. The Conservatives have also pledged to withdraw Canada from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), strengthen alliances, provide additional military and non-military assistance to Ukraine, and move the Canadian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem; and
  • The New Democratic Party and the Green Party have aggressive targets and positions to increase Canadian foreign assistance. 

Analysis - Canadian International Development Platform

Canada Education

EWB and CIDP release report on Canada's development assistance and the SDGs

Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) and the Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP) have released a high-level report evaluating Canada’s performance on supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since 2015. 

The report finds that since the adoption of the Feminist International Assistance Plan (FIAP), Canada has effectively focused its on the SDGs. However, the report notes that while Canada's development spending has increased under the FIAP, Canada’s official development assistance to gross national income ratio is near an all-time low. 

Canada has been able to leverage its influence beyond purely monetary terms and shape the global development agenda through several key initiatives, including  serving as G7 president in 2018, launching FinDev Canada, and hosting Women Deliver in 2019

Press release- Engineers Without Borders


Canada's Conservative Party promises to cut development assistance spending by 25% if elected

A Conservative platform policy document suggests reducing Canada's development assistance spending by 25% to meet the funding requirements for the party's domestic tax credits and for a universal tax cut.

Canada's upcoming federal election will take place on October 21, 2019. Currently, the Liberal Party is in power. However, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being challenged by two main parties, both the Conservative Party, led by Andrew Scheer, and the New Democratic Party, led by Jagmeet Singh. 

News article - Global News


GIZ and AMEXID publish comparative analysis of 16 international development cooperation agencies

The government development arms of Mexico and Germany (AMECID and GIZ, respectively) have collaborated to publish a comprehensive comparative study of 16 agencies of international development cooperation.

The study presents the nations in three blocks: first, European and North American "traditional" donor countries, then Latin American donor countries, then "emerging" donor countries, in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. The chapters thoroughly examine each agency's role, components, evaluations, and operations.

Comparative Study of 16 International Development Cooperation Agencies (in Spanish)

Canada revamps NextGen database connecting 600+ Canadians in international development

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation and the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development have launched a new iteration of Canada's NextGen database. The database contains information on over 600 Canadian researchers and development experts working in the fields of international development and humanitarian assistance. It is accessible to the media, students, policymakers, and the general public. 

The initial NextGen database was launched in 2017. However, the current version has been updated to take the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into consideration in order to identify researchers who contribute to the implementation of certain SDGs at the domestic and international levels.

NextGen Database

Press release- Canadian Council for International Cooperation


Canada invests in UN-led sustainability projects in developing countries

Marc-André Blanchard, Canada's ambassador and permanent representative to the UN, has announced a US$2 million commitment towards a UN-led initiative that pays for large solar and geothermal projects in low-income countries around the world. The Closing the Investment Gap (CIG) initiative was jointly founded by Canada, Denmark, Jamaica, and the UN. Over the past two years, the initiative has funded development projects which satisfy climate goals in nine developing countries by bringing together investors and representatives from the financial sector. 

News article- Canada's National Observer 


Canadadian delegation to UNGA plans to engage UN and bilateral partners

Canada's deputy minister of foreign affairs, Marta Morgan, will lead the Canadian delegation attending the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York from September 23- 27. Other members of the delegation include Marc-André Blanchard, Canada's ambassador and permanent representative to the UN in New York, former Canadian prime ministers Jean Chrétien and Joe Clark, the former premier of Quebec, Jean Charest, Senator Peter Boehm, and Canada’s special envoy to Myanmar, Bob Rae.

Canada announced that this delegation will use the General Assembly as a opportunity to interact and engage with the UN and bilateral partners.

Press release- Global Affairs Canada