France and Canada announce greater cooperation

French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaffirmed the Franco-Canadian cooperation, achieved through a bilateral partnership and under the auspices of the G7. During the Prime Minister's state visit to Paris, Macron noted that France's support for Canadian G7 initiatives regarding climate change (particularly an initiative on the fight against plastic in the oceans), on gender equality, jobs for the future, inclusive growth, and peace and security. He also commended the G7 Advisory Committee on Gender Equality, put in place by Canada, which is chaired by Melinda Gates, and Isabelle Hudon.

The Heads of State announced an increase in cooperation through a bilateral partnership on the environment, aiming to coordinate joint actions on international transport, the organization of a Euro-Canadian seminar on carbon pricing, the articulation of both countries' environmental development policies, support for green finance, and joint action at the level of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Canada also decided to dispatch helicopters and associated military personnel to support the MINUSMA mission in Mali, an area in which the French are linked particularly through the military operation Barkhane. 

Joint press conference - Elysée (in French)

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UK joins international solar alliance

The UK has announced its membership in the International Solar Alliance (ISA) ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of State meeting in London. The ISA, an Indian-led initiative, seeks to  deliver clean and affordable energy to a billion people. The UK will provide expertise and advice to ensure the effective delivery of ISA's goals, not monetary contributions. This announcement follows the recent publication of a new UK development strategy that outlines as a specific priority the linking of British expertise, knowledge, and skills in the delivery of DFID's mandate. 

Press release - UK government

ODI publishes paper for Commonwealth Summit

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) paper, published in advance of the Commonwealth Summit in London, discusses the  opportunities for  development in the Commonwealth through job creation, equitable prosperity, and increasing resilience. The paper calls upon the Commonwealth Heads of State to create 50,000 jobs each day until 2030 to provide opportunities for young people, to support member states to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) through policies and financing that prioritize those most at risk of being left behind, and to assist Small Island Developing States to access financing to ensure climate resilience and recovery from natural disasters. 

Publication - ODI 

Australian development cooperation minister urges greater British ODA to the Pacific

Australia’s Minister for Development Cooperation and the Pacific, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, has urged Britain to increase its engagement in the South Pacific. This is despite Australia substantially cutting its own ODA budget to areas outside the Pacific. She emphasized the importance of Commonwealth donors supporting shared beliefs on freedom and commitment to the rule of law.

The minister also commented on the nature of Australia's development assistance to the region, which comes in the form of grants, as opposed to funding provided through loans, which could leave Pacific nations with significant debt burdens.

News report - Sydney Morning Herald

News report - Sydney Morning Herald


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Canada announces humanitarian assistance to four African countries

Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, has announced that Canada will provide more than CAD27 million (US$21 million) to partner organizations working to support the people of Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria.  These countries and their populations have been adversely impacted by drought, food shortages, and ongoing conflict. Canada’s assistance is intended to provided food, malnutrition treatment, water, health care, protection services, and support for livelihoods to these areas.

New release – Global Affairs Canada


New OECD data indicates that despite increases in net ODA volume, Canada’s ODA/GNI unchanged

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Development Assistance Commitee's (DAC) release of 2017 preliminary data, Canada’s net official development assistance (ODA) increased in 2017 to US$4.1 billion, from US$3.9 billion in 2016.  Part of this increase was a result of increased spending by the Canadian government on refugee costs, from 10% of net ODA in 2016 to 11% of net ODA in 2017. 

Despite this increase, the ODA/GNI ratio remained at 0.26%, the same as it was in 2016. This stagnation meant that Canada slipped one spot in the DAC country rankings to 16th among the 29 DAC members.

Report – Canadian International Development Platform


Canada's Special Envoy to Myanmar Bob Rae releases report on Rohingya crisis

Canada's Special Envoy to Myanmar, Bob Rae, has released his report on the Rohingya crisis, in which he details the issues facing the Rohingya.  Among his recommendations, Rae stated that Canada should take a leadership role in responding to the current crisis by stepping up humanitarian and development efforts in Bangladesh and Myanmar. He stipulated that Canada’s response should focus on providing humanitarian assistance, education, supporting infrastructure, and mitigating the impact of the violent deportation on Rohingya women and girls by providing strong support to the UN and other international organizations working in camps and elsewhere.

Report - Global Affairs Canada


AdFarm and Foodgrains Bank urge Canadian farmers to get involved with fight against global hunger

Canadian Foodgrains Bank and AdFarm have joined forces to encourage Canadian farmers and agribusinesses to take part in the movement to end global hunger via the Farmers Helping Farmers campaign.  The effort aims to help end world hunger by empowering Canadian farmers and the agriculture sector to respond to food emergencies caused by crises such as drought, hurricanes, and conflict, as well as longer-term hunger.

Press release - Canadian Foodgrains Bank

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Canada announces CAD8.15 million to aid Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and people in Myanmar

Canada has announced CAD8.15 million (US$6.4 million) in new funding to address the humanitarian needs of Rohingya refugees and host communities and help improve monsoon preparedness and mitigation in Bangladesh and Myanmar, with a focus on addressing the unique needs of women and girls. The majority of this funding will be provided through the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Organization for Migration, the World Food Programme, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.  Much of this funding is intended to improve shelter conditions, nutrition services, and access to safe drinking water.

Press release - Global Affairs Canada


Canada announces up to CAD10 million to provide emergency food and humanitarian assistance to Palestinian refugees

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, has announced that Canada is contributing up to CAD10 million (US$7.8 million) in emergency humanitarian assistance for Palestinian refugees. This support will help meet the urgent humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees living in the West Bank and Gaza by providing food assistance to over one million people and other essential humanitarian assistance.

Press release - Global Affairs Canada