Canada among top 10 most 'principled' DAC donors according to ODI index

Canada has been ranked sixth place in the Overseas Development Institute's (ODI) Principled Aid Index, which ranks bilateral Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donors by how they use their official development assistance to pursue their long-term national interest in a safer, sustainable, and more prosperous world. The institute's report ranked donors using this new tool that measures how donors prioritize development objectives over self-interest and short-term 'wins'.  Canada was ranked so highly out of the 29 donors due to its use of aid to promote global cooperation and support vulnerable populations.

News release - Overseas Development Institute 


Canada places additional sanctions on Maduro regime in Venezuela

Following a ministerial meeting of the Lima Group in Santiago, Chile, Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland has placed sanctions on 43 key figures in the Maduro regime, including high-ranking officials, regional governors, and/or people directly implicated in activities 'undermining democratic institutions'. 

This is Canada's fourth round of targeted sanctions against Venezuela; 70 people affiliated with the regime have already been sanctioned. The announcement is in response to the worsening situation in Venezuela and the Maduro regime’s anti-democratic actions, particularly relating to the repression and persecution of the members of the interim government, censorship, and excessive use of force against civil society. 

News release- Global Affairs Canada


Canada launches guidelines for more gender-responsive humanitarian system

Canada launched a new guiding document for humanitarian assistance. Entitled 'A Feminist Approach: Gender Equality in Humanitarian Action', the document promotes humanitarian principles and respect for international humanitarian law, support prevention, mitigation and response strategies for sexual and gender-based violence, and support the provision of the full range of sexual and reproductive health services during humanitarian responses.

According to Maryam Monsef, Canada's Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality,  the international humanitarian system is still not meeting the needs of women and girls. Canada's gender-responsive approach to humanitarian assistance is consistent with last year’s G7 Whistler Declaration on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls in Humanitarian Action, and commitments in the Feminist International Assistance Policy.  

News release- Global Affairs Canada


Canadian NGOs urge government to renew foreign funding for women and children

Forty Canadian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to renew investments towards health and rights of women and children before Canadian development funding for the sector runs out in 2020. Most of Canada’s international funding for maternal, newborn, and child health, and sexual and reproductive rights will expire next year. 

NGOs, under the 'Thrive Agenda' campaign are calling on the federal government to set aside long term funding (until 2030) to support the full spectrum of international women and children’s health and rights, such as vaccines, reproductive health, and family-planning services.

Canada's International Development Minister Maryam Monsef’s office  is consulting with stakeholders, including the Thrive Agenda, on the government’s post-2020 programming for women and children but no detailed plans have been released.

News release- Globe and Mail


OECD DAC preliminary data release shows ODA down by 2.7% in 2018

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC) has published preliminary data for 2018, showing that official development assistance (ODA) fell by 2.7% in 2018. The data release is the first to use the OECD's  new 'grant equivalent' methodology. Applied for the first time in 2018, the method aims to ‘provide a more realistic comparison of the effort involved in providing grants and loans and encourage the provision of grants and highly concessional loans, especially to low-income countries’.

Net ODA from DAC members reached US$153 billion in 2018. The largest donors in absolute amounts were 1) the US (US34.3 billion), Germany (US$25 billion), 3) the UK (US19.4 billion), 4) Japan (US$14.2 billion), and 5) France (US$12.2 billion). In relative terms, the largest donors were Sweden at 1.04% of its gross national income (GNI), Luxembourg (0.98%), Norway (0.94%), Denmark (0.72%) and the UK(0.7%).

For more detailed information on the performance of bilateral donors, see the OECD DAC's detailed summary here.

OECD DAC – Press release “Development aid drops in 2018, especially to neediest countries”

Canadian foreign minister concludes G7 meetings in France

Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, participated in the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Dinard, France, following the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Washington, DC. The meetings highlighted the importance of a robust and renewed rules-based international order, reinforced democracies, and strong alliances for amore peaceful and secure world. At the meeting of the G7 foreign ministers, global peace and security issues, including those related to Venezuela, Ukraine and Russia, North Korea, Libya, and Syria were addressed. They covered cyber security, human trafficking, terrorism and violent radicalization, including racism, Islamophobia and right-wing extremism. There was also a productive discussion on women’s role in peace processes, with a particular focus on the Sahel and Africa more broadly.

The theme of France’s G7 presidency—“fighting inequality”—builds on Canada’s G7 presidency in 2018 which focused on gender equality, growth that works for everyone, and climate action. The G7 Leaders’ Summit will take place in Biarritz, France, from August 24 to 26, 2019.

News release- Global Affairs Canada


Canada condemns Brunei’s Sharia penal code

Global Affairs Canada has issued a statement calling Brunei’s imposition of severe punishments under its new Sharia penal code "appalling". Punishments include corporal punishment and the death penalty that will particularly affect women and members of the LGBTQ2 community. Canada has raised concerns directly with Brunei and urges Brunei to suspend the implementation of its new penal code and to make changes to ensure that it is consistent with international human rights obligations.

News release- Global Affairs Canada


UK international development minister praises partnership with Canada on gender equality

UK international development minister Penny Mordaunt highlighted the success of the UK’s strategic partnership with the Canadian government on gender equality at a Women Deliver’s event at the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom in London on April 8. In September 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new partnership between the two countries to champion gender equality, which so far has included co-hosting a multi-sector Safe Abortion dialogue in London in January 2019 and presenting a united front at the UN Commission on the Status of Women in March 2019.

Mordaunt also announced the launch of a new £42 million (US$52 million) program supporting sexual and reproductive health and rights. The program will be led by Marie Stopes International and the International Planned Parenthood Federation. 

Speech - Mordaunt

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Canada makes new investments in gender-responsive UN peacekeeping

Canada has pledged US$34 million in new support for United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations. These funds will be targeted at programs geared towards the participation of uniformed women in peace operations, enhancing the capacity of the UN to make gender-related considerations in the design and conduct of peace operations, and supporting the Action for Peacekeeping agenda. Further investments have also been made toward UN conflict prevention, mediation, and peacebuilding programs; these investments focus on countries including Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Haiti, Mali, South Sudan, and Yemen.

News release- Global Affairs Canada


Canada provides emergency assistance to countries affected by Cyclone Idai in southern Africa

Canada has committed to providing initial funding of up to US$3 million in emergency assistance to support humanitarian organizations that are responding to the crisis caused by Cyclone Idai in southern Africa. Canada’s assistance will be provided through partners including the United Nations and the Red Cross, to Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Immediate food, shelter, water, sanitation, and health needs are priorities.

News release- Global Affairs Canada