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Grand Challenges Canada launches 18 projects targeting women and girls

Grand Challenges Canada has announced 18 projects targeted at helping the most acutely impoverished, neglected, and vulnerable women and girls in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Central America. The CAD2.7 million (US$2.1 million) in funding for the 18 projects is supported by Global Affairs Canada and is aligned with the Canadian government’s Feminist International Assistance Policy. The funding from Grand Challenges Canada will be supplemented by CAD1.2 million (US$0.9 million) in funding from governments and NGOs in the countries in which the projects are being implemented.

Press release- Grand Challenges

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Canada balks at joining infrastructure investment drive for Ukraine

 A Lithuanian delegation visited Canada at the end of 2017 to ask the Canadian government to make Ukraine a priority over Canada’s G7 presidency. Lithuania, together with Ukraine, are championing the “European Plan for Ukraine”, a plan that would disburse an estimated US$7.47-billion annually over the next ten years for Ukraine to replace Soviet-era infrastructure. While Canada has provided more than $400-million in low-interest loans to help Ukraine stabilize its economy, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland would not commit to funding this new initiative.

News article - The Globe and Mail 

Canada

Canada announces CAD20 million in humanitarian aid to sub-Saharan Africa

Canada’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador M  arc-André Blanchard, announced that Canada will provide CAD19.8 million (US$15.5 million) to address the needs of those affected by drought and conflict in sub-Saharan Africa.  The funding aims to respond to extreme food insecurity in several countries including Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Niger, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Uganda. The funding will be allocated through Canadian and international partners and will be used to provide basic necessities to vulnerable populations.

Press release – Global Affairs Canada

Canada

Canada announces CAD15 million in humanitarian and development assistance to Kenya

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, announced that Canada will provide CAD15 million (US$11.7 million) to address the needs of refugees and drought-affected populations in Kenya.  The funding will be allocated to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, and the World Food Programme to help save lives and assist those affected by conflict and drought.  The announcement was made during Minister Hussen’s trip to the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya in December, 2017. 

Press release – Global Affairs Canada

Canada

Canada announces CAD10.4 million in humanitarian assistance to Somalia

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, has announced that Canada will provide CAD10.4 million (US$8.1 million) in humanitarian assistance to support vulnerable communities in Somalia.  The funding will be allocated to UNICEF, the World Food Programme, UNDP, and the American Refugee Committee to meet basic needs in Somalia as it faces chronic drought, natural disasters, and continued conflict and insecurity. 

Press release – Global Affairs Canada

Canada

Research platform studies challenges of measuring women’s economic empowerment

The Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program, a multi-funder partnership between the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Canadian International Development Centre, released a report in which they proposed a new typology in measuring women’s economic empowerment (WEE).  Following an extensive review of scholarly literature, the authors recommend that researchers avoid using outcomes, such as labor market statistics, when measuring WEE and suggest that researchers employ more flexibility when measuring empowerment in order to enhance the opportunities for cross-sectional comparison.  

Report – Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program

 

Canada

Canada’s G7 presidency to focus on gender equality

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that Canada’s G7 presidency in 2018 will focus on five themes, including climate change, gender equality, and building a more peaceful and secure world.  Canada is expected to highlight the importance of sexual and reproductive health rights as part of efforts to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.  Gender equality has become a priority for the Trudeau government and is central to Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.

News article – The Globe and Mail

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Canadian think tank examines role of ‘blended finance’ in development

The Canadian International Development Platform, an initiative of the North-South Institute (NSI), has released two new pieces outlining the basics of blended finance, its varied definitions, its scale, and the difficulties related to accurately tracking its impact.  The articles point to ways in which the CIDP has found inconsistencies between OECD-DAC reporting and the reporting of Global Affairs Canada. The pieces also argue that Canada’s claim of being a ‘leader in blended finance’ is undermined by not having a clear policy framework.

Article – Making Sense of Blending: The Basics – CIDP

Article – Making sense of blending: Canada needs a policy framework – CIDP

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Canada gives CAD15.6 million to support UNFPA

Canadian Minister of International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau announced that Canada would provide CAD15.6 million (US$12.2 million) in renewed institutional funding to support the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) efforts to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in developing regions.  

Canada is aiming to close existing gaps in reproductive rights and in health care for women as part of its Feminist International Assistance Policy.

Press release – Global Affairs Canada

Canada

UNFPA praises Canada's additional funding following US cuts

Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Natalia Kanem said that Canada’s pledge of CAD15.6 million (US$12.2 million) to the agency was critical to supporting women and girls in the world's poorest regions. In light of the US's withdrawing nearly US$70 million of the UNFPA's funding, Dr. Kanem said that Canada’s continued support was “lifesaving”.  Dr. Kanem was in Ottawa for the launch of the UNFPA’s annual population report.

News article – The Globe and Mail

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