Canada's 2020-2021 international assistance focused on gender equality, global health, says report

Canada recently published its annual report on international assistance for 2020-2021, which provides an overview of Canada's global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a summary of Canada’s work to advance the priorities set out in the Feminist International Assistance Policy and the 2030 Agenda, and Canada's commitment to global partnerships.

Key highlights of Canada’s international assistance in 2020-2021 included:

  • Canada’s leadership role in the ACT-Accelerator and the COVAX Facility, committing CA$1.3 billion (US$1.0 billion) to support access to COVID-19 tests and vaccines;
  • Providing close to CA$1.2 billion (US$930 million) to meet the humanitarian needs of approximately 115 million people; and 
  • Supporting the empowerment of women and girls through CA$375 million (US$290 million) in development assistance specifically to advance gender equality around the world.

The report highlighted that Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Tanzania, and Mali were the top 5 recipients of Canada’s international assistance in 2020-2021. It also found that global health and nutrition, and climate and environment were the top-funded action areas of the Feminist International Assistance Policy.

Report - Global Affairs Canada