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Donor Tracker seeks feedback on how to better serve advocacy community

The Donor Tracker team wants to better understand its users' experience and to gather ideas about how we can make the Donor Tracker even more valuable to the global development community throughout the rest of 2020 and beyond. That's where we could use your help. We've put together a short survey to ask you directly about how you use the Donor Tracker, which content and features you find most useful, and the kinds of things you would like to see. Your responses will shape and inform new features that we bring to the website.

Survey - Donor Tracker

Twitter - Donor Tracker

Canada opens call for research proposals on women's economic empowerment in West Africa

Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has announced funding for research projects to promote women’s economic empowerment in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, and Senegal. Funded projects will provide country-specific evidence on best practices for "reducing and redistributing women’s unpaid care work in environmentally-friendly ways that generate business and employment opportunities for women".

This research will be used to inform future policies and interventions addressing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls".

Press release - IDRC 

Application information - IDRC

Canada and Netherlands offer support for Gambia at International Court of Justice

Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne, announced Canada's intention to intervene in the case of The Gambia v. Myanmar. Canada and the Netherlands will work together to assist the Gambia, paying special attention to "crimes related to sexual and gender-based violence, including rape".

This case involves allegations of violations of the Genocide Convention. The Gambia has brought the case against Myanmar and aims to show how the Rohingya in Myanmar were subject to systemic discrimination and atrocities.

Press release - Global Affairs Canada

Canada renews US$8 million commitment to World Water Issues

The Government of Canada has announced a US$8 million (CA$10 million) five-year funding extension for the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health. This research organization, hosted by Canada's McMaster University, is focused on understanding and responding to "pressing global water challenges". Specifically, researchers are focused on preventing and managing water-borne diseases and meeting the anticipated 50% increase in demand for water by 2030.

Press release - United Nations University

Canada donates US$6 million through Lebanese Matching Fund

The Government of Canada has matched all donations made by Canadian individuals through the Lebanese Matching Fund — a total of CAD8 million (US$6 million) — to provide essential goods and services to support those impacted by the August 4 explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. The Humanitarian Coalition has been selected to allocate the funds. 

News release - Global Affairs Canada

Canada increases heath funding to South Sudan

Canada's Ambassador to South Sudan, Douglas Scott Proudfoot, has announced an additional US$6.8 million in funding for "basic health services and training of healthcare professionals in South Sudan" in light of challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, this funding will help  ensure that South Sudanese women and girls have access to quality healthcare through supporting gender-sensitive health services that promote women’s autonomy and decision-making.

Part of the funding (CAD5 million or US$3 million) will go toward South Sudan’s National COVID-19 Response Plan, while CAD4 million (US$3 million) will go to the Strengthening Midwifery Services II project implemented by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). This funding is additional to Canada’s previous CAD50 million (US$38 million) commitment to the project.  

Press release - Embassy of Canada to South Sudan

Canada's Council for International Co-operation urges government to invest more in international COVID-19 response

Canada's Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) has called on the Canadian government to do its "fair share to ensure an effective COVID-19 response globally". Specifically, CCIC asked the Canadian government to commit 1% of the total amount spent on its domestic COVID-19 response to support lower-income countries in dealing with the impacts of COVID-19.

CCIC argues that this investment will make Canada's future funding for international development more impactful by mitigating the exacerbating effects of COVID-19 on existing inequalities in vulnerable contexts.   

Press release - CCIC 

Canada's IDRC funds ten new research projects on COVID-19 and food security in Sub-Saharan Africa

Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has announced funding for ten new research projects examining the impacts of COVID-19 on nutrition and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. The projects will expand on existing IDRC funded initiatives and involve understanding, measuring, and documenting the impact of COVID-19 and responses to COVID-19 on the following subjects, in partnership with the following organizations:

  1. Food security and nutrition in Kenya - Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization;
  2. Resilience of the fish value chain in Malawi - University of Malawi;
  3. Staple food value chains in Zimbabwe - Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project;
  4. Trade of food between Tanzania and the East African Community partner states - Economic and Social Research Foundation;
  5. Gender implications and youth resilience in agribusiness - United States International University Africa;
  6. Food security in Johannesburg - PRICELESS South Africa;
  7. Food production and supply in Kenya and Uganda -National Agricultural Research Organization;
  8. Local food production in Nigeria - Centre for Population and Environment Development;
  9. Household food systems in West Africa - SOCODEVI; and
  10. Informal food economy resilience in Dakar - Consortium pour la Recherche Économique et Sociale.

Press release- IDRC

Canada creates task force to support victims of Beirut explosion

Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marco Mendicino, and Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne, have announced a Canadian task force on Lebanon to support consular and immigration services. This task force is aimed at financially and logistically assisting affected Canadians and their families living in Lebanon as well as Lebanese citizens in Canada.

Canada understands the strong "people-to-people ties" between Canada and Lebanon and has committed to remaining engaged and available to provide support. 

News release - Global Affairs Canada 

Canada's IDRC launches call for proposals on opportunities for women in East Africa

Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation have put forth a call for "research proposals on Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) – East Africa."

Research is needed on unpaid care work and gender segregation of the labor market in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. IDRC is seeking to understand the effectiveness of evidence-based interventions and policies in reducing "gender economic gaps" in order to scale the impact of successful programming.  

Successful proposals will include "locally grounded in-depth evaluative and action research to provide evidence, practical tools, and guidance to inform policies and actions." 

Call for proposals- IDRC 

Canada provides humanitarian assistance to Lebanon following Beirut explosion

In the wake of the devestating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, 2020, Canada has announced support for the humanitarian response to the disaster.

Canda committed to providing CAD5 million (US$4 million) in humanitarian assistance. A portion of the funding (CAD2 million or US$1 million) will be channeled through humanitarian organizations working in Lebanon to support the provision of emergency medical services, food, and shelter.  

Canada has also started the 'Lebanon Matching Fund' through which the government will match all donations made by Canadians to the Humanitarian Coalition between August 4 and 24, 2020, up to a maximum of CAD2 million (US$1 million).

Press release - Global Affairs Canada (funding announcement)

Press release - Global Affairs Canada (Matching Fund)

Donor Tracker to host webinar on climate finance and role of ODA

Join the Donor Tracker this Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 16:00-17:00 (CEST), for a webinar addressing the pressing need for international climate finance in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

In 2015, the latest in a series of global climate change agreements was signed in Paris. The Paris Agreement includes a pledge made by donor countries to mobilize US$100 billion a year by 2020 for climate action in LMICs. This upcoming Donor Tracker webinar will examine the role that ODA can and should play in funding for climate action, including the US$100 billion target. It will include an overview of trends in ODA-related climate funding and policies by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) donors.

This webinar, and our recently published report on climate finance and ODA, complements the recent addition of ‘Climate’ as a sector of analysis across the Donor Tracker Donor Profiles. Climate was added this year in recognition of the importance of climate action to the future of global development efforts.

Registration - Zoom

Canada signs global trade and gender arrangement

Canada's Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, Mary Ng, has signed a new Global Trade and Gender Arrangement with Chile and New Zealand (the other members of the Inclusive Trade Action Group), which aims to promote inclusive and equitable trade and investment.

The signatory countries have committed to work together to promote gender equality within their trade and investment agreements. The group also issued a joint pledge to foster a global economic recovery from COVID-19 that is inclusive of women, Indigenous peoples, and other minority groups.

Press release - Global Affairs Canada

Canada stresses importance of equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines

Canada's Minister of International Development, Karina Gould, has announced Canada's commitment to ensuring poorer countries have access to a COVID-19 vaccine, while also prioritizing domestic needs.

Canada has already joined and contributed US$89 million to the World Health Organization’s Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator and is currently engaging in discussions on how to further global collaboration in responding to COVID-19.

News article - Politico

Donor Tracker to host webinar on gender equality and donor finance for women's economic empowerment

Join Donor Tracker this Friday, July 24 from 15:00-16:00 (CEST) for a webinar exploring donor financing for women’s economic empowerment, featuring analysis from the Donor Tracker team and our partner, the ONE Campaign.

Gender equality, including women's financial inclusion and economic empowerment, has gained increasing attention from the international donor community in recent years; but to what extent can donors' rhetorical commitment to the issue be seen reflected in data on donors' financing for women's economic empowerment? In this Donor Tracker webinar, Kalila Jaeger and Isabela Vera from the Donor Tracker and Ebba Henningsson from ONE will guide participants through an introduction to the OECD’s gender equality policy marker, discuss the current state of donor finance for gender-related development programming, and explore trends in donor countries' spending on economic empowerment initiatives for women.

Registration - Zoom

Current OECD DAC methodology for measuring climate-related development finance "systematically" and dramatically overstates funding, says report from Canada's CIDP

The Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP) has put forth an improved method for measuring Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) climate-related development financing. The new method employs a combination of delivery channels, purpose codes, and keyword analysis to more accurately identify climate-specific projects. 

CIDP tested the new proposed method against the OECD DAC’s climate-related development finance. CIDP found that DAC estimates overstate CRDF by 38%, (approximately US$16 billion) and, specifically, that Canada’s CRDF contribution is overstated by 20% for the period of 2012-2018.

Analysis of climate finance, evelauted solely on the basis of the DAC’s upper and lower bound Rio Markers approach tends to systematically overstate donor contribution to climate finance, the report says. Therefore, Canada’s previously understood level of climate finance should be reconsidered. 

Analysis - Canadian International Development Platform

Canada's International Development Research Centre shares digest of COVID-19 research

Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is developing a digest of existing global "annotated online literature" informing responses to the COVID-19 crisis. The purpose of this digest is to comprehensively and regularly compile and share knowledge and best practices with international development researchers and practitioners.

The literature is organized by region (Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa) and tackles the following themes:

  1. Food security;
  2. Health systems and responses;
  3. Data, surveillance, and artificial intellegence (AI);
  4. Development and research;
  5. Economic impact, fiscal response, and financing the global response; and
  6. Gender.

News article - IDRC

Canadian development organizations seek proposals for innovative responses to educational challenges

Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Global Partnership for Education (GPE) have announced a series of regional calls for proposals to "generate and mobilize innovative knowledge for education challenges" in low- and middle-income countries. Proposals are currently being accepted for Europe, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America, and the Caribbean. 

Each proposal is expected to respond to country-specific needs. The 'Knowledge and Innovation Exchange', through consultations with relevant stakeholders, have identified and published regional specific policy challenges for public education systems which can be used to guide proposals. 

Call for proposals - IDRC 

International leaders urge global community to guarantee equal access to COVID-19 vaccines

Leaders of Canada, Ethiopia, South Korea, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and Tunisia published an opinion piece on the Washington Post to highlight the importance of guaranteeing equal access to COVID-19 vaccines globally.

In the piece, the leaders noted that while COVID-19 has affected every part of the world, it has had a more significant impact on vulnerable groups. The op-ed remarks that the development of COVID-19 vaccines will be crucial for achieving the SDGs, including SDG 3, which focuses on healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages. However, the leaders posit this will require global cooperation on not just resources, but also on the manufacturing and distribution of the vaccines. Also, it will be beneficial for all countries if there is a managed flow of vaccines to partner countries.

The leaders also stressed their support for global initiatives and international organizations to secure COVID-19 vaccines such as the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) Facility, the World Health Organisation, Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A), and the International Vaccine Institute (IVI). Lastly, the leaders urged other global leaders to join the effort of ensuring equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines based on the spirit of greater freedom for all.

Op-ed – The Washington Post

Canada's International Development Research Centre releases findings from Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia

Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has released a new report outlining the novel findings of the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA). The outcomes of this initiative can be used to inform future climate change research.

IDRC and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) launched CARIAA in 2012 to support "high-risk climate hotspots across Africa and Asia" in building resilience and implementing "climate change adaptation policy".

CARIAA identifies the impacts of global warming on hotspots and reports on key ways to inclusively adapt to these impacts. The report highlights the importance of considering migration and promoting private sector adaptation in responding to climate change.

Report - IDRC