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G7 finance ministers call on donors to coordinate efforts, increase investments

May 25, 2024 | UK, France, Canada, Japan, US, Italy, Germany, EUI, Global Health, Climate, Education, Agriculture, Gender Equality, Nutritious Food Systems | Share this update

On May 23-25, 2024, the G7 Ministers of Finance met at a summit in Stresa, Italy, where the ministers voiced support for contributions to the IDA, WHO, Gavi, and the Global Fund in the resulting communiqué.

The G7 ministers supported efforts towards a successful 21st replenishment of the IDA by the end of 2024 through an ambitious policy and financing package. Notably, they did not give a concrete signal that the critical US$100 billion threshold requested by the World Bank will be crossed, nor any indication of the US$120 billion expected by African leaders.

The ministers reaffirmed their dedication to strengthening the governance and finance of the global health architecture and voiced support for refinancing processes of several GHIs, such as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the WHO, and the Global Fund, and expressed support for the Pandemic Fund. The communiqué called on the donor community to coordinate efforts and increase investments in global health in line with their capacities to ensure sustainable funding and maximize the impact of available resources.

Following the summit, the C7 pointed out the G7's lack of ambition and financial commitment to international development, including climate adaptation. International civil society organizations criticized the lack of any reference to allocating SDRs to global solidarity.

G7 Ministers of FinanceC7 statement

Canada announces US$143 million to education, SRHR, climate, peace, security in Ethiopia, Tanzania

May 16, 2024 | Canada, Education, Agriculture, Gender Equality, Nutritious Food Systems, Family Planning, Climate, Global Health | Share this update

On May 16, 2014, Canadian Minister of International Development Ahmed Hussen concluded a trip to Ethiopia and Tanzania, where he announced nearly CAD195 million (US$143 million) to several development projects focused on education, SRHR, climate, peace, and security.

The funding included:

  • CAD65 million (US$48 million) to UNFPA to implement the Protecting the Dignity and Rights of Women and Girls project in Ethiopia, which will support family planning services and prevention and response to SGBV;
  • CAD30 million (US$22 million) to the International Finance Facility for Education to implement a new financing mechanism for global education, which will support lower-middle income countries to fund quality education;
  • CAD25 million (US$18 million) to ACELI Africa to implement the Agri - SME Catalytic Financing Mechanism, helping high-impact agricultural SMEs and promoting economic growth and food security;
  • CAD21 million (US$15 million) to CARE Canada for the Her Resilience, Our Planet project, which promotes climate-resilient agriculture and supports the empowerment of women to address climate change;
  • CAD20 million (US$15 million) to the [[AU] to help implement its 2063 agenda and strategic plan to advance sustainable and inclusive development;
  • CAD15 million (US$11 million) to UNICEF’s Improving Adolescent SRHR in Tanzania initiative, to enhance access to gender-responsive SRHR information and services for adolescents; and,
  • CAD14 million (US$10 million) to the UNDP’s demobilization and reintegration project in Ethiopia.
Press release - Global Affairs Canada

Canada announces US$48 million to support needs of Palestinians

May 16, 2024 | Canada, Education, WASH & Sanitation, Global Health | Share this update

On May 16, 2024, Canadian Minister of International Development Ahmed Hussen announced CAD65 million (US$48 million) in funding to address urgent civilian needs in Gaza amid the ongoing conflict, including food, medical assistance, and other essential services.

The funding includes CAD25 million (US$18 million) to UNRWA, previously announced in June 2023, as well as an additional CAD40 million (US$29 million) in new funding distributed to UNWRA and other trusted partners, including the CRC. The funding will support the distribution of food, water, emergency medical assistance, protection services, and other critical assistance.

Hussen also announced that Canada has delivered a payment of CAD25 million (US$18 million) to UNRWA as part of its previously announced existing multi-year commitment with the agency to help meet the education, health, and safety assistance needs of Palestinian refugees in the region.

Canada reiterated its condemnation of Hamas and their attack on October 7, 2023, as well as Canada’s demand for the immediate release of hostages, the urgent need for an immediate and sustained ceasefire in Gaza, and its commitment to a two-state solution.

Press release - Global Affairs Canada

C7 releases international civil society communiqué around seven key issues

May 15, 2024 | Italy, Germany, EUI, Japan, Canada, US, France, UK, Education, Agriculture, Gender Equality, Nutritious Food Systems, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, Family Planning, WASH & Sanitation, Climate, Global Health | Share this update

On May 14-15, 2024, the C7 summit was held at the UN FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, organized by the Italian Civil Society Coalition that led, coordinated, and moderated the C7 2024 process.

Approximately 400 global representatives took part in the event, as well as international decision-makers, including FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu, Italian G7 sherpa Ambassador Elisabetta Belloni, Cardinal, President of the Italian Episcopal Conference, Pope’s envoy for the Russian-Ukrainian conflict Matteo Maria Zuppi, and Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign Marina Ponti.

The official C7 communiqué that listed the international civil society recommendation to the G7’s Leaders around seven key issues was released at the event, which included:

  • Economic justice and transformation;
  • Climate, energy transformation, and environmental justice;
  • Global health;
  • Principled humanitarian assistance;
  • Peace, common security, and nuclear disarmament;
  • Human mobility and migration; and
  • Food justice and food systems transformation.
C7 communiqué

Canada announces US$96 million to Sudan, neighbouring countries amid armed conflict

April 15, 2024 | Canada, Global Health, WASH & Sanitation, Nutritious Food Systems, Gender Equality, Education | Share this update

On April 15, 2024, Canadian Minister of International Development Ahmed Hussen participated in the International Humanitarian Conference for Sudan and its Neighbours, where he announced CAD132million (US$96 million) in international assistance funding to Sudan and neighbouring Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, and South Sudan.

The announcement included nearly CAD101 million (US$73 million) in humanitarian assistance and nearly CAD32 million (US$23 million) in development assistance amid the ongoing armed conflict in Sudan. The funding is slated to provide crisis-affected people with emergency health services, food and nutrition assistance, protection services for gender-based violence survivors, and other assistance including shelter, water, and sanitation services. The development assistance will support critical programming in SRHR and education infrastructure.

Press release - Global Affairs Canada

Canada announces US$18 million for International Youth Internship Program

March 25, 2024 | Canada, Education, Agriculture, Climate | Share this update

On March 25, 2024, Canada’s Minister of International Development Ahmed Hussen announced CAD25 million (US$18 million) in funding for Canada’s International Youth Internship Program.

The program allows youth ages 18 to 30 years, especially those who identify as Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQI+, or living with disabilities, to be paired with organizations in LICs and LMICs to work in sectors such as education, social services, human rights, agriculture, aquaculture, and more.

The program has been operating for over 25 years and allows youth to gain skills and experience in the field of international development. The new funding will run from 2023 to 2028 and allow more than 800 eligible youth to complete internships in over 40 LICs and LMICs.

News article - Global Affairs Canada

Canada announces US$49 million for international development projects in Mozambique

March 18, 2024 | Canada, Global Health, Education, Gender Equality, Family Planning | Share this update

On March 18, 2024, Canadian Minister of International Development Ahmed Hussen announced CAD66 million (US$49 million) in funding for six international development projects to support sexual and reproductive health and rights, mental health, and education for women and girls in Mozambique.

Projects included:

  • CAD20 million (US$15 million) to the University of Saskatchewan for their Sexual and Reproductive Health for Young Women in Inhambane project, which aims to improve sexual, reproductive and maternal health and rights in the province of Inhambane;
  • CAD20 million (US$15 million) to Pathfinder International for Impacto II: Supporting Family Planning Services in Mozambique, which aims to improve gender equality, self-determination, and access to sexual and reproductive health services in the Tete and Manica provinces;
  • CAD13 million (US$10 million) to the UNDP through Action for Girls and Young Women’s SRHR, which removes barriers that prevent young women from accessing sexual and reproductive health rights services;
  • CAD7 million (US$5 million) to the WHO’s Improving Data for Better Health Systems project, which aims to improve the quality of data to facilitate decision-making on sexual, reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health;
  • CAD5 million (US$4 million) to the University of Washington for the project Empower Mental Health, focused on strengthening existing health care and community-based systems of mental health care for underserved populations in the provinces of Manica and Sofala; and
  • CAD1 million (US$1 million) to the Voluntary Service Overseas for their Empowering Adolescent Girls to Learn and Earn project, which aims to expand the basic literacy and numeracy of 3,000 out-of-school adolescent girls.
Press release - Global Affairs Canada

Canada resumes funding to UNRWA

March 8, 2024 | Canada, Global Health, Education, Agriculture | Share this update

On March 8, 2024, Canadian Minister of International Development Ahmed Hussen announced that Canada is lifting its temporary pause on funding to the UNRWA.

Canada announced a temporary suspension of UNRWA funding on January 26, 2024, following allegations of the involvement of some UNRWA staff in the Hamas attack on October 7, 2023. As UNRWA has taken immediate measures to strengthen oversight and accountability, Canada resumed funding due to the vital role UNRWA plays in providing over 2 million people in Gaza with humanitarian relief, as well as other operations supporting 4 million people elsewhere in the region.

Press release - Global Affairs Canada

Cooperation Canada publishes Global Landscape Analysis, outlines innovative development strategy

February 28, 2024 | Canada, Gender Equality, Climate, Global Health, Education | Share this update

On February 28, 2024, Cooperation Canada launched their Global Landscape Analysis of the international cooperation sector, a report of IDRC's Futures Initiative, which encompasses extensive research to provide a comprehensive outlook of the trends, challenges, and emerging issues impacting international development cooperation for the coming decade.

The report focused on five issue areas that present pressing challenges to international development: political, environmental, social, economic, and technological. It examined geopolitical shifts impacting issues, including climate change, gender equality, education, healthcare, and civil liberties.

The report was intended to be the first step to achieving the project’s goal of defining three transformative scenarios for global development cooperation. The report recommended that CSOs adopt innovative strategies in the face of a volatile international development cooperation landscape, including:

  • Strategic foresight: Implementing a systemic approach to anticipate challenges, explore alternative futures, and identify strategic opportunities;
  • Integrative thinking: Bringing siloes and developing holistic approaches that engage diverse stakeholders and systems;
  • Impact communication: Demonstrating impact and effectively communicating results and tangible outcomes, in the face of shrinking funding pools; and
  • Diversification of revenue streams: Diversifying revenue sources to bolster financial resilience in the face of challenges such as diminishing contributions from ODA and shrinking civic space.
Report - Cooperation CanadaWeb Page - Cooperation Canada

Canada announces US$70 million for development projects in Jordan

February 22, 2024 | Canada, Education, Gender Equality, Climate, Nutritious Food Systems | Share this update

On February 22, 2024, Canadian Minister of International Development Ahmed Hussen announced CAD95 million (US$70 million) in new development assistance for seven projects in Jordan.

The funding will include CAD72 million (US$53 million) for education projects and CAD23 million (US$17 million) for renewable energy and biodiversity projects.

The projects were listed as:

  • CAD33 million (US$24 million) to the Government of Jordan for the second phase of the Education for Jordan Prosperity project, which aims to build a stronger, equitable, and inclusive education system;
  • CAD18 million (US$13 million) to Cowater International for the second phase of the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Project, which will increase the employability of women and marginalized groups in the climate-smart agriculture and renewable energy sectors;
  • CAD18 million (US$13 million) to the Queen Rania Teacher Academy for the Developing Jordan’s Public School Educators project, which will improve the quality of Jordanian education through the training and professional development of teachers;
  • CAD12 million (US$9 million) to the World University Service of Canada for the Burden of Child Care Reduced and Addressed for Women in Jordan project, which will improve access to quality child-care services and increase women’s employment opportunities;
  • CAD7 million (US$5 million) to UNESCO for the Technical Assistance for Transforming Technical Vocational Education and Training project, to support safe and inclusive education for Jordanians and refugees;
  • CAD5 million (US$4 million) to the UNDP for the Protecting Marine Biodiversity in Aqaba project, which will help conserve and restore marine and land biodiversity; and
  • CAD3 million (US$2 million) to the German Society for International Cooperation for the Labour Market Oriented Vocational Training project, which will better integrate women and youth into the Jordanian labor market.
Press release - Global Affairs Canada

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