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Canada announces US$18 million for climate action, SRHR in Africa

September 11, 2023 | Canada, Gender Equality, Climate, Global Health | Share this update

On September 11, 2023, Canadian Minister of International Development Ahmed Hussen announced CAD25 million (US$18 million) in funding for climate change and SRHR initiatives at the Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.

The funding from Canada is slated to support nature-based climate solutions and conservation interventions in Africa, as well as continue Canada’s commitment to promote the SRHR of women and girls.

Initiatives in the announcement included:

  • CAD5 million (US$4 million) to the Global Centre on Adaptation to help accelerate climate adaptation action across Africa with a focus on food security, resilient infrastructure, youth entrepreneurship, and climate adaptation finance;
  • CAD3 million (US$2 million) to Oxfam Canada for the Her Future, Her Choice program to promote the SRHR of women and girls in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia, with a focus on neglected areas of abortion, contraception, comprehensive sexuality education, and SRHR advocacy; and
  • CAD17 million (US$12 million) to the International Institute for Sustainable Development to promote climate change resilience among women and local communities in Zambia, Uganda, Fiji, Belize, Namibia, Angola, and Zimbabwe.
Press release - Global Affairs CanadaPress release - Global Affairs Canada

Canada announces US$96 million for climate, food security, gender equality

September 10, 2023 | Canada, Gender Equality, Climate, Agriculture | Share this update

On September 10, 2023, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced CAD131 million (US$96 million) in funding for climate change, food security, and gender equality programming at the G20 Summit in New Delhi.

The funding announced by Canada included:

  • CAD63 million (US$46 million) to support climate change adaptation in Sub-Saharan Africa by helping to build climate-resilient economies, protect and increase biodiversity, and empower women and girls;
  • CAD8 million (US$6 million) to develop inclusive agricultural value chains in Bolivia to improve resilience for vulnerable Indigenous populations in the face of climate change and food insecurity;
  • CAD7 million (US$5 million) to the Catalytic Climate Finance Facility to address the impacts of climate change on economically vulnerable groups in LICs, particularly women and girls;
  • CAD16 million (US$12 million) to help finance and grow women-led agricultural enterprises in Nigeria;
  • CAD15 million (US$11 million) to help bolster food security in the Democratic Republic of Congo and increase incomes for women in the agricultural industry; and
  • CAD22 million (US$16 million) to improve school nutrition in Burkina Faso, helping to alleviate food insecurity and address the nutrition and education needs of the most vulnerable, especially girls.

Trudeau’s attendance at the G20 concluded a series of engagements in the Indo-Pacific region, where he participated in the ASEAN Summit in Indonesia, met with many of the region’s leaders, and officially launched the ASEAN-Canada Strategic Partnership.

Press release - Office of the Prime Minister of Canada

Canada announces US$19 million for security, SRHR in Indo-Pacific

September 5, 2023 | Canada, Gender Equality, Global Health | Share this update

On September 5, 2023, Canada announced CAD26 million (US$19 million) for initiatives promoting security and SRHR in the Indo-Pacific region.

The announcement was made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a trip to the Indo-Pacific to advance Canada- ASEAN relations. The funding from Canada included:

  • CAD10 million (US$7 million) to help ASEAN Member States prevent, detect, and respond to biological threats like pandemics;
  • CAD3 million (US$2 million) to the World Institute for Nuclear Security to reduce the threat of a nuclear or radiological security incident in Southeast Asia; and
  • CAD13 million (US$10 million) for two projects in Indonesia to advance the rights of women and girls by improving access to quality and comprehensive SRHR information and services.
Press release - Office of the Prime Minister of Canada

Canada announces US$16 million for Colombian gender equality programs

August 31, 2023 | Canada, Gender Equality, Global Health | Share this update

On August 31, 2023, Canadian International Development Minister Ahmed Hussen announced CAD23 million (US$16 million) for gender equality programming in Colombia.

Hussen made the announcement during a bilateral visit to Colombia to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. During the trip, he met with government officials to discuss shared commitments to gender equality, diversity, poverty reduction, and human rights.

The funding from Canada included:

  • CAD6 million (US$4 million) to UN Women to support public policies and programs that recognize, reduce, and redistribute unpaid care work disproportionately shouldered by women and girls;
  • CAD2 million (US$1 million) to UN Women to promote gender equality considerations within national and local budgeting processes and to strengthen local advocacy for gender equality financing;
  • CAD7 million (US$5 million) to the Pan American Health Organization to improve equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, particularly for vulnerable women and girls; and,
  • CAD8 million (US$6 million) to UNICEF Colombia to strengthen health systems by increasing access to COVID-19 vaccines and to gender-sensitive WASH.
Press release - Global Affairs CanadaPress release - Global Affairs Canada

Canada announces Indo-Pacific trip

August 30, 2023 | Canada, Gender Equality, Climate, Global Health | Share this update

On August 30, 2023, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that he will travel to Indonesia from September 5-6 to participate in the ASEAN Summit, followed by Singapore from September 7-8 for a bilateral visit, and India from September 9-10 to participate in the G20 Summit.

In Indonesia, Trudeau will meet with President Joko Widodo to discuss shared priorities including climate change, food security, and advancing economic ties through energy production and trade. Trudeau noted that he will officially launch the ASEAN-Canada Strategic Partnership at the ASEAN Summit.

In Singapore, Trudeau will meet with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to discuss strengthening bilateral relations, particularly through promoting Canadian exports and investment opportunities. He will also meet with several key leaders in the private sector.

In India, at the G20 Summit, Trudeau intends to promote collaboration among G20 partners to tackle global crises including in the areas of climate change, international financial institution reform, food and energy security, gender equality, and global health. He will also continue to advocate for collective action to hold Russia accountable for the war in Ukraine.

Press release - Office of the Prime Minister of Canada

Canada provides US$160 million for food security, health programs in Tanzania

July 25, 2023 | Canada, Education, Gender Equality, Global Health | Share this update

On July 25, 2023, Canadian International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan announced CAD213 million (US$160 million) for food security, education, and health programming in Tanzania.

Sajjan made the announcement during a visit to Tanzania. He met with government officials to discuss mutual priorities, including the advancement of inclusive education and of health systems that support sexual and reproductive rights.

The funding from Canada included:

  • CAD76 million (US$58 million) to the government of Tanzania and UNICEF for the Health Basket Fund to deliver lifesaving, essential primary healthcare services;
  • CAD15 million (US$11 million) to World Vision Canada to support SRHR services and programming for adolescent girls and boys;
  • CAD15 million (US$11 million) to Plan International Canada for its Adolescent Girls’ Health and Rights project;
  • CAD25 million (US$19 million) to UNICEF to increase access to learning and skills-development opportunities for adolescent girls;
  • CAD25 million (US$19 million) to Colleges and Institutes of Canada for its Empowerment Through Skills Program, which seeks to increase the economic participation of women and adolescent girls;
  • CAD19 million (US$14 million) to Mennonite Economic Development Associates Canada for its Feminist Entrepreneurs Growing Green Economies project supporting women entrepreneurs in dryland and semi-arid regions of Tanzania;
  • CAD23 million (US$17 million) to UNICEF and the WHO as part of Canada’s signature Global Initiative for Vaccine Equity (CanGIVE) initiative; and
  • CAD15 million (US$11 million) to Nutrition International to provide young and pregnant girls in the remote and rural region of Tabora with gender-responsive nutrition, SRHR, and SGBV information and services.

Tanzania received CAD127 million (US$96 million) in FY2021-2022, which made it one of the largest recipients of Canada’s international assistance.

Press release - Global Affairs CanadaPress release - Global Affairs Canada

Canada announces US$151 million for SRHR

July 20, 2023 | Canada, Gender Equality, Global Health | Share this update

On July 20, 2023, Canadian International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan announced CAD200 million (US$151 million) in funding for Canada’s new SRHR initiative, Strengthening Opportunities in Accessing Reproductive Services, or SheSOARS.

The announcement was made during the Women Deliver Conference in Kigali, Rwanda.

Projects funded under SheSOARS are meant to support neglected and underfunded areas of SRHR in more than 18 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The announcement included funding for issues such as family planning, comprehensive sexuality education, advocacy for SRHR, safe abortion, post-abortion care, and sexual and gender-based violence.

Funding announced for specific projects under SheSOARS included:

  • CAD35 million (US$26 million) to UNFPA - UNICEF for the Global Programme to End Child Marriage in Africa and South Asia;
  • CAD3 million (US$2 million) to Girls Not Brides to help end early, child, and forced marriage; and
  • CAD10 million (US$8 million) to MSI to provide access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services to women and adolescent girls in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

SheSOARS is part of Canada’s 10-Year Commitment to Global Health and Rights.

Press release - Global Affairs Canada

Canada launches US$19 million care economy initiative

July 16, 2023 | Canada, Gender Equality | Share this update

On July 16, 2023, Canada announced a new CAD25 million (US$19 million) care economy initiative with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

The Scaling Care Innovations initiative was launched as a five-year partnership between Global Affairs Canada and the International Development Research Centre. The program was developed to scale locally-grounded innovations to address gender inequalities in unpaid care work, including domestic work, childcare, elder care, and care for persons with disabilities.

Canadian Minister of International Development Harjit Sajjan made the announcement at the Women Deliver Pre-Conference on the Care Economy. The event was co-organized and co-hosted by 17 organizations, including IDRC, and strategized about how to strengthen care policies and promote investment in care solutions.

News article - International Development Research Centre

Canada invests US$38 million for gender equality in LAC region

June 22, 2023 | Canada, Gender Equality | Share this update

At the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact in Paris on June 22-23, 2023, Canadian International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan announced that Canada will invest CAD50 million (US$38 million) in the BlueOrchard Latin America and the Caribbean GDI Fund.

The GDI Fund was launched with a target of US$200 million and is part of a larger impact investing strategy to accelerate the financial inclusion of women, Indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, migrants, and other underserved groups in the region through a blended finance approach.

Canada is both a partner and the first investor in the fund, which is the first private debt fund of its kind to provide a gender, diversity, and inclusion investment focus in the LAC region.

Press release - Global Affairs CanadaNews article - IDB Invest

Canada pledges US$30 million for Sudan, neighbouring countries

June 19, 2023 | Canada, Education, Gender Equality, Global Health | Share this update

On June 19, 2023, Canada announced CAD40 million (US$30 million) in humanitarian and development assistance funding for Sudan and neighboring countries.

The announcement was made by Canadian Minister of International Development Harjit Sajjan. The funding from Canada included:

  • CAD34 million (US$25 million) in humanitarian assistance for Sudan and neighboring Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, and South Sudan to provide emergency health services, food and nutrition assistance, protection services, and essential life-saving support such as shelter, water, and sanitation; and
  • CAD6 million (US$4 million) in development assistance to support critical programming in areas such as education in emergencies, and GBV prevention and response.

The announcement brought total Canadian humanitarian assistance funding for Sudan and neighboring countries to over CAD165 million (US$123 million) in 2023.

Press release - Global Affairs Canada

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