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A Feminist Approach to Funding Women’s Groups

A Feminist Approach to Funding Women’s Groups

McLeod Group Blog, January 26, 2018

When Global Affairs Canada (GAC) announced the Women’s Voice and Leadership program to support its new feminist aid policy, with a budget of $150 million over five years, observers hoped for the creation of a fund with a clear purpose, approach, and implementation that would support women’s organizations in developing countries. Canada already has experience with this type of fund, as it established regional gender equality funds in the period after the Beijing World Conference ...

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What’s on the table in Charlevoix? Canada as host of the 2018 G7 Summit

What’s on the table in Charlevoix? Canada as host of the 2018 G7 Summit

McLeod Group Blog, January 22, 2018

Every year, heads of government of the G7 member countries (United States, France, Japan, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and Canada) get together for a day or two to discuss global issues and matters of mutual concern. This year, it’s Canada’s turn to host, in Charlevoix, Québec, during the first week of June. What will Prime Minister Justin Trudeau bring to the table by way of agenda and initiatives, and what commitments will he be asking ...

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Nuclear Disarmament: Seeking Political Stability

Nuclear Disarmament: Seeking Political Stability

McLeod Group guest blog by Douglas Roche, December 7, 2017

Not long before the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winners gather in Oslo to celebrate the progress made in nuclear disarmament, North Korea successfully tests a new long-range missile considered capable of a nuclear attack on the U.S.

How disjointed can the world become?

The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for its work in the development of the new Treaty on the Prohibition ...

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Making the Case for Foreign Aid

Making the Case for Foreign Aid

McLeod Group blog, December 4, 2017

When the Liberal government announced in June of this year that there would be an additional $62 billion over the next two decades for defence, but no additional funds for the much trumpeted Feminist International Assistance Policy, response was muted. There were several articles in the media, international development organizations expressed disappointment (again), but little response from the broader public. In short, there seemed to be no political cost to maintaining the aid ...

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Unjustified Delay in Canada’s Civil Society Partnerships Policy

Unjustified Delay in Canada’s Civil Society Partnerships Policy

Blog by Stéphanie Bacher, November 29, 2017

At the 2017 Canadian Council for International Co-operation’s Annual Conference, Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau unveiled Canada’s new Policy for Civil Society Partnerships for International Assistance (also called the Civil Society Partnerships Policy). To justify the updating of the policy, which replaces the one adopted by the Conservative government in 2015, Minister Bibeau cited the need to incorporate inputs from civil society organizations (CSOs) and to redefine the relationship between the ...

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How feminist is Canada’s new plan for women, peace and security?

How feminist is Canada’s new plan for women, peace and security?

McLeod Group guest blog by Rachel Vincent, November 27, 2017

When Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Canada’s second-ever national action plan on women, peace and security at the start of November, four other federal ministers as well as a huge crowd of civil society representatives and diplomats were also on deck for an impressive show of support. To what extent does it advance a feminist foreign policy? Though the new plan is a clear step forward, it also carries important ...

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PEACEKEEPING: NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T

PEACEKEEPING: NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T

McLeod Group Blog by Carolyn McAskie, November 22, 2017

When the current government was voted in two years ago, it triumphantly announced that Canada was back on the international stage, signifying a clear break with the previous regime which had run its own version of “Canada first”, picking and choosing among international fora, denigrating the UN and cutting international development contributions. Nowhere was the difference between the two governments more marked than in their respective attitudes towards UN peacekeeping. It appeared ...

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A Letter to the DAC Peer Review Team

A Letter to the DAC Peer Review Team

McLeod Group Blog, November 15, 2017

Next week, a team from the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), including representatives from Norway and Germany, will be in Ottawa as part of the preparations for the peer review of Canada’s international cooperation efforts to take place next June. Here is the McLeod Group’s letter of welcome to the visitors.

Dear Peer Reviewers,

Welcome to Ottawa! It has been five years since the last DAC review of Canada’s international cooperation activities and your visit comes ...

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Is Export Development Canada ready to run Canada’s new DFI?

Is Export Development Canada ready to run Canada’s new DFI?

McLeod Group guest blog by Karyn Keenan, November 9, 2017

Earlier this year, Export Development Canada (EDC), a Crown corporation mandated to promote Canadian exports and investment abroad, was tasked with running Canada’s new Development Finance Institute.

While EDC has for decades facilitated business in developing economies, its mandate is an exclusively commercial one. Its new objectives of poverty alleviation and sustainable development will require it to finance private investment that respects human rights and is protective of the environment. The ...

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The Latest on Canada’s Development Finance Institution

The Latest on Canada’s Development Finance Institution

McLeod Group Blog, November 2, 2017

Back in April 2015, the Harper government announced the creation of a Development Finance Institute (DFI) with $300 million of funding to be disbursed over five years. Canada’s DFI was to join a worldwide array of similar investment organizations that provide loans for private sector investments in developing countries. As our May blog indicated, this new initiative quickly disappeared into a political black hole from which it suddenly re-emerged as a new Liberal initiative ...

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