September 2019 - The federal government engaged in vast consultation process involving all interested stakeholders at home and abroad as well as experts. The results of this consultation led to the first Feminist International Assistance Policy that targets poverty reduction through gender equality.
July 08, 2019 - "After a year of consultations involving more than 15,000 people in 65 countries, I am proud to present Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy. " - Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy - Global Affairs Canada
June 26, 2019 - "Participants relied on their experience, analysis and research to provide the department with many concrete ideas and suggestions about how Canada can deliver its international assistance more innovatively, efficiently and effectively, and better measure the results.
To increase our reach:
We reached out to the general public in Canada and several partner countries.
We reached out to government and civil society organizations, in Canada and abroad, including youth, indigenous and academic groups, women’s rights organizations, universities, private-sector entities, think tanks, and international, multilateral, regional and global organizations. GAC also reached out to practitioners in the fields of international assistance.
We engaged with leaders in the Global South and heard the voices of the poor, such as farmers using local radio programs and cell phones.
We webcast eight events and used new technologies such as Google Hangout to reach a wider audience across the country and around the world.
We benefitted from the input of Members of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. Canadian Parliamentarians also submitted ideas via the Review’s dedicated website.
We promoted the consultation process via a news release and through social media, including through the twitter hashtag #DevCanada.
We disseminated consultation materials in English, French and in local languages, in order to enable the participation of as many people as possible.
Global Affairs Canada is committed to an ongoing dialogue on international assistance and counts on its partners to continually challenge us to do better." - 2016 International Assistance Review: What we heard - Gobal Affairs Canada
November 09, 2018 - "The Department of Finance launched its 2018 consultations, which seek Canadians' views on its contributions to the World Bank Group's International Development Association, the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative, and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The Department would also like to hear from Canadians about how it can contribute to enhanced reporting of international assistance, as the Government committed to do in Budget 2018." - Department of Finance Consultation on Official Development Assistance, 2018 - Finance Canada
March 22, 2017 - "In 2016, the Government of Canada initiated a comprehensive review of its international assistance support. The review searched for ways to improve the impact and effectiveness of Canada’s foreign aid spending. The forthcoming policy framework will outline how Canada can best refocus its international assistance on the poorest and most vulnerable and help realize tangible progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As part of this new approach to international assistance, the Government of Canada will provide $650 million in funding to address gaps in sexual and reproductive health and rights in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities. [...] Canada has always embraced innovative approaches to bring the greatest benefit to people facing challenges and hardship around the world. To this end, the Government will launch a new Development Finance Institution, capitalized at $300 million, that will support sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing countries." - Building a strong middle class, Budget 2017-2018, p.182-183 - Government of Canada
December 21, 2016 - "On May 18, 2016 the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie announced a public review and consultations to renew Canada’s international assistance policy and funding framework. The new framework will help to refocus Canada’s international assistance on helping the poorest and most vulnerable people, and supporting fragile states. It will also determine Canada’s approach internationally to supporting the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. (…) The public consultations for the International Assistance Review closed on July 31, 2016. We engaged a wide range of Canadians and international partners, including Canadian NGOs, donor and partner governments, youth, people in developing countries, and experts in the field of international assistance." - Consultations to renew Canada’s International Assistance - Government of Canada
September 02, 2016 - "Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced the Tackling Poverty Together Project which will inform the development of new Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy. This project will consist of conducting case studies in six communities to provide a regional perspective as well as a broader understanding of poverty in communities across the country. It will also allow the Government to hear directly from Canadians living in poverty and learn from organizations who deliver poverty reduction programs." - The Government of Canada announces the Tackling Poverty Together Project - Employment and Social Development Canada
March 22, 2016 - "Over the next year, the Government will conduct a review of Canada’s international assistance policy framework. This review will include consultations with Canadians and international aid organizations to ensure that all perspectives are heard. The outcomes of the review will inform Budget 2017, and will take into account the Government’s international priorities as well as domestic considerations." - Growing The Middle Class, Budget 2016-2017, p.196 - Government of Canada