The Alberta International Development Program
An Analysis of Data 1974-2019
Published: September 2020
After 45 years, the Governemnt of Alberta eliminated the International Development Program in
October 2019. Following this announcement, the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC) launched a review of the international development program (herein called ‘the program”) to better understand the program’s history and scope, as well as the impact the program had across the globe. Using data available online, as well as data accessed through a freedom of information request made to the Government of Alberta, this analysis aims to provide insight into four key areas of the program, including:
- The annual budgets and expenditures over time
- The number and location of Alberta organizations which received funding
- The types of international development projects supported with the funding
- The countries and regions impacted by the contribution of Albertan
While not the main purpose of this analysis, a comparison to international development project-based funding provided by the federal government to Alberta-based organizations is made. This comparison sheds light on the access Alberta organizations have to federal funding now that Alberta funding is no longer available.
Through sorting, publicizing, and analysing the data received from the Alberta Government, ACGC hopes the findings can serve to amplify the public’s understanding of the impact Albertans have had on reducing poverty around the world.
Over 45 years (1974-2019), the Alberta Government funded 6,892 international assistance projects in at
least 85 countries, at a total expenditure of $117,356,825, while further mobilizing $519,541,030 in private donations towards these projects from Albertans.
In the last decade of the program (2009-2019), the Alberta Government funded 709 projects: 38% focused on education, 18% on health, and 15% on basic social services. Across all project types, 10% addressed issues of gender equality and the rights of women and girls. The regions receiving the largest share of projects and funding in the last decade included Eastern Africa (27%), Southern Asia (20%), and Central America (15%).
Between 2009-2019, funding was provided to 218 unique Alberta organizations located in 44 communities across the province. While the Canadian federal government is the primary source of government funding for international development projects, only 7 organizations of the 218 that qualified for funding from the Alberta government were successful in obtaining federal funding in the same period.
With this evidence, it can be concluded that the Alberta’s international development program was a invaluable mechanism to bolster the many efforts of Albertans to work in reducing poverty, addressing inequality, and supporting sustainable development in communities worldwide.
Together 2020: Conference Report
When the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020 one of the most notable initial impacts in Canada was a cascade of cancelled events, from concerts to classes and conferences. However, at the start of what UN Secretary General António Guterres has called the Decade of Action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the pandemic quickly highlighted something else: there is no time to waste. And so, Together|Ensemble 2020 was re-imagined as an online-only event to meet the need for people across Canada to discuss action on sustainable development with a focus on how to build back better.
The virtual conference featured over 100 speakers and was attended by over 1,400 unique users from across Canada and around the world In an increasingly online world, the conference demonstrated the ability to further use digital tools to strengthen and create feelings of belonging.
History of the Together Symposium: Together|Ensemble 2020 is the third iteration of a growing all-of-society conversation to track Canada’s commitment to achieving the SDGs. The Together|Ensemble movement has its roots in the vision of Calgary-based sustainability consultant Mel Wilson. From a series of roundtables in Edmonton and Calgary that brought together professionals and students interested in advancing the SDGs in Alberta, Together 2017 emerged. It was convened by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC) and was the first multi-stakeholder symposium in Canada dedicated to the SDGs and was followed by Together 2018. Together|Ensemble 2020 builds on this dynamic history.The 2020 event was organized by Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI), Sustainable Development Solutions Network Canada (SDSN Canada) and Université Laval with the guidance and support of ACGC, Alliance 2030, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo
Youth for Gender Equality’s Youth Led Roadmap
Authors: Plan Canada International
Published: June 2019
The uniquely youth-led Roadmap – launched at the Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference in Vancouver, on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. It reflects the powerful perspectives of over 300 youth from all over Canada with diverse experiences and backgrounds, such as youth who have experienced homelessness, Indigenous youth, young people of colour, newcomers to Canada and members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, among others, as well as individuals from remote and rural communities in Canada. ACGC was a partner in the initiative, and helped mobilize youth in Alberta to participate
The Roadmap includes 20 recommendations that individual Canadians can take today to achieve gender equality within their homes, communities and beyond. It also includes more than 40 additional recommendations targeted at public institutions, the private sector and governments to help Canada achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender equality, by the goals’ end date of 2030.
A Feminist Approach to Climate Justice
Authors: ICN, ACGC
Published: June 2019
The Inter-Council Network Youth Delegates attending Women Deliver have participated in a collective process, forming a policy document “A feminist approach to climate justice.”
“Women are disproportionately affected by climate change impacts such as droughts, floods, and other
extreme weather events. They also have a critical role in combatting climate change, but need to be
better represented at all levels of decision making. Empowering women will be a significant factor in
meeting the climate challenge.”
-Former UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christina Figuere
Together 2017 – Collaboration, Innovation, and the Sustainable Development Goals
This symposium report is based on the outcomes of Together 2017, the first ever multi-stakeholder SDG Symposium in Canada. Hosted by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC), the Symposium brought together over 270 attendees, representing 150 organizations.
International Assistance Review Consultation: Reports
Authors: ACGC, ICN, CCIC
Published: July 2016
Reports submitted to Global Affairs Canada as part of the international assistance review and consultation process held by the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau between May 18 – July 31, 2016.
Small and Medium Sized Organizations as Development Actors: A Review of Evidence
Author: Brian Tomlinson
Published: May 2016
Specialized, well-connected, and flexible, small and medium sized organizations play a crucial role in international development and public engagement in Canadia. They operate in our cities and communities, and their impact stretches beyond our borders to reach the most vulnerable in our world.
Canadian Perspectives on International Development: Report of Results
Collaborators: Engineers Without Borders Canada, Inter-Council Network, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Published: February 2015
This report is the results of a commissioned a public opinion poll conducted to gain an understanding of Canadians’ knowledge of, opinions on and engagement in global poverty issues.
Albertan Views: Global Poverty Study
Date: January 2009
This report outlines the results of a province-wide and Canada-wide survey conducted by ACGC), in partnership with the Wild Rose Foundation and Angus Reid Strategies, which examined the public perceptions of global poverty and the role that Albertans (and Canadians) play in addressing this important issue.