International Assistance Review

International Assistance Review:  What We Heard

Global Affairs Canada released their report, ‘What We Heard’, reporting on the major themes emerging from the consultation process.  View Global Affairs’ website to read the results.

International Assistance Review Consultation: Reports

From May 18th to July 31st 2016, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, held the international assistance review and consultation process. It was the first opportunity in over a decade for civil society to voice their opinions on what Canada’s role in the world should look like. ACGC engaged in extensive consultations with our membership as part of the International Assistance Review process. We held in-person consultations in both Edmonton and Calgary, with opportunities for remote participation, had an online survey for our members, and participated in two high-level consultations hosted by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), including partnering with GAC on their high-level consultation in Calgary focusing on the topic responding to humanitarian assistance and the needs of displaced persons.

Using the feedback gathered from our members, ACGC contributed to the International Assistance Review in three ways: ACGC wrote an ACGC submission summarizing the recommendations from our members, contributed to the Inter-Council Network submission, and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation submission. In addition to topic specific recommendations, ACGC’s submission outlines 5 key recommendations that Canada’s international cooperation should adhere to:

  • Domestic and international leader in the realization of the SDGs. All of Canada’s international development work should be underpinned by the SDG framework and integrate all the economic, social, and environmental pillars of the 2030 Agenda
  • Sustainable development based in long-term relationships with local communities
  • Partnership, rights, and solidarity-based development with updated language
  • Increased and diversified development funding that is decoupled from trade goals
  • Integrated whole-of-Government and whole-of-Canada collaborations for sustainable development.