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Canadian Perspectives on International Development: Report of Results

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In February 2015, Engineers Without Borders Canada, in partnership with the Inter-Council Network (of which the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation is a part) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, commissioned a public opinion poll to gain an understanding of Canadians’ knowledge of, opinions on and engagement in global poverty issues.

Federal budget does little to tackle global poverty and inequality

Ottawa, April 22, 2015 - The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) believes that Canada can and must do better to tackle global poverty and inequality, promote women’s rights and arrest climate change - all crucial challenges of our times. In this regard, it is disappointed by the lack of concrete measures in Budget 2015 to address these pressing global challenges at a time when opportunity is knocking at our door.

Budget 2015 contains no announcement to improve Canada’s performance in aid spending. With no planned increases to international assistance, Canada remains at the back of the pack in terms of its relative contribution to a more secure and prosperous world – currently sitting in 16th place out of 28 donor countries.

“What is sorely needed from Canada is a clear signal that we will provide positive and decisive leadership in growing our aid budget and implementing measures to reduce the inequality gap,” said Julia Sánchez, President-CEO of CCIC and convenor of the “We Can Do Better” campaign. “Instead, this budget contributes little to stem growing inequality or to provide assistance to the poorest and most vulnerable in developing countries.”

Request for Feedback : Post-2015 Development Agenda - Government of Canada Priorities

DFATD is requesting feedback on the Government of Canada’s Post-2015 priorities. A feedback form on these Canadian priorities is now live on the DFATD website. Feedback forms will be accept through the website portal from April 7 to May 8, 2015.BCCIC encourages all members to engage with this feedback process.

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