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In 2010, Canada succeeded in doubling its foreign aid (since 2001) to meet international commitments, and then announced a freeze of its international assistance budget at $5 billion annually for the coming years. Now, the government is considering cuts across agencies in Canada, including international assistance, to save money and reduce the deficit.
Canadian aid is only around 2% of the overall budget, but it is achieving real results in the lives of the world’s poor. Last year Canadian aid provided food assistance to millions of people, it provided vaccines and treatment for deadly diseases to save lives of women and children, and it invested in agriculture and farming to help lift people out of poverty through sustainable livelihoods.
Cuts to poverty-fighting programs won’t balance the budget, but they will set back progress on Canada’s development priorities and risk jeopardizing existing investments. We must ensure that the government protects the critical international assistance budget.
As a leading international donor, Canada provides over CAD$5 billion per year in official development assistance (ODA) to reduce hunger and poverty and improve quality of life for the world’s poorest. Between 2001 and 2010 Canada doubled its spending on foreign aid. From 2004 to 2010, Canada doubled assistance to sub-Saharan Africa (albeit against an adjusted target) by CAD$802 million, to deliver a total of CAD$1.94 billion. MORE
Close your eyes and picture Africa. What do you see? Starving children? Drought? Conflict? If so, it’s not your fault. Quite often, it’s the only image painted by the media. Keep track of most mainstream news source’s coverage of Africa and you’ll rarely find anything other ... More
When Ben Leo, director of ONE's global policy team and Sara Messer, policy manager from ONE in Washington, D.C., recently traveled to Ottawa, it seemed like a great chance to have a meet up with some of our ONE members in the Ottawa area. From left to right ... More
A great guest post from ONE member Sarah Stone in Waterloo, Ontario:I recently had the privilege to travel to Ottawa with ONE and represent the thousands of Canadians who lent their voice to the petition calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to honor his commitments to the world's ... More
As we continue our campaign to protect critical Canadian international development funding, ONE member Sarah Stone, from Waterloo, Ontario, reports back from meeting her local member of parliament.As a constituent and on behalf of ONE I had the opportunity recently to meet with Peter Braid, Conservative Member of Parliament ... More
Guest post by James Haga, Director of Advocacy at Engineers without Borders Canada.Extreme poverty, the kind that deprives hard working people of their full potential, is an immediate reality for many. It is a real thing, gripping the lives of billions of people. The number is so massive that ... More
At around just 2 percent of the annual federal budget, Canadian foreign aid is achieving real results in the lives of the world’s poor. From providing life-saving vaccines and treatment for deadly diseases, providing food aid to reduce starvation, to investing in agriculture and farming to fight poverty and ... More