Earlier this month, the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) of Belize kicked off a series of staff training sessions and community consultations aimed at informing its new Gender Equality Policy and Action Plan. This initiative is supported by the Caribbean Development Bank and E.T. Jackson and Associates. DFC has appointed a Gender Champion from among its…(Read more)
In a recent post for AEA365, Zach Tilton makes the case for evaluators to integrate the Principles for Digital Development into their professional practice. Among others, the Principles promote user engagement, scale, sustainability and open source in the design and implementation of digital innovations and applications. To read his blog, click here. For more on…(Read more)
Organized by the Canadian Council for International Cooperation and the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development, the NextGen Symposium was held at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa on May 25-26, 2019. The meeting brought together reflective civil-society practitioners and engaged scholars to exchange lessons and tools for more effective research partnerships…(Read more)
A new report on the state of the field of blended finance was released on September 24, 2019, alongside the United Nations General Assembly, by the field-building non-profit Convergence. The report identifies some 50 blended finance deals are structured each year worth about $15 billion. However, it also finds that this level of activity cannot…(Read more)
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the Worker Rights Consortium and other partners in the Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) Network recently announced a legally binding agreement to stop sexual harassment and gender-based violence in Lesotho’s garment industry. Modelled after CIW’s Fair Food Program, and featuring an independent verification body like the Fair Food Standards Council, the…(Read more)
Diversity Food Services is serving up the most sustainable campus meals in all of North America at the University of Winnipeg. It’s the fifth consecutive year the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) scored UWinnipeg as the top Canadian campus in the food and dining category in their Sustainable Campus Index, but the first time the University has topped the entire rankings.
“In the world of foreign aid flows, the idea of paying for outcomes rather than inputs has a long history. Yet despite regular proclamations of interest in such approaches, the share of funding that is linked to outputs or outcomes instead of activities and processes remains quite small,” writes the Center for Global Development’s William…(Read more)
On June 26, 2019, Ted Jackson was elected the new Chair of the Canadian arm of the Diamond Development Initiative. A university professor and management consultant specializing in impact investing, economic development, gender equality and program evaluation, with long experience in Africa, Dr. Jackson joined the BoD of DDI Canada in 2011
A new ecosystem platform, Impact Investing Ghana (IIGh), was launched in Accra on June 18, 2019. Addressed by Ghana’s Minister of Finance, the Hon. Ken Ofori Atta, the launch event focused on the theme of ‘Leveraging Private Capital to Close the SDG Funding Gap for a Prosperous Ghana.’ (Read more)
An innovative new mechanism for supporting women’s rights organizations, the Equality Fund, was launched on June 2, 2019, on the eve of the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver. Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced a multi-year, $300 million commitment by the Government of Canada toward the fund, which has already raised an additional $100 million.