Financing Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy
On January 22, 2018, at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa, a panel of Canadian development experts explored issues and strategies related to financing Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy. Recognizing the likelihood of no new federal money for the policy, the panelists underscored the importance of rigorously testing interventions with women and girls that really work, paying special attention to programming in the STEM fields, and developing practical capacities to apply a gender lens to grant-making by Global Affairs Canada and investing by Canada’s new development finance institution and private-sector actors. Panelists included Stephen Tipman (panel Chair), Trade Facilitation Office of Canada, McGill University professor and economist Sonia Lazlo, Karen Craggs-Milne of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, as well as Ted Jackson, President of E.T. Jackson and Associates. The panel was part of the conference entitled Gender Equality, Inclusive Governance and the Law: Aligned for a Better World, co-sponsored by the Canadian Association of International Development Professionals and the Canadian Council on International Law.