April 2017 Newsletter

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In Case You Missed It…. Budget 2017 Highlights for CanWaCH Partners and the International Development Sector

Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled his second budget in Ottawa on March 22nd and CanWaCH was there to deliver a timely update to our members. Read the CanWaCH Budget Brief and continue to monitor our website for the latest developments in Canadian investment in international aid and women and children’s health.

UN Commission on the Status of Women Results in Strong Pledge to Women’s Economic Empowerment

The 61st Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) ended with a commitment to ensure women’s full and equal participation and leadership in the economy, as well as women’s right to work and rights at work, as a vital step to achieving sustainable development. Read the full list of Agreed Conclusions adopted following session meetings from March 13 – 24. Canadian civil society organizations were well-represented over the course of the two weeks, including at dozens of side events.


Sophie Grégoire Trudeau spoke as a Deliver for Good ‘Campaign Influencer’ at the Women Deliver UNCSW61 side event March 15.

CanWaCH Global Adolescent Health Conference Updates

Program planning for the CanWaCH Global Adolescent Health Conference: Unleashing the Power of a Generation (May 16-17 in Ottawa) is nearing completion and we can’t wait to share details about speakers and program sessions in the coming days. We’ve been working with our conference partners, Every Women Every Child (EWEC), the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), to deliver a comprehensive, solutions-focused program on global adolescent health and you can expect to see an exciting line-up of high-level speakers unfolding on the conference website.

Key to building the program is consulting with youth and we have been pleased to benefit from the perspectives offered by our Conference Youth Council and the youth convening expertise of Women Deliver. Prepare to be inspired by the member profiles of the Conference Youth Council.

A reminder to register and to book your conference accommodations soon as hotels in Ottawa are filling quickly due to Canada’s 150th birthday events.

Congratulations! The Micronutrient Initiative Is Now Nutrition International

After 25 years, the Micronutrient Initiative has changed its name to Nutrition International to more accurately reflect its expanded scope and role as global development partner and advocate for nutrition. Nutrition International was created as an act of solidarity with malnourished people and has grown from a small Canadian start-up into a global nutrition organization reaching millions of vulnerable people every year. Read more about their work.

CCIC and CASID Partner on Next Generation Collaboration for Development

The Canadian Council for International Cooperation, CCIC, in partnership with the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID), is undertaking a new research program entitled Next-Generation Leadership: New Models for Canadian Collaboration in International Development. Over a three-year IDRC-funded program (2017—2019), CCIC and CASID will identify and promote new ways of working among practitioners, researchers, academics, students and policy developers. The project includes a new on-line searchable database of Canadian researchers at universities, colleges, research institutes, think-tanks and civil society organizations. Follow updates on CCIC’s website or subscribe to their newsletter, FLASH!

Women Deliver: Deliver for Good Campaign April Update

The Deliver for Good campaign theme for April is “Ensuring Access to Comprehensive Health Services”. Looking ahead, the May theme is “Improving Maternal and Newborn Health and Nutrition”. CanWaCH is a Deliver for Good Campaign Ally and our members are invited to share any related content or information on the campaign’s monthly themes by emailing us. Women Deliver offers a variety of resources for organizations, including infographics, policy briefs, suggested Tweets and more – all free to download and share.

Petition Seeks Invest in Polio Eradication to Eradicate Polio as Part of Canada 150

An e-petition has been launched calling on the Government of Canada to pledge $150M towards the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Help eradicate the second disease in history by signing the petition.


Call for Abstracts: Canadian Conference on Global Health

The Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) Canadian Conference on Global Health will take place October 29-31, 2017 in Ottawa. The conference theme is Leaving no one behind? Reflection for action in a changing world. The deadline to respond to the Call for Abstracts is May 31, 2017.

Call for Proposals: CIFAR Research Workshops

CIFAR, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, has issued a call for research workshop proposals in the area of child well-being as a follow-up to the CIFAR Forum on the Well-Being of the World’s Children. The workshops are part of a new research program for short-term, time-limited interactions of 10 to 20 people. Funded workshops are expected to be held by the end of 2017.


ADRA Canada Launches Maternal and Child Health Microsite. Heart for Maternal Health, ADRA Canada’s new microsite offers current data, reports, photos and videos related to global maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). Check out their resources and engage on Facebook, or on Twitter, using the hashtag #Heart4MaternalHealth.

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD) Offers Lessons Learned Using Social Media and ICT. ICAD is sharing the recommendations and ideas by individuals and organizations who use social media and ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in innovative ways to better serve the needs of people who are living with and affected by HIV, and their communities. Learn more about the project and read case studies in Digital Liaisons: Lessons learned from using social media and ICT in HIV Work. ICAD’s new website also offers a selection of publications and resources.

Enhancing Implementation Research Within Canada’s Investments in the Health of Women and Children Globally. Authored by Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, PhD, and Renee Sharma, MSc, of the Centre for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and Helen Scott, PhD, Executive Director of CanWaCH.

Global Compact Network Canada SDG Survey II. An analysis of the SDG Survey 2017 results and how they compare to previous survey results in 2015.


April 15, 2017