April 2023 Newsletter

Spring is in the air and there’s lots in bloom within the sector. Grab a coffee or a tea and settle in for a long but great read in the April edition of our newsletter! 

Preparing for Global Affairs Canada’s Call for Proposals: Resilient Health Systems for All 

In preparation for Global Affairs Canada’s upcoming Resilient Health Systems for All call for proposals, CanWaCH will be hosting an event on May 11 focused on connecting members and partners with other prospective applicants. Participants will come together to connect, share and discuss collaborative efforts to strengthen proposals and explore potential partnerships. Be sure to secure your spot today by visiting this link.

Calling All Youth and Youth Engagement Professionals

On May 11, CanWaCH’s Youth Working Group will host a convening moment for youth and professionals responsible for youth engagement! Today’s youth are leaders in advancing the health and rights agenda. This meeting will provide a platform for people working with young populations to discuss and learn about two key priority areas: sexual and reproductive health and mental health. Register today!

Out now on ThriveHire: Key takeaways and reflections from the Youth Working Group’s conversation with the Minister during International Development Week.

 Registration Open for CanWaCH’s Gender Equality Training

CanWaCH is thrilled to announce the ninth offering of our virtual Gender Equality Training sessions! Designed to build the confidence and capacity of the CanWaCH membership in the application of gender transformative programming in women, adolescent and children’s health, sessions will be held in early May 2023. For the registration details, please contact Erin Jex at [email protected]. Please note that this is the English offering of our Gender Equality Training and space is limited to 25 participants per session.

Are You Attending Women Deliver 2023? 

The Women Deliver 2023 (WD2023) conference will take place in Kigali, Rwanda from July 17 to 20! Are you, or is someone from your organization, planning to attend? Let us know by filling out this quick google form! CanWaCH will be connecting and amplifying members in attendance before and during WD2023.

A Warm Welcome to the Newest CanWaCH Members!

We’re thrilled to welcome the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Her International, Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR), Centre interdisciplinaire de développement international en santé (CIDIS) at the University of Sherbrooke, International Development Institute (IDI) at Humber College and Health Futures Inc to the CanWaCH membership! 

The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) is a progressive, feminist organization rooted in the principles of anti-colonialism and anti-racism. The SLF was created with the express purpose of supporting community-led and community-based organizations working at the intersections of HIV and human rights at the frontlines of the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Her International works towards the advancement of education and educational opportunities for people living in poverty in Canada and abroad, by increasing relevant knowledge, abilities and life skills of individuals and family members, with a focus on helping girls and women. 

Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) is a non-profit organization working in partnership with health professionals, vulnerable communities, governments and diverse organizations to build healthy communities in Africa.

Centre interdisciplinaire de développement international en santé (CIDIS) at the University of Sherbrooke brings together cutting-edge interdisciplinary expertise in the health, humanities and social sciences in order to contribute to improving the health of the most vulnerable populations. 

The International Development Institute (IDI) at Humber College is a Centre of Excellence focused on creating equitable, transformational change in the global education sector. Drawing on the skills and expertise of staff, faculty and students, IDI manages and implements high-quality capacity-building and development projects in education, health, STEM, business, social services, and emerging sectors.

Health Futures Inc is a Canadian company focused on improving health outcomes for patients by providing advanced technology to healthcare providers and patients. Health Futures looks to empower patients with knowledge of their healthcare status and provides options to improve their health outcomes.

Introducing Ethics in MEAL for Health and Rights Programming: A Short Guide

CanWaCH is pleased to present our latest guidance note! Ethics in MEAL for Health and Rights Programming: A Short Guide fills a gap in the area of ethics in monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) in global health and rights programs by providing practical guidance and promoting promising practices.

This guidance note builds on our Technical Guidance Note on Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Plans for Global Health & Rights Programs and our Technical Guidance Note on Measuring Women’s Empowerment in the Global Health Sector. It is intended for, but is not limited to, MEAL practitioners, program and project managers. Funding agencies may also find this information useful in their work. 

Save the Date: CanWaCH Academy

CanWaCH will once again host the CanWaCH Academy, a collection of virtual workshops, tutorials and training sessions across four consecutive days from June 5th to 8th. Sessions will focus on knowledge and professional development to support CanWaCH member organizations and their team members in advancing health and rights for women, children and adolescents globally. Check out some of the sessions from last year in our YouTube playlist

CanWaCH Dialogues: Toronto and Montreal Round Up! 

We were thrilled to connect with members and partners in Toronto and Montreal as part of our CanWaCH Dialogues! In-person meetings each day highlighted the amazing work they undertake and the impact they are having in Canada and around the world. Engaging evenings led to rekindled connections, shared inspiration and new partnerships between professionals and practitioners in global health. Thank you to all for joining us. Look back at the Dialogues in pictures by visiting the CanWaCH Dialogues Gallery!

Next Stop: Ottawa on April 18!

Help us find you: Are you working remotely?

As more and more positions transition to permanently remote, we have been excited to find CanWaCH members popping up in unexpected places across Canada. If you’re working remotely in a region, province or territory different from your organization’s headquarters, please let us know so we can make sure you don’t miss any events, activities and opportunities near you. Email us at [email protected] and update your location. Rest assured we do not share your information without your permission.

Watch for CanWaCH’s Member Engagement Survey

CanWaCH will be conducting a member engagement survey (MES) over the month of April. Please watch your inbox for CanWaCH’s MES as your feedback will help strengthen our efforts to support the health and wellbeing of women, children and adolescents around the world. Surveys will be sent to member identified leads across the CanWaCH membership in areas of monitoring and evaluation, programming, communications, policy, public engagement and gender equality. If you would like to provide feedback but have yet to receive a survey please let us know!

Presenting the Equal Futures 2023 Program! 

The Equal Futures 2023 preliminary program is out now! Guided by the theme “People, Perspectives and Partnerships”, the summit will feature engaging curated conversations, inspiring keynote addresses, knowledge spotlights, insightful panel discussions, breakout sessions and practical workshops. Equal Futures 2023 will be held on the traditional territories of Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, also known as Whitehorse, from May 17-18, 2023. 

Canadian aid sector responds to Federal Budget 2023

A coalition of over 90 NGOs representing a wide-range of development, humanitarian, environmental and advocacy groups expressed their disappointment to Budget 2023 as a cut to foreign aid aid was announced amidst a world facing multiple crises. Read the sector response here.  

Calling all CanWaCH members and partners: Take part in our Data Drive!

CanWaCH is collecting data on climate conscious global health initiatives, particularly those that focus on the intersections between climate, environment and health. To share your climate related projects, fill in this form and email it to Imaeyen Okon at [email protected]. We also invite updates on your new and existing health related projects. 

News, Publications and Resources 

Video: Why operationalize the Gender-Transformative Framework for Nutrition?, CanWaCH Interview with the Collaborative Initiative addressing gender and nutrition data gaps through the operationalization of the Gender-Transformative Framework for Nutrition

Youth In Conversation with the Minister of International Development, CanWaCH Youth Working Group

Tackling hunger and unemployment in Afghanistan, Human Concern International via CanWaCH ThriveHire Files 

Agricultural program empowers women and girls in Honduras, Cuso International

Call To Support Uganda’s LGBTIQ Communities, Dignity Network Canada 

Closing the gender blindness gap for women and girls, Orbis Canada

Column: ‘No water, no life’, Geoffrey P. Johnston interview with Justin Murgai, CEO of WaterAid Canada

Earth Day: We only have one, CAWST 

Ending the water, sanitation and hygiene crisis together: policy priorities for accelerating progress, WaterAid

IATI CSO Course, International Aid Transparency Initiative

ICFP2022 Scientific Sessions Recordings, International Conference on Family Planning

Inspired Albertan: Taryn Meyers (Video), CTV News featuring CAWST

Making nutrition a critical component of the Pakistan flood response, Nutrition International

Nutrition International and the African Union Commission join forces to launch advocacy campaign focused on reducing malnutrition particularly in adolescent girls, Nutrition International 

Peer to Peer: Student governments in India support nutrition for adolescent girls, Nutrition International

Program helps Cameroonian refugee grow business and help train others, Cuso International

Open Letter, WaterAid Canada

Upcoming Events 

April 14-16, CUGH 2023 – Global Health at a Crossroads:  Equity, Climate Change and Microbial Threats, in conjunction with The World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2023

April 17, Better Practices in Gender Lens Investing

April 18, CanWaCH Dialogues Ottawa

April 19, Charities information sessions and webinars

April 19, TOOLKIT Training on Using Finance as a Tool for Social Change – Ottawa

April 25, Les femmes migrantes et les soins prénataux transnationaux (French only)

April 26, TOOLKIT Training on Using Finance as a Tool for Social Change – Toronto

May 5, Rendez-vous de la jeunesse engagée, in Sherbrooke, organised by Oxfam-Québec and partners

May 6-8, Results Canada National Conference 

May 17-18, Equal Futures Network Summit Registration 

May 23-June 9, Summer Institute in Peace, Health and Sustainability with the Pegasus Institute (McGill University, Online).

May 26 – 28, Plan International Canada’s Youth Summit 2023

June 13-15, Online Course – Gender Equality and Global Health: Practical approaches for gender-transformative change (Registration open now. Limited to a maximum of 100 participants.)

June 19-22,  Summer Institute on Sustainable Health Systems 

October 17-20,  What Works Global Summit 2023. Evidence for global challenges, co-hosted by the Campbell Collaboration and the Bruyère Research Institute

Add Your Event to Our Events Calendar

Jobs and Opportunities

Gestionnaire de projets internationaux, Médecins du Monde Canada. 

Senior Project Manager – Social Prescribing, Canadian Red Cross

Call for submissions: research papers, opinion editorials, art-based submissions and other scholarly work, The Global Health: Annual Review (GHAR) Journal. Application deadline: April 14

Call for Proposals: CAM 2023 Conference – Ottawa, Canadian Association of Midwives. Application deadline: April 15

Director, Learning and Business Development, Mission Inclusion. Application deadline: April 16

Project Coordinator, National Programs, Canadian Association of Midwives. Application deadline: April 16

Midwifery Technical Expert, National Programs, Canadian Association of Midwives. Application deadline: April 16

Apply to attend Plan International Canada’s Youth Summit 2023, Plan International Canada. Application deadline: April 17

Feminist MEAL consultancy / Consultation en SEAR féministe, Power to Choose program / Programme Pouvoir Choisir, Oxfam-Quebec. Application deadline: April 18

Public Engagement and Social Media Officer, Mission Inclusion. Application deadline: April 18

Annual Giving and Events Specialist, Crossroads International. Application deadline: April 20

Investment & Pipeline Development Manager, Humanitarian Innovation, Grand Challenges Canada. Deadline: April 21

Board Director – Operation Eyesight Canada. Application deadline: April 22

Director, Major Giving and Corporate Partnerships, ONE DROP. Application deadline: April 23

Director of Philanthropy, WaterAid Canada. Application deadline: April 23

Canadian Network for NTDs Research Award, April 30

Gestionnaire de projets internationaux, Médecins Du Monde Canada. Deadline: April 30

Chief Program Officer, UNICEF Canada. Application deadline: May 1

Call for Papers for Supplement: Health systems under stress: Health Service responses, Human Resource Adaptation & Technological Innovation Resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, International Journal for Equity in Health and Health Systems Global. Deadline: May 1 

Executive Director, Coady Institute. May 1

Accountant, ADRA. Application deadline: May 5

Finance Director, ADRA. Application deadline: May 5

Program Development Officer, Right To Play. Application deadline: May 6

Request For Proposals – Exhibition Development, Design, Fabrication, and Tour, Application deadline: May 12

Administrative Coordinator, Partners In Health Canada. Application deadline: May 16

Indigenous Innovation Initiative – Request For Proposals, Grand Challenges Canada. Application deadline: June 1

Development Coordinator, Partners In Health Canada. Application deadline: June 5

Gender Equality Volunteer Opportunities with Cuso International, Cuso International. Application deadline: June 30

Call for Papers: Special Issue Topic Advancing our understanding of violence against children, International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Deadline: October 31

Have an opportunity that you would like to share with us? Please contact us at [email protected].

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April 13, 2023