International Cooperation Advocates Call on Government to Help End the Pandemic Everywhere

Thursday, February 10, 2022 – This International Development Week (IDW), international cooperation advocates and organizations called on the government to invest $1.5 billion to end the pandemic, take faster action on the fight against climate change, and help build peace around the world. In their largest number of meetings with parliamentarians in IDW history, members of Cooperation Canada and the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH), emphasized the need to build back a more equitable, healthy, and resilient world.

The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of International Development, kicked off the week with a sector-wide event where he outlined his priorities for the year ahead and spoke of the incredible impact Canadian organizations are having around the world. While stressing that collaboration will be essential for finding solutions to shared global problems, he also made clear the importance of celebrating the successes of hard-working human rights defenders and sector champions.

On February 9, Cooperation Canada recognized these efforts at their annual awards ceremony, acknowledging Rita Morbia for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the promotion of women’s equality with the Karen Takacs Award. The Innovation & Impact Awards, presented in collaboration with World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the Trustees of the Lewis Perinbam Award, were awarded to Vinod Rajasekaran for developing Future of Good, a digital tool for publishing stories, news, analysis, and commentary about the development sector, and to CAUSE Canada for its innovation test project, “Mi Small Wef” No More: Eradicating Child Marriage in Sierra Leone by Working with Men in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

“We are proud to honour feminist innovators and leaders in our sector. Our winners embody the inclusive, collaborative, and unabashedly feminist approaches that underpin our sector’s contributions to a better world,” said Shannon Kindornay, Cooperation Canada’s Interim CEO.

“As we collectively strive to urgently vaccinate the world and stop the spread of COVID-19 variants, it remains important to take a moment to celebrate Canadians’ long history of working in partnership with low- and middle-income nations to advance their citizens’ health and rights,” said Julia Anderson, CanWaCH CEO. “By marking these accomplishments, we fuel our resolve to continue on, redoubling our efforts in international cooperation to combat the setbacks this pandemic is inflicting on billions.”


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Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH)
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Gabriel Karasz-Perriau
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Cooperation Canada
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Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights

ADRA Canada

Alinea International

Amref Health Africa in Canada

L’Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI)

The British Columbia Council for International Cooperation

Canada International Scientific Exchange Program

Canada World Youth

Canadian Foodgrains Bank

Canadian Lutheran World Relief

Canadian Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases

Canadian Partnership for Women’s and Children’s Health (CanWaCH)

CARE Canada

Canadian Center for Women’s Empowerment (CCFWE)

Canadian Christian Relief and Development Association (CCRDA)

Centre d’étude et de coopération internationale

Children Believe Fund

Coady Institute


Collaboration Santé Internationale

Cooperation Canada

Crossroads International

Cuso International

Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education

Feed the Children Canada

Global Citizen

Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN)

Health Partners International of Canada

Human Concern International

Islamic Relief Canada

Justice Education Society

Manitoba Council for International Cooperation

Mennonite Central Committee Canada

Mennonite Economic Development Associates

Mission Inclusion

Nutrition International

ONE Canada

Oxfam Canada

Oxfam Québec

Parliamentary Centre

Partners in Health Canada

Penny Appeal Canada

Plan International Canada

Presbyterian World Services & Development

Results Canada

Samaritan’s Purse Canada

Save the Children Canada



The United Church of Canada

University of British Columbia

University of Ottawa, Bruyere Research Institute

World University Service of Canada (WUSC)

Youth Opportunities Global Ambassador of Canada


February 10, 2022