January 2024 Newsletter

Secure your early bird spot at the Healthy World Conference

We’re looking forward to the opportunities to share, learn and connect meaningfully throughout 2024, including our flagship event! Held from May 14 to 15 on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka Nation, also known as Montréal, Quebec, the Healthy World Conference: Dialogues on health, gender and climate resilience, will bring together key actors and thought leaders to critically examine how climate, health and gender transformative actions can be more effectively integrated into our work.

Early-bird pricing is now available! Be sure to secure your spot before March 15, 2024. 

CanWaCH is offering a range of partnership opportunities which all include digital and onsite promotion. Get in touch with us to discuss available opportunities by emailing Nicole Jamrozinski, Manager, Development and Engagement.

CanWaCH is excited to release our 2022-2023 annual report!

This past year, CanWaCH sought to build on our collective momentum by doubling down on intentionality. Our annual report highlights the careful thought that went into all CanWaCH activities, and the powerful outcomes that followed.

CanWaCH Dialogues: Calgary and Vancouver! 

Our members and partners have shared that in-person dialogues offer tremendous value in driving momentum towards new partnerships and collaboration. Join us for a screening of Dan Pallotta’s UnCharitable documentary followed by an evening of casual discussion and networking with colleagues from across the CanWaCH membership and international cooperation sector. Mark your calendars with the following dates! Registration information will be shared by e-mail and CanWaCH social media channels.

  • Calgary: February 20
  • Toronto: February 26 

Guidance to partners on the new approach to Holdback and greater Budget Line Flexibility

Global Affairs Canada is changing the way they manage contribution agreements for International Development Assistance (IDA). Through the introduction of two financial policy innovations, recipient organizations will see greater flexibility to manage project budgets and a reduction in the financial impact of holdbacks. The changes apply to all IDA contribution agreements as of December 1, 2023. Learn more by visiting this page and the Grants and Contributions Transformation Initiative

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68)

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) will take place from March 11 to 22 in New York City. Are you attending or planning an in-person or virtual side event? If so, we want to know! Please fill out this survey so we can connect with you and inform you of future plans. 

Watch your inbox: Reaching out to members this winter

To help strengthen our efforts to support the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents around the world, CanWaCH will be conducting member outreach to evaluate our efforts this winter. Members can expect to hear from CanWaCH staff with a request to participate in focus groups, key informant interviews or through our annual member engagement survey. We continue to be committed to listening to member experiences, improving our engagement and evolving alongside our membership. We hope you’ll join us through one of these engagement channels!

Member opportunity: In-person public engagement activities

CanWaCH is thrilled to announce an opportunity for members seeking to bolster their public engagement endeavors in 2024! We are actively seeking partnerships with member organizations to enhance public engagement (PE) through impactful in-person events. We have learned many lessons from our online PE activities and are now looking to do the same for in-person events across the country. You can find the Request for Partnership webpage, with additional details of the program here.

Upcoming sector moments: International Development Week and Black History Month

International Development Week (IDW) 2024 will be taking place from February 4 to 10! IDW 2024 will highlight the key role of youth in shaping our global future and how investing in youth works to cultivate a generation empowered to build a more inclusive, prosperous and sustainable world. Check out our events calendar to learn about some of the events being hosted by our members and partners, including WUSC’s 13th International Forum and the International Development Institute’s event exploring intersections between higher education and the SDGs. Join the conversation by using the #GoForTheGoals and #IDW2024 hashtags across social media!

The week also places a spotlight on international development efforts and recognizes Canadian contributions made through partnerships around the world. Check out our impact stories to learn about some of the efforts by CanWaCH members and partners. View this LinkedIn post from Islamic Relief Canada on seven crises you should know about in 2024 and how they are working to respond. 
The month of February also marks Black History Month, a month focussed on challenging past and present effects of anti-Black racism and violence, uplifting the diverse and unique voices of Black folks, while creating various learning, sharing and community opportunities. Keep up with the Anti-Racist Cooperation Hub for resources and programming. 

Presenting At a Glance: Your quick guide to Canva for non-profits 

Did you know that Canva for Nonprofits gives you and your team access to Canva for Teams’ premium features for free? Learn about how you can get started with the online graphic design tool and set up an account for your organization in our latest At a Glance edition!

News, Resources and Publications   

Artificial Intelligence in the Development Sector: What’s It All About?, CanWaCH via Write to Thrive

Decriminalizing Abortion: A Journey Towards Access and Equity, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights and The SexEd Justice Project via Write to Thrive

Intersecting Paths of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, CanWaCH, Canadian Red Cross and Plan International Canada via Write to Thrive

‘Tis the season for commanding hope, Julia Anderson, CanWaCH CEO via Write to Thrive

Women’s Economic Empowerment: A Double-Edged Sword for Gender-Based Violence, Amref Health Africa in Canada and the Canadian Center for Women’s Empowerment via Write to Thrive

A Shared Dream: Digital Storytelling to Support Gender Equality in East Africa (Video), Digital Storytelling for Global Health Research and Action Collaborative Initiative

A Journey to Healing: A guide for LGBTIQ-led organizations implementing mental health programs, Stephen Lewis Foundation

Breaking the barriers to women’s leadership: The power of a youth-driven approach to equitable workplaces, Plan International Canada

Catalysts for Change: A blueprint for moving from youth inclusion to youth leadership in HIV responses, Stephen Lewis Foundation

Evaluating Large-Scale Health Programs Specialization (Course), Institute of International Programs (IIP) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

First Comes Food: Navigating a Convergence of Global Crises, Canadian Feed the Children

Lighting the way for women coffee farmers in Honduras, Cuso International

Lucky Iron Fish unveils as Lucky Iron Life, Lucky Iron Life

“Mi Small Wef” No More (“My Little Wife” No More), CAUSE Canada and CAUSE Canada – Sierra Leone Partnership

Noma is Officially Recognized as a Neglected Tropical Disease by the World Health Organization, Canadian Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases

Program improves quality of life for young girls and boys in rural Colombia, Cuso International 

#ReachEveryChild in 2024, Results Canada

The impact Lucky Iron Fish has on families in Benin, Lucky Iron Life

Treating Afghanistan’s Invisible Mental Health Crisis, Action Against Hunger Canada

Urgent, Feasible, Impactful, and Fundable! A Case for LGBTIQ-led Mental Health Initiatives, Stephen Lewis Foundation

We Lead by Sabi (We Lead by Example), CAUSE Canada and CAUSE Canada – Sierra Leone Partnership

Interested in submitting a blog to Write to Thrive? Visit CanWaCH.ca/stories!

Upcoming Events   

January 18, An Anthology of Canadian Birth Stories: Inspiration and Essential Guidance for Parents, Parents-to-be, and Healthcare-providers

January 23, Canadian Engagement in Global Trachoma Elimination Strategies

January 24, International Day of Education

January 29, Safe Pregnancy and Birth for All: Addressing Racism in Reproductive Healthcare

January 30, World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day

February 6, Zo Reken film screening

February 6 & 7, Taking Action on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Canada and Beyond

February 8, Results monthly National Call 

February 8-10, WUSC’s International Forum 2024

February 9, Exploring Intersections between Higher Education and the SDGs

May 21 & 22 or May 23 & 24, From Evidence to Impact: Fundamentals of Global Health Advocacy

Jobs and Opportunities  

Director, Policy and Advocacy, Cooperation Canada. Application deadline: January 21

Conference Scholarship, IAS. Application deadline: January 23

Program Manager, Stephen Lewis Foundation. Application deadline: January 23

Request for Proposal – Indigenous Event Planning Services for NCIM, National Council of Indigenous Midwives (NCIM). Application deadline: January 24

Office Manager, Healthbridge Foundation Canada. Application deadline: January 26

Digital Marketing Manager, Effect Hope. Application deadline: January 31

Direction des finances et de l’administration, Santé Monde. Application deadline: January 31

International Youth Fellowship 2024, Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Application deadline: February 2

Coordonnateur.rice des finances et de l’administration en Haïti, Médecins du Monde Canada. Application deadline: February 12

Business Development and Knowledge Management Advisor – Ethiopia, Cuso International. Application deadline: February 29

Marketing and Communications Advisor – Colombia,  Cuso International. Application deadline: February 29

Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor – Nigeria,  Cuso International. Application deadline: February 29

Request for Partnership: Public Engagement Events, CanWaCH. Application deadline: February 29

Business Marketing Advisor – Ethiopia, Cuso International. Application deadline: March 31

Director of Philanthropy, Amref Health Africa in Canada. Application deadline: March 31

Employment and Business Advisor – Peru, Cuso International. Application deadline: March 31

Gender Policy Advisor – Colombia, Cuso International. Application deadline: March 31

Resource Mobilization Advisor – Tanzania, Cuso International. Application deadline: March 31

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

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