There’s no doubt about it, 2019 was an exciting year for global poverty advocates and political junkies alike.
Thanks to incredible grassroots efforts we saw Canada make some strong commitments to initiatives we know contribute to ending extreme poverty. Some of our most exciting wins are outlined below along with a sneak peek at what we think are the biggest opportunities for impact in 2020.
Our Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria campaign launched in January 2019 and volunteers across Canada worked tirelessly right up until August to ensure a strong Canadian commitment. Your countless meetings with decision-makers, letters to the editor and op-eds kept the pressure on the Government and resulted in an incredible $930.4 million dollars. A major contribution towards ending these epidemics once and for all.
We also made our voices heard in the lead up the Federal Election in October 2019 and put our well-honed advocacy skills to good use. By meeting with candidates, attending town halls and debates and engaging with the media we kept development on the minds of political parties and made many new connections. When one of the parties threatened to cut foreign aid you spoke out along with Canadians across the country about why this was unacceptable. For a full overview of our parliamentary engagement in 2019 check out our Parliamentarian’s Year in Review.
December 20, 2019