Engaging Canadian Civil Society in the Implementation of Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy

Engaging Canadian Civil Society in the Implementation of Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy

The Indo-Pacific Strategy (hereafter the lPS or the Strategy), launched in November 2022, presents a comprehensive and integrated approach to expand Canada’s presence and strengthen partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region to effectively protect and promote Canadian interests. Given the rise of the Indo-Pacific region, and the profound impacts of the region on the lives of all Canadians, the Government of Canada recognized the need for a comprehensive, whole-of-society strategy to guide Canada’s actions in this important region. The Strategy outlines five interconnected strategic objectives:

  1. Promote peace, resilience and security
  2. Expand trade, investment and supply chain resilience
  3. Invest in and connect people
  4. Build a sustainable and green future
  5. Canada as an active and engaged partner to the Indo-Pacific

 

To achieve the third IPS objective of investing in and connecting people, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) collaborated with Cooperation Canada, an important convener of and voice for Canadian civil society organizations (CSOs) active in international cooperation, to organize a public consultation on the implementation of the IPS.

This report provides a synthesis of ‘what was heard’ through the consultation held on January 15, 2024, which brought together nearly 225 participants in Ottawa (80 participants) and online (124 participants) from the development, philanthropic, business, government, and diplomatic sectors.  The report seeks to reflect what was shared and discussed through the consultation.  It does not reflect official positions or recommendations of Cooperation Canada.

Invest in aid, secure the future: Canadian leadership in a deeply insecure world #IDW2024

Invest in aid, secure the future: Canadian leadership in a deeply insecure world #IDW2024

The world we have taken for granted for decades is being disrupted. And not in small ways. The basic pillars of democracy are being undermined, humanitarian needs are on the rise, hard-won rights are under attack, and we are witnessing the reversal of decades of progress on development, especially for the world’s most vulnerable.

These challenges pose direct threats to Canada and Canadian interests, by increasing global insecurity and stifling global prosperity.

 

Canada’s Legacy of Global Leadership

At the last IDW, Cooperation Canada and its members took to Parliament Hill to urge Canada to strengthen its global leadership ahead of the 2024 budget. They met with over 50 MPs, senators and political staff from the Bloc Québécois, Conservative Party, Green Party, New Democratic Party and Liberal Party.

Anti-racism, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Justice – Strategy and Action Plan

Anti-racism, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Justice – Strategy and Action Plan

Cooperation Canada’s new anti-racism, equity, diversity, inclusion and justice (AEDIJ) strategy and action plan are now available.

The AEDIJ Strategy and Action Plan will guide the organization’s journey, including the principles that guide our work, our key objectives and the concrete measures we will take in operations and administration, communications and the implementation of programs and activities.

Futures Initiative Reflection Report 2023

Futures Initiative Reflection Report 2023

One year has passed since Cooperation Canada embarked on its first ever strategic foresight project, the Futures Initiative. Since then, significant strides have been made, and in this report, we reflect on our journey, showcasing our advancements to date, insights gleaned from employing strategic foresight, and the methodologies instrumental in studying the global landscape, and identifying emerging trends, signals, and drivers of change within the international cooperation sector. The report underscores the indispensable role of foresight in navigating the complexities of the international development sector. It is our aspiration that this reflection report not only offers valuable insights but also serves as a guiding resource for organizations embarking on their own foresight endeavours. 

Launch of the Global Landscape Analysis of the International Cooperation Sector

Launch of the Global Landscape Analysis of the International Cooperation Sector

Cooperation Canada is proud to announce the launch of our Global Landscape Analysis of the International Cooperation sector, a report of the Global Cooperation Futures Initiative funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). 

 Drawing from a year of extensive research and insights from experts, our report provides a panoramic view of the challenges, trends, and emerging issues impacting international cooperation. As we stand on the cusp of unprecedented change, this analysis offers invaluable insights into the pressing issues facing the international community. From geopolitical shifts to economic warfare, climate change, and the digital divide, this report highlights the interconnectedness across and between issue areas and their implications for international cooperation actors.