Cooperation Canada partnered with sister coalitions, including the Canadian Association for International Development Professionals (CAIDP), Climate Action Network (CAN-Rac), the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH), the Inter-Council Network (ICN), and Dignity Network Canada, to plan and organize a conversation with Canada’s new Minister for International Development, the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada. In the lead-up to the event, coalitions consulted members on key priorities and concerns for Canada’s international cooperation. This brief presents a summary of the key issues that emerged during the conversation with the Minister, punctuated by reflections on sector expectations and concerns raised during the conversation, as well as implications for Cooperation Canada’s members and other actors in the sector.

On February 3, 2022, Minister Sajjan shared his vision for Canada’s international cooperation with an audience of over 470 representatives from government, civil society, academia and the private sector. This conversation served as a timely kick-off to the International Development Week activities held on February 7-11, 2022.


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