Policy & Advocacy

Cooperation Canada carries out policy analysis, coordination, and advocacy to push for bold Canadian leadership, innovation and collaboration on global development and humanitarian assistance. 

Our policy team works to:  

  • Monitor emerging trends in global development cooperation and humanitarian policy;  
  • Assess the implications of those trends for Canadian civil society organizations and Canadian programs overseas; 
  • Encourage the Canadian government and civil society to be solidarity leaders on key global development and humanitarian issues;  
  • Facilitate consultations and joint learning between civil society organizations, government officials and political actors.

Our Current Efforts

Civic Space & Democracy

Cooperation Canada is committed to promoting civil society’s rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, association, and expression, in-person and online.

Development Effectiveness 

Cooperation Canada engages its membership and political actors on those principles, seeking to improve the quality and quantity of Canada’s international assistance. 

Development Finance 

Cooperation Canada has been mobilizing analytical capacity to ensure adequate monitoring and interpretation of Official Development Assistance and International Assistance Envelop flows.


Futures Initiative  

In partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Cooperation Canada has worked towards developing three plausible scenarios for the future of international cooperation through its Global Cooperation Futures Initiative. 


Humanitarian Assistance

Cooperation Canada provides coordination support to the Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Group, an informal gathering of humanitarian NGOs that engage political actors on legislative and financial issues. 


Cooperation Canada’s localization work aims to promote equitable partnerships between global cooperation actors.


Sustainable Development Goals 

Cooperation Canada has published the Progressing National SDGs Implementation report, which provides an independent analysis of the Voluntary National Review (VNR) reports submitted to the United Nations’ High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).