Research and Policy Analysis


Guided by the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, Cooperation Canada carries out a diverse range of research and policy analysis to foster a more collaborative, connected and inclusive enabling environment, lead the advancement of the voice, expertise and leadership of civil society, and support innovation within the development and humanitarian sector. 


Cooperation Canada’s research and policy efforts focus on working with members to: 

  • Monitor and track emerging trends in global development cooperation and humanitarian policy, and signal these changes to our members to help them be as effective and impactful as possible; 
  • Propose, and react to, new sustainable development and humanitarian policies in Canada and beyond as the global landscape evolves;  
  • Encourage the Canadian government and civil society to be cooperative leaders on key policy issues in global development and humanitarian assistance; 
  • Conduct in-depth research and analysis of Canada’s aid portfolio and emerging global issues, and assess the implications for Canadian programs overseas, in particular for Canadian civil society organizations; 
  • Organize learning events to socialize new developments, key analysis, and policy and political changes for our membership and the broader community; 
  • Convene our members in policy working groups to ensure our policy development and analysis is shaped and informed by their lived experiences; and 
  • Facilitate consultations and dialogue between civil society organizations, government officials and political staff. 


This work includes analyzing, commenting on and providing recommendations for policy and programming at Global Affairs Canada, and advocating for robust Canadian engagement on global development and humanitarian issues. It informs our engagement with government, advocacy work and capacity development initiatives. From time to time, Cooperation Canada also undertakes externally funded initiatives proposed by its members or other stakeholders, provided they align with our existing research and policy priorities. 


Cooperation Canada’s research and policy priorities evolve over time as the team remains nimble and responsive to member needs and emerging trends in the international cooperation sector. Our current thematic priorities include: