international development

Defence and Aid Policy Reviews

Amongst the various consultations and policy reviews that the federal government is currently undertaking, are a defence policy review and an international assistance review.
Defence Policy Review

The defence policy review is another avenue through which input on peacekeeping can be submitted. The provided background materials frame discussion about peacekeeping not as an enduring commitment, but as a question: “What form should the CAF (Canadian Armed Forces) contribution to peace support operations take?” And “Is there a role for the CAF in helping to prevent conflict before it occurs?”

What you can do

Access the government’s online Defence Policy Review website. Use either the “e-workbook” or “virtual forum” to indicate your views. A sample comment is here. A consultation toolkit, including background information, is available. In-person consultations open to the public are listed as well.

Development Assistance Review

The development assistance review will “help establish an international assistance policy and funding framework that will be focused on helping the poorest and most vulnerable people, and supporting fragile states, while advancing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. A special emphasis will be placed on women and girls and applying a feminist lens to all of Canada’s international assistance activities.”

The review is covering a broad range of subject areas, including health, clean economic growth and climate change, governance, human rights, peace and security, and humanitarian aid.

What you can do

Go to the review’s webpage, which includes a discussion paper and contact information for submitting input. For this review, in-person consultations will be by invitation only, although there are plans to provide live webcasts.

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