Irregular rains in 2009 have led to a severe lack of pasture and water and a poor harvest across West Africa. The worst affected country is Niger where over 7 million people are at risk. Some 2 million people are threatened in Chad and an estimated further 629,000 are affected in Mali. Parts of Nigeria and Burkina Faso are also at risk.
The outpouring of global public support in response to the earthquake enabled aid to get through to Haiti and make a real difference. The scale of the aid response has helped to prevent violence, like riots for food, shelter or water. However, the Haiti earthquake is one of the most complex humanitarian and development challenges in modern times. There are no short-term solutions.
People living in poverty in developing countries are least responsible for the climate crisis. Yet they are suffering its most severe effects.
Pregnancy remains the leading killer of women in their reproductive years in developing countries.
The G20 is considering a new sort of global tax, known as the Robin Hood Tax or Financial Transaction Tax (FTT).
Economic recovery for all means G8 and G20 governments should ensure all economies recover by keeping up with development assistance.
The Canadian government has made commitments regarding aid over the last several years. Here's a rundown of which promises they have kept and which ones they have broken.
At the Gleneagles Summit in 2005, the G8 committed to direct 0.7% of their gross national income to overseas development assistance.
In 2000, 187 countries came together at the United Nations to create the Millennium Development Goals. These were designed to eliminate extreme poverty and create a more equitable world by 2015.
The case for climate action at Canada's G8 and G20 summits.
Everyday, 25000 people, most of them children and women, die because of hunger and malnutrition.
Pregnancy is the leading killer of women of reproductive age in developing countries.
Aid plays a role in saving millions of lives. To suggest otherwise is incorrect and irresponsible
Haiti’s reconstruction, if well managed, it really could help to build a better Haiti.
Gender-based violence serves to perpetuate male power and control. It is sustained by a culture of silence and denial of the seriousness of the health consequences of abuse.