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Social Cohesion and Community Based Protection – Phase 1 Study Report

This report begins to address social cohesion and community based protection by investigating to what extent current mechanisms, including education and natural resources, impacts social cohesion at the community level. Authors: Hany Besada, Wendy Wheaton, Ben O’Bright and Evren Tok Download Report

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Coffee Sector Gender Workshop

This report summarizes presentations made at a half-day technical workshop hosted at the National Coffee Federation (FNC) in Bogota on July 22, 2014.  A group of speakers participated in the workshop to examine key gender equality challenges and opportunities in Colombia and the Latin American region. Author: Barbara MacLaren Download English PDF Download Spanish PDF

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Social Cohesion & Community Based Protection

How do groups at the community level protect women, youth, and children while promoting social cohesion, resilience and general human security? Do informal or formal groups influence communities differently? What group characteristics, functions, processes, and mechanisms actively support or erode social cohesion in conflict and post-conflict settings? These critical questions, among others, are being explored…

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Promoting Ethics when Partnering with the Private Sector for Development

This report presents a review of ethics in OECD-DAC and UN policies for partnership with the private sector.  The report seeks to identify which ethical principles have been, or can be, applied to partnerships with the private sector for development, and how development actors act to promote ethical principles.  The report makes a contribution by providing…

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The Muskoka Initiative and Global Health Financing

This policy brief offers a preliminary data analysis of Canada’s Muskoka MNCH health financing initiative, placing the same in the wider context of global health financing. The analysis sheds light on the following questions: Where is Canada with respect to its financing commitment? Where does Muskoka-MNCH funding go? And who are the key partners? Which…

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Post-2015 Data Test : Canada Workshop Report

This workshop report summarizes the discussions had at the Post-2015 Data Test Canada Workshop. The key objectives of the workshop were to: 1. introduce stakeholders to the post-2015 development agenda and what it means for Canada; 2. solicit feedback regarding Canadian priorities for each potential goal area under the initiative, including with respect to targets…

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Canadian International Development Report 2013

Governing Natural Resources for Africa’s Development The Canadian International Development Report (CIDR) is The North-South Institute’s flagship publication. The report contains policy briefs by leading experts on pressing issues in international development. These briefs offer lucid insight to assist decision makers in Canada. In 2013, the focus of the CIDR was on the governance of…

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Finding Value in Development Partnerships: Where to look

This policy brief is based on a longer report by the same authors, The Value of Cross Sector Partnerships for Development. With the aim of making key concepts for assessing the value of partnership available to potential partners, including policymakers, the private sector and non-governmental organizations, the policy brief provides an overview of key messages…

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Canada and China: Accepting Africa’s Rise

This policy brief is based on a paper published by the China Institute at the University of Alberta in 2014. It identifies and compares Canada and China’s strategies and policy instruments in their approaches to Africa’s rise. It specifically examines the extent to which Canada’s and China’s engagements respond to the region’s need for more…

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Measuring Progress Post-2015: An Assessment of Proposals

This report aims to contribute to post-2015 and data revolution discussions by providing an overview of the key themes arising from post-2015 proposals. In January 2013 The North-South Institute (NSI) launched its Post-2015 Tracking Tool, available through NSI’s Canadian International Development Platform.  The tool is an interactive aggregator of proposals on the post-2015 development agenda….

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Globalisation, Multilateralism, Europe

NSI’s Hany Besada and Distinguished Research Associate, Tim Shaw publish a chapter on “New multilateralisms for regional development: Africa post-2015″ in Globalisation, Multilateralism, Europe, edited by Mario Telo and published by Ashgate. You can find out more about this publication or purchase it here.  

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The Value of Cross-Sector Development Partnerships

This report unpacks the value dynamics of partnerships to inform ongoing debates regarding the value of private sector engagements for development. It is based on a review of the academic and policy literature on value creation in cross-sector partnerships across disciplines, including business and economics, political science, and social sciences. The report also outlines key…

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Leveraging Open Data to Analyze Canada’s Development Spending

This info graphic briefing presents highlights from our recent analysis leveraging open data to shed more light on development spending, including the lapsed spending issue. It raises key issues and questions that require greater public debate. For more information, have a look at the report below. Author: Aniket Bhushan Download Info Graphic Download Report

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Mexico’s Energy Reforms: What do they mean for Canada?

Mexico is the world’s 10th largest oil producer and has some of the largest reserves in the Western Hemisphere.  However, most of the easy-to-access reserves have been consumed and the country’s state oil company, Pemex, which has had a constitutionally-mandated monopoly over oil production, refining and commercialization, lacks the funds and technology needed to exploit…

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