Nov 102014
 

As you know from previous GRAN information, millions of people die in developing countries every year because they cannot get the medicines they need to treat illnesses like HIV/AIDS. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, where grandmothers are raising millions of vulnerable children who have been orphaned by AIDS, there are about 240,000 new HIV infections among children every year, Read more . . .

Nov 062014
 

The GRAN Working Group on Access to Medicines continues to monitor the news and commentary with regards to the possible impacts on access to affordable Medicines posed by the TPP. Here is an abstract from an article discussing the concerns of the health professional community in New Zealand regarding the implications the TPP may have Read more . . .

Oct 172014
 

Tanzanian women including grandmothers have until now had to rely on tenuous rights to land to feed themselves and their families. The new constitution would override customary practices that deprive women of their land inheritances when a male relative dies. Read more at: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2014/oct/15/women-tanzania-equal-land-rights

Oct 092014
 
How The Global Partnership for Education Works

Providing all children of the world with a good education requires major cooperation and resources, The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is the only education focused multilateral partnership in the world and it has the potential to get the world’s out of school children into the classroom and learning. The GPE now works with over Read more . . .

Sep 302014
 

SPECIFIC RISKS IN THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CHAPTER (IP) OF THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP As GRAN continues to draw attention to the considerable problems with the proposed TPP, we are sharing here information provided by a professor and economist at Columbia University in New York City. Not a recent article but still valid, Joseph Stiglitz lists Read more . . .

Conflict Minerals Act

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Sep 262014
 

Sadly, Bill C-486, The Conflict Minerals Act, did not pass second reading Wednesday night. Its defeat denies the bill the hoped-for review by the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.  All New Democrat, Liberal, Bloc Québécois, Green Party members and the single independent member voted in favour. Notably, one Conservative member, Mr. Steven Read more . . .

Sep 102014
 

August 1,  2014 Dear Minister Paradis, We are writing to thank you for hosting the Roundtable on July 9th, 2014 to discuss Canada’s approach to supporting access to quality education in developing countries. As Canadian-based development organizations focused on education, we are proud of Canada’s continued commitment and long-term support to education programming. We encourage Read more . . .

Aug 292014
 

The illegal trade in minerals that fuels conflict also leads to dramatic increases in violence against women and children. GRAN’s Violence Against Women committee on Conflict Minerals invites you to join in the Just Minerals Campaign’s Day of Action: On September 17, 2014 at 6 p.m. the Just Minerals Campaign invites Canadians to turn off Read more . . .