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An Innovative Partnership between Canada and Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya

Read about this unique MA in Education program at York University in Toronto that is celebrating the first cohort of Dadaab students to earn a York University graduate degree in Education.  We only have one question, “Where are the women?”.  to find out more.

Building Back Better in Africa

A report recently released by the Global Centre on Adaptation and the African Adaptation Initiative, and backed by 54 African leaders, identifies ways in which stimulus spending in Africa can be used to ‘build back better’ after COVID-19.  The compound crises of the pandemic and climate change require an integrated response so that recovery programs can propel Africa towards increased resilience. To learn more and to access the full report, click here. 

Principles for a Just Recovery

Launched this week, the 6 Principles for a Just Recovery are the result of discussions among civil society groups across Canada, and have been endorsed by over 200 organizations. GRAN is among them. We support a just recovery for all.  Click here to learn more.

Canada Pushing for Debt Relief for Africa

It is encouraging to see this report about Canada's leadership on debt relief and to learn of the government's plans to respond to the UN global appeal for contributions to help fight the pandemic in the world's poorest countries.

Click here to read more.

Protecting Girls during COVID-19

The impact of COVID 19 on adolescent girls in Africa is likely to have devastating long term effects.  The pandemic will exacerbate the inequalities already faced by young girls.  Read the joint solidarity letter sent to the African Union to advocate for critical interventions to ensure that adolescent girls are not left behind. 

 

“Put a stop to this ‘pandemic of ageism’ now.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the impact of ageism on the human rights of older people here at home and all around the world.  In response, GRAN has recently endorsed  a letter written by Margaret Gillis, President of the International Longevity Centre, directed to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and of Seniors, urging Canada to show immediate and decisive leadership in supporting a Convention on the Rights of Older Persons. The full text of Margaret’s letter is available here.

Farming Initiative in Southern Africa during COVID-19

 
Eswatini (once known as Swaziland) is a small landlocked kingdom bordering South Africa and Mozambique.  Small scale farmers participating in a permaculture training program are proud to make a contribution towards the health of their community  by continuing to produce and sell home grown vegetables during the COVID-19 partial lock down.  Click here to read more about how the Guba program in eSwatini is addressing nutrition and poverty challenges while providing income generation opportunities and teaching agricultural skills and techniques needed for climate adaptation. 
 

Rebuilding after COVID-19 – The Opportunity for a Just Recovery

As we start to think about life beyond COVID-19, many are yearning for a return to "normal", while others -- especially in the international development and environmental justice communities -- are envisioning a just recovery, where we address long-standing issues of poverty and inequity to create a just and sustainable future. 

In an article featured in the online magazine Policy Options, Chris Dendys, Executive Director of Results Canada, shares eight lessons COVID-19 teaches us about the world we have and the world we need.  She concludes her article with this global call to action:

"As global leaders invest in responding, reconstructing and rebuilding at home and abroad, let’s not repair our world to restore its existing and persistent state of inequity. We have the opportunity to learn from the lessons of COVID-19 and rebuild our world for the better. Together, we can aspire to the world we need: a healthier, equitable, and more resilient world for all."

You can read the full article by clicking here.

Alex Neve: "Human rights are our best guide through this crisis"

Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, calls for a human rights focus in the global response to the coronavirus crisis.  He identifies four human rights principles essential in the pandemic response and also looks ahead to the long-term human rights work that will be required in the aftermath of the crisis.

You can read his message here.

WHO in Africa holds its first "hackathon" for COVID-19

"What is a hackathon?" you may ask.  The World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa just held its first three-day hackathon, an online gathering of 100 of sub-Saharan Africa's leading innovators working together to generate creative local solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to learn more.

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Back to School, but Not For All

Sep 17, 2020

“… This is an opportunity for us to reset the world we are living in, and not just return to normal.”   -- Nobel  laureate, Malala Yousafzai Five million Canadian children returned to... Read more