Canada’s new foreign aid policy puts focus on women, rights

Canada has released a new International Assistance Policy, which aims to direct 15 percent of all Canadian aid to gender equality programs, compared to 2 percent in 2015-2016.The new policy focuses ongender equality, human dignity, inclusive growth, environment and climate action, inclusive governance, and peace and security.

Significantly, all projects, regardless of sectors, will have to integrate a gender equality and women’s empowerment component, and Canada’s implementing partners will have to consult with women locally and include them in the decision-making process when launching new programs.