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Summary: Canada’s Civil Society Partnerships for International Assistance Policy – A Feminist Approach

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Aligned with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, Canada’s Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Policy recognizes that promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls is the most effective approach to eradicating poverty and building a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world. CSOs possess valuable experience and expertise and have a strong understanding of local challenges and opportunities. New partnerships between Canadian, international and local CSOs will foster new ideas and solutions and ensure that Canada’s international assistance is more effective and yields lasting results. The Government of Canada’s Policy for Civil Society Partnerships for International Assistance recognizes our civil society partners as essential actors and sets out our approach for achieving strong cooperation to end poverty in all forms everywhere.

5 Guiding principles

9 Objectives

  1. Empower women and girls, promote gender equality, and reach the poorest, most vulnerable and most marginalized as the most effective means to eradicate poverty
  2. Facilitate a safe and enabling environment for civil society
  3. Protect human life and dignity
  4. Foster CSO leadership in innovation
  5. Integrate the role of CSOs as independent actors into international assistance programming
  6. Establish more predictable, equitable, flexible, and transparent funding mechanisms
  7. Foster multi-stakeholder approaches to international assistance
  8. Engaging Canadians as global citizens in international assistance
  9. Promote sustainability, transparency, accountability, and results

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