Earlier this year, the Minister of International Development announced a public review and consultations to renew Canada’s international assistance policy and funding framework. The new framework is intended to help refocus Canada’s international assistance on helping the poorest and most vulnerable people, and supporting fragile states. It will also determine Canada’s approach internationally to supporting the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.
An initial discussion paper that was developed by Global Affairs to stimulate consultations clearly noted access to water as an important cross-cutting theme, while access to land was conspicuously absent.
In an effort to raise the prominence and consideration of land rights within this review, CELADA submitted a proposal that highlighted the critical need to protect land rights, equitable access to land and tenure security for vulnerable populations.
To read our recommendations for Canada’s international assistance policy and funding framework: