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Fireside Conversation on Refugee Education

Canada is a global trailblazer in feminist international assistance, on girls’ education in conflict-affected contexts, and in providing durable solutions for refugees. This has been demonstrated time again by commitments such as the Feminist International Assistance Policy, the Charlevoix Declaration, and the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.  Recently, Canada once again demonstrated its commitment through…

Innovation and Impact Awards in honor of Lewis Perinbam

WUSC and Cooperation Canada, in collaboration with the trustees of the Lewis Perinbam Award, is pleased to launch the Innovation and Impact Awards. Innovation is at the core of Cooperation Canada’s work and is captured in our strategic directions. We aim to inspire and support the growth of a more relevant, responsive and effective global…
Two craftswomen from the Federation of Women Entrepreneur Association Nepal (FWEAN) in their workshop producing felt items.

Fostering a Culture of Collaborative Partnership for Innovation

A Case Study of the CECI – WUSC Partnership There is a critical need for bold and collective action to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Unfortunately, far too few partnerships and consortiums succeed. This case study examines the strategies that drive effective partnerships. But more so, it explores the strategies needed to…
WUSC 2019-2020 Annual Report

Our 2019 – 2020 Annual Report

Our 2019 – 2020 year was filled with momentum, milestones, and new beginnings. Our Annual Report shares the results of select initiatives that have moved us closer toward our vision of a better world for all young people. These results are snapshots, localized expressions of our ambition for global systems change. They are examples of…
Go for the goals! (Sustainable Development Goals)

International Development Week – Open Letter from Canada’s Volunteer Cooperation Programs

Together stronger From February 7th to 13th, we invite Canadians to celebrate International Development Week – a unique tradition that highlights Canada’s commitment to sustainable development around the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our lives in significant ways. We have all been impacted by the closure of schools and businesses, job losses, and the…

WUSC elected Co-Chair of newly established Global Task Force on Education Pathways for Refugee Protection

In 2019, there were 26 million refugees around the world, 65% of whom are under the age of 25. Education pathways, such as our Student Refugee Program, offer a unique avenue for displaced youth to build a brighter future for themselves and their families.  Today, only a tiny fraction of the world’s post-secondary education institutions…
How we are working with partners to prevent gender-based violence (GBV) during the COVID-19 pandemic

How we are working with partners to prevent gender-based violence (GBV) during the COVID-19 pandemic

Around the world, nearly 1 in 3 women are affected by gender-based violence (GBV) in their lifetime. While men, women, girls, and boys all experience GBV to varying degrees, women and girls are often disproportionately affected. GBV includes, but is not restricted to sexual, emotional, and psychological violence, early and forced marriage, domestic violence, female…

Webinar: Using a gender lens to address COVID-19 response in refugee settings

COVID-19 has become an unprecedented global crisis. The pandemic and its associated economic crisis have exposed deep structural inequalities around the world, with disproportionate effects on women and girls. This webinar, organized by Women’s Empowerment in Development (WED) Lab at McGill in partnership with the Institute for the Study of International Development, explores current issues around COVID-19…

“Do not underestimate girls’ education.” Community reflections from our recent radio programming in Kenya.

The COVID-19 pandemic confirmed what we already knew – girls’ education is most at risk during emergency and crisis situations. Many girls, particularly those in refugee camps and their surrounding host communities, may never return to school. That’s why we quickly adapted our conditional cash transfers (CTs) approach and our radio programming in Kenya to keep girls’…

Businesses Respond to the Global Refugee Crisis: A new model to think global and build local through welcoming workplaces

HIRES is a pilot initiative that resettles refugee youth who currently live in Kenya through a unique private sponsorship pathway that partners with Canadian businesses. This pathway involves vocational training and an employment placement upon arrival. Both, responding to persistent barriers to economic inclusion facing refugee populations and supporting Canadian employers to meet labour market…

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