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Canadian funding doesn’t measure up to lofty foreign-aid goals

By Carol Thiessen      

The feds should boost support for women’s empowerment if they want to meet their Feminist International Assistance Policy targets.

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, pictured, controls Canada’s foreign-aid budget. Her government must commit to making meaningful increases to Canada’s aid budget if it is to attain the goals it’s set, writes Carol Thiessen of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

When Emchjargal Dambii surveys the small slipper factory she’s managing in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia she can hardly believe her eyes. When she signed up for an urban gardening project supported by the Canadian government six years ago, she never thought it would radically change her life. “I just wanted to plant vegetables,” she says with a laugh.

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