Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy aims to contribute to global efforts to eradicate poverty by prioritizing investments in gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

The government’s commitments include an investment of about $800 million in the Global Financing Facility (GFF). Housed at the World Bank, the GFF funds health initiatives for women, children and adolescents in low-income countries around the globe.

Monique Vledder, Practice Manager of the GFF, joins the podcast to discuss the GFF’s country-led approach to financing, why it’s important to prioritize investments in women’s and children’s health, and how new funding practices are reshaping the dynamics of international assistance.

Photo: Santiago Sacatepéquez, Guatemala. Shutterstock, by Lucy Brown. 

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