The Fund for Innovation and Transformation (FIT) is a national innovation initiative launched in May 2019. FIT supports Canadian small and medium-sized organizations (SMOs) testing innovative solutions to advance gender equality and empower women and girls in the Global South.
The Spur Change program is a 5-year initiative of the Inter-council Network (ICN), funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), aiming to increase the effectiveness of SMOs to deliver sustainable results in support of the Feminist International Assistance Policy and the Sustainable Development Goals; support educators in engaging school communities on global issues; and foster youth action on the Sustainable Development Goals.
This two-part series on public engagement brought to you by the Inter-Council Network examines current practices in public engagement and explores alternative practices for more decolonial, anti-racist and feminist approaches in public engagement. The first session featured ICN research participants who reflect on the research process and share findings and recommendations from the research. The second session, a forward-looking discussion on better practices in public engagement, features sector members who share lessons from their experiences.
Art2030, brought together eight artists from various communities across Canada, and engaged them in the production of a zine focused on SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities. The selected artists have come together to paint a holistic message and plant a seed for change across communities and generations. We were joined by beadwork artists, photographers, poets, designers, painters, and visual artists, from across intersections, and their creations have inspired us.
View the recording. This two-part series on public engagement examined current practices in public engagement and explored alternative practices for more decolonial, anti-racist and feminist approaches in public engagement. The first session was a reflection by participants engaged in a research project examining decolonial approaches in public engagement while the second session was a learning session focusing on practical tools and strategies.
Seeking consultant to design training modules on decolonial, anti-racist and feminist approaches in public engagement based on the findings and recommendations from ICN’s Research Project. Application Deadline: September 15, 2022. Start date: September-October 2022
The shift in public engagement has expanded opportunities for grassroots organizations. Digital technologies have changed the form and the frequency of public engagement activities; there are more public engagement activities, and more people can participate in different ways. Although this inclusivity is important, the challenge for grassroots organizations has been to make this participation meaningful and transformative for marginalized groups. Read more.
On September 23, ICN hosted a webinar on Decolonizing Public Engagement. Our panel of diverse speakers reflected on key challenges and tensions associated with decolonizing public engagement. Drawing on their lived experiences and expertise, speakers provided practical strategies that actors in the development sector can adopt in their decoloniality efforts in public engagement. Watch the recording here.