The Fund for Innovation and Transformation (FIT) is designed to support Canadian small and medium-sized organizations (SMOs) testing innovative solutions that advance gender equality in the Global South. FIT’s goal is to cultivate a working environment in which SMOs are empowered to experiment, fail, adapt and try again.
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.
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.
In this research project the ICN will explore what it means to do public engagement work in a feminist, anti-racist and decolonial manner. It will include a total of 16 CSOs – 8 in Canada and 8 in the Global South. Following the principles in Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and in the UN’s Agenda 2030, this research will bring CSOs together to explore a feminist, anti-racist, and decolonial public engagement in a pandemic and post-pandemic context.
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.
Welcome to Around the World in SDGs, a podcast series by the Inter Council Network that explores the sustainable development goals through those on the ground researching, collaborating, creating solutions in meeting the goals.
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.