Supporting Small and Medium Organizations, Educators and Canadian Youth

The Spur Change program is a 5-year initiative, funded by Global Affairs Canada, which aims to:

  • increase the effectiveness of Canadian small and medium organizations (SMOs) to deliver sustainable results in support of the Feminist International Assistance Policy and the Sustainable Development Goals;
  •  increase the engagement of Canadian SMOs in international development;
  • increase the engagement of Canadians youth, as global citizens.

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News & Events


To celebrate our successes and share our learnings, Spur Change is organizing a new series highlighting the impact of Canadian SMOs and their contribution in Canada and abroad. 

This session will highlight organizations supporting one another and collaborating to better achieve their results and learn from one another. 

March 14, 2024


The Programme CLÉ, the FAWE, and Spur Change have joined forces in order to invite the Canadian education community to explore the proven approach of the TUSEME model. 

Join us for a virtual workshop which will allow teachers  to learn the TUSEME approach: a fun and innovative African approach aimed at the emergence of leadership among young people through the arts, dialogue, and action.

March 21, 2024 

The Spur Change national conference is a signature event to bring together Canadian small and medium organizations (SMOs), educators, and youth in the international cooperation sector.

To answer participants’ call for a space for deep, relationship-based exploration and peer knowledge sharing, this year, the 2023 annual conference was held as seven separate, smaller regional events. Each event, or “Spur Spark,” had its own main themes, programming and feel, but centered around the theme of People and Planet, in line with FIAP Action area 4: Environment and climate action. 


This year’s report asks: What Constitutes an “Enabling Environment” for Canadian SMOs? Learn more from what others in the international cooperation sector had to say by checking out the report. See what the community thinks is working well in Canada and where improvements could be made. 

RBM 101 is a self-paced, online training open to anyone but tailored to small and medium organizations. Engage by playing through RBM scenarios with the fledgling Peace & Play organization. Help their team navigate theories of change, logic models, monitoring & evaluation and more! Learn to put theory into practice and come away with applicable skills for your organization. Check out more by visiting the training page and take the course now!

We have numerous  capacity-building opportunities throughout the year, check back often!

Set Criteria to Benefit from the Program

All Canadian SMOs that fit the following GAC criteria are invited to participate in our programming:

  • The consolidated revenue in the organization’s financial statements is equal to or less than $10 million (this limitation does not apply to educational institutions)
  • The organization does not have annual overseas expenditures exceeding $2 million in development assistance (i.e. projects administered with the promotion of the economic development and welfare of developing countries as their main objective – regardless of the funding source)
  • SMOs can be civil society organizations, education institutions, private sector or social enterprises
  • SMOs must be legally incorporated in Canada

All educators across Canada interested in and committed to inspiring and engaging their school communities towards meaningful, effective and sustainable action on global issues are invited to participate.

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