Giving thanks

October 12, 2016 – Last weekend, we celebrated the fall harvest with a Thanksgiving meal with family and friends. On the other side of the world, families celebrate a different kind of community meal – one that saves lives. In Mozambique, where 2 out of 5 children are malnourished, Canadian support has helped train communities to harvest essential crops and prepare nutritious meals.

Our journey continues

September 13, 2016- Together: An exhibition on global development has welcomed over 20,000 visitors since it launched in April this year, traveling across British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. This fall, the exhibition travels to Manitoba and Ontario, exploring how Canadians are working together to alleviate global poverty. Interactive workshops will be delivered at several university stops, including University of Winnipeg and Seneca College. New venues are being added to the schedule regularly. Find out more and follow the journey.

Connecting Canadian Communities for 32 Years

July 13, 2016 – In 1985, a group of women in Vancouver came together to raise funds to support the work of AKFC. All had come from Africa or Asia and wanted to give back to the communities they left behind. They persuaded 1,000 other Canadians to join them in a walk to fight global poverty and raised $55,000.

It’s not too late to join our Walk community in the fight against global poverty.

Five objects our youth fellows won’t leave behind

June 8, 2016 – This summer, 12 accomplished young Canadians will take flight around the globe. They will spend eight months putting their energy and skills to use in the developing world, working in fields from microfinance to education to journalism.

Visit our photo gallery to discover which cherished items our newest cohort of fellows will bring along for the journey, and why.

Strength in numbers: the AKDN’s global impact

June 8, 2016 – Rooted in the developing world, the AKDN’s unique structure brings together a diverse range of expertise committed to improving the quality of life. By combining the efforts of the AKDN’s multiple agencies – from commercial enterprises to social services to cultural and environmental agencies – we equip communities with the tools and knowledge they need to drive change that makes a lasting impact.

But what does all that really mean? Watch this video to discover how the AKDN is working to improve the quality of life for tens of millions of people across the globe.

Paying it forward: Derek’s story

May 16, 2016 –When Derek Gent spotted a promotional poster for AKFC’s International Youth Fellowship Program at the University of Victoria more than 20 years ago, he never could have guessed what was to come.

Some months later he found himself in Bangladesh, savouring “fish heads, starting with the eyeballs, and crunching the bones for protein, specially reserved for [him] as an honoured guest (and no utensils)”.

Smart Global Ideas on Higher Education and Development

May 16, 2016 – Inclusivity, Innovation, Diplomacy. With these three words, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, issued a challenge to an audience of more than 200 people in Ottawa. 

Gathered for the opening of the Smart Global Development conference on April 13 at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa, His Excellency’s challenge inspired the audience to tackle key questions of higher education and its role in reducing global poverty.