Canada's maternal health billions: From Bono to birth control, what's working?
Replay our live chat with Travers fellow Laura Payton and Plan Canada's Saadya Hamdani
Irish rock star Bono likes to quip that "the world needs more Canada." And as the musician-turned-activist stood up for an ovation in the House of Commons last week, Stephen Harper's Conservatives could point to their work on maternal and child health initiatives as doing Canada's bit towards helping the world's poorest people.
Canada has committed billions under the Muskoka Initiative. But how much do Canadians really understand about where the money is going, or what choices have been made about how it's being spent?
No foreign aid initiative is without its politics — foreign and domestic. Why were certain countries chosen? And why, for example, were abortion services excluded from the programming Canada would help fund?
The CBC's Laura Payton travelled to Tanzania and Haiti this spring to visit some of the projects Canadian money is paying for and learn more about how well Canada's efforts are working.
Saadya Hamdani, Plan Canada's gender equality advisor, also offered her expertise, including insights from her new study about how men need to be engaged to improve the health of women and children in the developing world.
- Tuesday: Canadian aid sees results.
- Yesterday: Saving women and children: did Canada deliver?
- Today: Women want birth control. Why can't they get it?
- Friday: The trouble with Haiti
- Saturday: What's next?