What’s New about Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and Why ‘More of the Same’ Matters

The School of Public Policy Publications, 2019

16 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2020

Date Written: December 19, 2019

Abstract

Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) will succeed only if it leaves behind its instrumentalist feminist approach and takes on a transformative one. Instrumentalist approaches have been the status quo for such policies in the past, but they are limited in their reach because they confine themselves to relatively easy measurements of progress. These measurements include counting how many women and girls are involved in, or affected by, policy interventions that have broader societal and other goals. A transformative approach, however, goes deeper by working to permanently change the structures and institutions that perpetuate inequality.

Keywords: Canada, gender equality, foreign policy, international assistance, feminist, innovation

Suggested Citation

Tiessen, Rebecca, What’s New about Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and Why ‘More of the Same’ Matters (December 19, 2019). The School of Public Policy Publications, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3506896

Rebecca Tiessen (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa ( email )

2292 Edwin Crescent
Ottawa, Ontario K2C 1H7
Canada

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