This month, CHF launched a new and improved Look
Deeper web site. The new site features:
- Articles and video. Find out
how global poverty affects you. Learn more about Africa’s future.
Explore the impact of media and celebrity culture on our understanding
of international development.
- Myth busting. Money flows
north to south, or does it? There’s no point providing aid
to corrupt countries, right? Does HIV/AIDS in Africa really affect
men and women equally?
- CHF’s Look Deeper quiz. Win
fascinating books, fabulous CDs or fair trade, organic chocolate. Some
of the answers to the quiz may surprise you! Take
the Look Deeper quiz now!
Special book collection including Race Against
Time by Stephen Lewis, Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability
and Peace by Vandana Shiva and Out of Poverty by
The award-winning African Guitar Summit I and
Cocoa Camino Fair Trade chocolate gift basket.
is a growing recognition among international development practitioners
and policy makers of the importance of strengthening the capacity of
local governments and civil society organizations.
The CHF Capacity Building Approach document articulates
CHF's philosophy and approach to capacity building. It is based on 45
years of development experience and lessons learned from designing and
implementing hundreds of projects with developing country partners throughout
To access CHF's Capacity Building document, click
Paula Richardson plays the role of UN peace- keeper
as part of the Model Mission.
Paula Richardson, Program Officer
at CHF, attended a four-day simulated peace and security operation
for young Canadians, conducted by the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre
and held in Ottawa. The first of its kind, the Model Mission offered
100 young Canadians a chance to experience a sophisticated simulated
“The simulation was an incredibly intense experience,” explains
Paula. “It gave me a greater sense of the politics and planning
requirements for aid in complex conflict environments.”
The simulation revolved around the made-up country
of Fontinalis, which was experiencing civil conflict. During the
simulation, participants were required to attend daily morning
mission briefings, arrange bilateral meetings, and present key
lessons learned in a back-brief to the UN panel, chaired by The
Honourable Flora MacDonald.
“In the first learning module, I represented an
international NGO,” says Paula. “In the second, I played the role
of a lawyer for the International Red Cross who had to attend to
missing and internally displaced persons. In the third, I donned
the blue helmet and full army gear as a peace keeper for the UN
forces and was ‘trained’ under Major-General (ret'd) Lewis Mackenzie.”
Salif Keita in Ottawa
Keita's music combines the traditional griot music of his Malian childhood
with other West African music styles along with influences from Cuba,
Spain, and Portugal, while maintaining an overall Islamic sound. Considered
by many the Golden Voice of Africa, he performs as part of the Ottawa
Jazz Festival’s Winter Concert Series. For more information, visit www.ottawajazzfestival.com,
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
By Bill McKibben
Rather than promoting accelerated cycles of economic
expansion — a mindset that has brought the world to the brink of
environmental disaster — McKibben insists we should concentrate
on creating strong localized economies. When discussing the developing
world, he suggests that the principle challenge is to convince poor nations
they will not grow their way out of poverty.