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FAAE Committee Report

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As a result of their deliberations committees may make recommendations which they include in their reports for the consideration of the House of Commons or the Government. Recommendations related to this study are listed below.

Recommendation 1

That the Government of Canada play a lead role in the global response to COVID‑19 with the aim of ensuring a coordinated, timely and needs-based response to the vulnerabilities created and exacerbated by the pandemic in crisis- and conflict‑affected areas.

Recommendation 2

That, by allocating new funding, the Government of Canada increase its contributions to international humanitarian appeals in line with the growing demands on the humanitarian system, while ensuring that assistance reaches the most vulnerable people based on need, including in relation to food security, child protection, education and health care in emergency settings, psychosocial support, and gender-based violence prevention and response services.

Recommendation 3

That Canada lead and coordinate, with like-minded nations, an expansion of a feminist agenda, specifically addressing domestic abuse and gender-based violence during COVID lockdowns; to ensure protection, safe interim housing for those at risk and to improve basic access to healthcare, for women and girls especially with regard to access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, to prenatal, delivery and postpartum care, and that these action plans be informed by a diversity lens with regard to socio-economic status, age, ethnicity, race, disability and LGBTQ2+ status.

Recommendation 4

That the Government of Canada reiterate its support for the Grand Bargain agreed to at the World Humanitarian Summit, and steadily increase the amount of humanitarian assistance Canada channels, as directly as possible, to national and local humanitarian responders in affected areas.

Recommendation 5

That the Government of Canada explore how existing or new federal funding mechanisms could be used to strengthen the institutional capacity of local humanitarian organizations.

Recommendation 6

That the Government of Canada take immediate steps to ensure that a diverse range of Canadian civil society organizations, including small and medium-sized organizations and those that are new and long-established partners, can apply for and receive federal funding to deliver international assistance as part of the global response to COVID‑19 and related humanitarian appeals, and that the associated application and approval processes reflect the principles of timeliness, flexibility, partnership, efficiency, cost‑effectiveness, innovation, and accountability.

Recommendation 7

That the Government of Canada take immediate steps to fix the serious problems with the current direction and control regime as it pertains to international development, recognizing that this regime impedes important international development work and perpetuates colonial structures of donor control.

Recommendation 8

That the Government of Canada indicate whether it intends to increase ODA spending as a percentage of GNI, from their current lows.

Recommendation 9

That the Government of Canada consider building on its contributions to the vaccine pillar—COVAX—of the ACT Accelerator, while also working with partner countries and organizations to ensure that humanitarian organizations have access to COVID‑19 vaccines at the lowest possible prices, taking into account the infrastructure required to store them.

Recommendation 10

That, at the appropriate time, the Government of Canada redistribute any excess COVID‑19 vaccine units for vaccination efforts in developing countries, with a focus on reaching the most vulnerable populations, and that it report to Parliament on those efforts.