What are we trying to accomplish?

1. Make global poverty reduction a high priority in Canada’s International Policy

The Micah Challenge calls for poverty reduction to become a clearly articulated priority in Canada’s international policy and, specifically, for urgent and meaningful policy change in three areas: more and better aid, trade justice and debt relief.

2. Deliver More and More Effective Aid

The Micah Challenge calls for Canada to set 2015 as the year it will meet the long-established aid target of 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) and put in place a timetable of gradual increases to this goal, starting with a 12% increase in the next budget. We also call on Canada to make poverty reduction the single focus for Canada’s aid program through a legislated mandate and accountability to the mandate. more on Aid

3. Agricultural Trade that Works for the Poor

The Micah Challenge calls for Canada to take a more positive stance towards development requirements in international agricultural trade negotiations, both regionally (Free Trade Agreement of the Americas) and globally (World Trade Organization). We also call for Canada to push for international agricultural trade rules that encourage improving the livelihoods of small farmers in developing countries, a vital element in tackling poverty and hunger (the first millennium development goal). more on Trade

4. Debt Relief  

The Micah Challenge calls for Canada to work with G-8 leaders on a financing plan for debt cancellation that does not include cuts to foreign aid, push for cancellation of debts owed to multilateral financial institutions for all poor countries. We also call for Canada to work toward replacing World Bank control of debt management with increased accountability of governments to their own citizens for the use of money saved. Resources freed up by debt cancellation are needed to achieve the MDGs. It is time to act. more on Debt