Flavie Halais is a freelance journalist based in Montreal, Canada, covering international issues and cities through a social lens. Her work has appeared in WIRED, the Guardian, Le Monde Afrique, Jeune Afrique, the Correspondent ,and Devex.
The development sector expected the federal election campaign to spur a renewed debate on Canada’s role and its commitment to feminist foreign policy. Instead, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has pledged to gut Canada’s foreign budget by 25%.
Small island developing states are among the most vulnerable countries to climate change. Devex examines how innovative mechanisms to finance, plan, and implement strategies are helping SIDS build climate resilience.
A new report highlights the role played by people in safeguarding much of the world’s carbon reserves. Yet the authors say governments are largely ignoring one of the most cost-efficient ways to avoid the release of carbon emissions: Recognizing the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities to collectively own and manage their land.
India’s Forest Rights Acts held the promise to change the lives of millions of forest dwellers. But the 10-year-old law has so far failed to limit land encroachment and evictions by public authorities and corporations. A new cross-sector initiative seeks to reverse the trend by making the business case for indigenous and community forest rights.
The ESTIA cash and housing assistance program was intended to get refugees out of overcrowded camps, and better integrated into life in Greece. But a year before the planned transition to public authorities, a lack of long-term strategy from government is already putting its future in doubt.