Canada is home to internationally recognized and sought-after expertise in various sectors that advance poverty reduction-sectors such as gender equality, education and vocational training, justice reform, natural resource management, and transparency and anti-corruption policies.
Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced the Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP), Global Affairs Canada’s initiative to increase the deployment of Canadian experts abroad in response to the needs of countries eligible for official development assistance (ODA).
The TAP program will contribute to poverty reduction in ODA-eligible countries by enhancing the capacity of national-level institutions to manage policies and practices in a more gender-responsive and inclusive way; promoting social, political and economic opportunities in partner countries; and increasing awareness and engagement of Canadians as partners and global citizens in support of Canada’s international assistance efforts.
“The Technical Assistance Partnership is Canada’s response to the needs expressed by partner countries. We will work with governments of developing countries to improve their ability to deliver programs that support gender equality at all levels of government in all sectors.”
– Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality
The TAP program highlights Canada’s commitment to innovation and partnership with Canadian experts from various sectors. It also highlights the commitments in the Feminist International Assistance Policy to adopt more flexible approaches to deliver Canada’s technical assistance.
Canadians deployed through the TAP program could come from government, civil society, academia or the private sector.
The private sector is an important source of expertise and also has a great deal to offer to countries and companies that are seeking new and more sustainable ways of doing business.