International development is the term used to describe the activities that developed countries, called donor countries, like Canada, carry out to help poor or developing countries lift themselves out of poverty and raise their standard of living to one that is closer to the standard of living we have in Canada. About 2.6 billion people (about two out of five) live on less than $2 per day.
To reduce poverty, donor countries, like Canada, provide developing countries with technical expertise, goods and money. This is also called international development aid.
International development aid focuses on:
When a natural disaster like a flood, earthquake, or hurricane occurs, other countries and people often send help — food, equipment to make clean drinking water, shelter and technical experts. This is called humanitarian assistance and is also part of international development. Humanitarian assistance is also provided in situations of prolonged conflict where people must flee their homes.