Government of Canada

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Priority Themes

Within the framework of its aid effectiveness agenda and to sharpen the focus of Canada's international assistance, the Government of Canada has established three priority themes to guide its international development work:

Canada is leading a global commitment, the Muskoka Initiative, to improve maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries and reduce the number of preventable deaths, as announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the G-8 Summit in June 2010.

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In addition to these priority themes, three crosscutting themes are integrated into all of Canada's international development programs and policies:

With this approach, Canada can focus on key development challenges, and ensure that its aid investments lead to concrete results for the world's poorest.