The Canadian Council for International Cooperation has identified the following most significant trends we must collectively grapple with over the next five years.
- Globally accepted rights, norms and values are under threat
- Distrust of traditional institutions, facts and experts is negatively impacting the legitimacy, relevancy and public trust of the development and humanitarian sector
- The space for civil society continues to shrink
- Both the funding needs and the models of funding for development cooperation are changing and need to change radically
- New organizational, governance, and partnership models are emerging due to global networks and multi-sector influence
- The rise of inequality globally is spurring new experiments in ways of working, capacity-building, financing, and economic growth
- Recognition and active participation of previously excluded groups are increasing on global issues
- Social and cognitive technologies are ever more accessible, empowering borderless digital social movements and bold new interventions while creating new pressures on communication and connection.