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.

National and Global Context
Canadian Council for International Cooperation