Our Approach &
Areas of Focus

Child centred. Community led. Impact focused. We unleash the potential of children, families and communities to pursue their own sustainable change through innovative food security, education and capacity building programs.


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Our Approach



Monitoring, Evaluating & Achieving Impact

Formal monitoring and evaluation systems linked to clear Theory of Change-based outcomes drive the delivery of focused, high-impact programs and enable continuous improvement that benefits children, women, men, families, and communities.

Partnering & Collaborating

Delivering results through local partners and building resilience through community-led development.

Creating Sustainable Change

Adding value by sharing development best practices with our local partners, strengthening them so they, in turn, can facilitate sustainable, community-led change and self-reliance.

Integrating Cross-Cutting Themes

Cross-cutting themes, in particular gender equity and environmental sustainability, are integrated within all development initiatives and bring technical expertise and resources to local partners and communities.

Food Security & Education


Programs that help communities and families to:

grow more food

eat healthy,
culturally-appropriate food

and earn incomes to buy more food.

And help children to:

attend early childhood
development centres

get a quality primary education

eat nutritious meals at
school so they learn better.

Creating Strong Sustainable Communities


By tackling three critical issues

Climate change adaptation and
environmental sustainability

Gender
equality

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Strong local organizations that
support child-focused development

From Charity to Change Agent


As part of the agency’s “journey to change,” CFTC has worked diligently to increase our capacity as an actor in the international development sector in Canada. Engaging in these important national discussions has accompanied our heightened profile as a recognized, respected international development actor – an important change-maker, not just an effective charity – and the deepening of our expertise in food security, climate change, and innovation in development.


UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2015, the UN launched its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a stronger focus on climate change and women’s equality. The agenda sets out 17 SDGs. CFTC’s work was and continues to be aligned with these goals, in particular:

Goal #1 – No Poverty
Goal #2 – Zero Hunger
Goal #4 – Quality Education
Goal #13 – Climate Action

Canada’s Development Priorities

2015 was also an important turning point for Canada’s international development efforts, with a new government and a renewed commitment to advance Canada’s key development priorities.

CFTC participated in Global Affairs Canada’s International Assistance Review, contributing our recommendations to create a new framework to guide Canada’s aid decisions, empower people, and support broad-based, sustainable growth in the developing world with an emphasis on women and girls and on the climate.

Aid for Agriculture

As part of the Aid4Agriculture Coalition, we’ve joined with other development organizations to encourage Canada to make a signature investment in small-scale farming as a way to achieve both Canada’s development priorities and 12 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Read more about the Aid4Ag proposal, which includes 10 specific strategies relating to agriculture that will advance the world’s poverty alleviation, food security, women’s empowerment and climate change adaptation goals.

Governance Excellence



ACCREDITED: IMAGINE CANADA STANDARDS PROGRAM

Canadian Feed The Children was among the first organizations to be accredited by Imagine Canada under their Standards Program, an external validation of adherence to 72 criteria in five areas of non-profit management. Accreditation demonstrates our commitment to the best practices and highest level of accountability in non-profit management to our donors and the public.


EXEMPLAR: AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING TRANSPARENCY

Canadian Feed The Children has been awarded “Exemplar” status through 2017 for its three consecutive wins in 2012, 2013 and 2014 of the Voluntary Sector Reporting Award of Excellence for Financial Reporting Transparency.


ACCREDITED: BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU WISE GIVING ALLIANCE STANDARDS

Canadian Feed The Children is an accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability, which evaluates charities’ performance on governance and oversight, finances, effectiveness, fundraising, and information transparency.

Sector Participation


Canadian Feed The Children participates actively with like-minded international development organizations advancing Canada’s international aid objectives and aligned with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Canadian Feed The Children is co-chair of the Canadian Coalition on Climate Change and Development, a coalition of international development and environmental organizations working together to share knowledge and take concerted action to address climate change.

Food Security
Policy Group

Canadian Feed The Children is a member of the FSPG, which brings together Canadian international development and humanitarian agencies, farmers’ organizations and human rights groups to enhance sustainable agriculture and food security in developing countries and Canada.

Canadian Feed The Children works actively with the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, a group of Canadian voluntary sector organizations working globally to achieve sustainable human development. CCIC seeks to end global poverty and to promote social justice and human dignity for all.

AID4AG COALITION

CFTC is proud to be part of a coalition of NGOs and researchers recommending that Canada make a signature investment of $2.5 billion over five years to support sustainable agriculture and climate change adaptation for small-scale farmers, especially women.

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