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Disruptive Times Require Skilled Changemakers

Posted by Liz Weaver in February 2019

In this paper, Liz Weaver describes three elements that every changemaker needs when approaching complex challenges - a mindset shift, an agile and adaptable approach, and knowledge and skills in each of the five interconnected practice areas.

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The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: What Can You Do?

Posted by Natasha Pei on September 9, 2019

Each year, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty falls on the 17th of October. Declared by the United Nations in 1992, this date provides a shared moment each year – across the country and around the world – to:

  1. Commemorate victims of poverty, violence and hunger
  2. Reaffirm that poverty is a violation of human rights
  3. Re-commit to coming together to ensure the right to live free from poverty is respected
  4. Acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty
  5. Celebrate the willingness of people living in poverty to fight poverty and contribute their expertise to ending it
  6. Promote concrete activities around the eradication of poverty
  7. Organize activities for the observance of October 17th.

Source: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs - Poverty

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The Four Phases of Successful Poverty Reduction

Posted by Natasha Pei on July 10, 2019

As a national network, Cities Reducing Poverty (CRP) now supports more than 70 cities and communities, representing over 250 municipalities, to reduce poverty locally. 

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Lessons from PEI's Poverty Reduction Plan

Posted by Natasha Pei on April 11, 2019
The Government of Prince Edward Island launched a poverty reduction action plan for all Islanders last November. The action plan makes important commitments such as:
  • Developing a Poverty Reduction Act and identifying responsible parties
  • Monitoring key indicators such as the number of Islanders experiencing poverty and attachment to employment to measure progress
  • Convening a poverty reduction council comprised of community and government leaders
  • Large increases to social assistance rates
  • A new 211 help line for individuals and practitioners to find available services
  • And more
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Identifying Everyone’s Stake: Cause & Effect Exercises

Posted by Natasha Pei on March 19, 2019

Last month, Cities Reducing Poverty members were introduced to facilitating Cause and Effect exercises by Gary Vipond, CEO of United Way Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District. This blog provides an overview on what we learned as prospective facilitators.

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Prince Edward Island's Action Plan on Poverty

Posted by Natasha Pei on January 11, 2019

After just under a year of research and engaging Islanders in a discussion on challenges and solutions to poverty, Prince Edward Island (PEI) released their Poverty Reduction Action Plan in November 2018.

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Top 10 Cities Reducing Poverty Reads in 2018

Posted by Natasha Pei on December 14, 2018

Policy and systems change dominated the Cities Reducing Poverty network’s most popular ideas in 2018. We introduced a policy digest and followed learning trends and policy announcements throughout the year’s highs and lows – what is clear is that the need for systemic change is now at the forefront of our conversations on poverty, and that finding solutions to poverty is breaking through into the public debate.

As we close 2018, we are reflecting on trends and are working on a robust line up of learning opportunities for 2019. Below are the most popular resources and blogs from Canada’s poverty reduction community:

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