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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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4 Components for Establishing Mutually Reinforcing Activities

Posted by Natasha Pei on March 6, 2020

Does this situation sound familiar? You have a group of people who have committed to reduce poverty using a Collective Impact or collaborative approach. You know what needs to be done to support people to escape poverty in your community. Yet, scaling the initiative to create large-scale impact feels out-of-reach, because everyone is already at maximum capacity and doing their best to participate “off the side of the desk.” So, the work becomes a series of small manageable projects and programs that raise awareness and help alleviate poverty for some individuals and families.

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Over 1 Million Canadians Lifted out of Poverty: Q&A With Maytree on Canada's Updated MBM

Posted by Alison Homer on February 28, 2020

On February 24, 2020, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) released results from the 2018 Canadian Income survey that showed that, since 2015, more than 1 million Canadians have been lifted out of poverty. This represents the largest three-year reduction in Canadian history. Canada’s poverty rate continues on a downward trend, and poverty rates have decreased since 2015 in all 10 provinces.  

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BC Budget 2020 & What It Means for Poverty Reduction

Posted by Christine Hadekel on February 27, 2020

February was a busy month for poverty reduction efforts in British Columbia as local municipalities submitted their applications for funding under the Poverty Reduction Planning & Action Program.  

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BC Government Funding Available for Local Poverty Reduction Efforts

Posted by Alison Homer on January 16, 2020

The Government of BC’s Poverty Reduction Planning & Action Program is providing $5M over three years to support local governments to reduce poverty at the local level. The program was developed based on a recognition that local governments are crucial partners in poverty reduction. They see the impact of poverty first-hand and play a central role in developing collaborative local solutions.

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Applying the Five Conditions of Collective Impact to Poverty Reduction

Posted by Alison Homer on December 18, 2019

Cities Reducing Poverty (CRP) members across Canada apply Collective Impact approaches as they work to move the needle on poverty in their communities. They frame their work under five core conditions, first identified in 2011 by John Kania and Mark Kramer of FSG Consulting, that have been identified as being shared by successful Collective Impact initiatives.

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10 Top News Stories from Cities Reducing Poverty in 2019

Posted by Natasha Pei on December 14, 2019

In 2019, the Cities Reducing Poverty network grew to 80 cities and communities across Canada and the USA, all committed to local poverty reduction efforts. Even more heartening is to see that this expanding movement is having an impact – we are seeing population-level changes in poverty rates and food security at national, regional and local levels. Coupled with several positive policy announcements, these trends indicate that despite the stubborn nature of poverty, we are moving in the right direction.

Enjoy the top 10 news stories and popular learning resources from 2019.

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