Oikocredit Canada Newsletter
February 2020

Oikocredit News and Updates


On the trail of cocoa

In west Ghana, Oikocredit’s recent study tour accompanies the cocoa farmer Paul Bukuroh Appiah to a place where chocolate has its origins to see first-hand how our partner Fedco makes life a little better for the people in the small village of Pieso. 

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Net Impact Schulich Annual Conference: Futuristic Thinking

Development to meet our current needs without compromising the abilities of future generations to meet their needs is sustainability. The question is “Is our thinking futuristic enough to make our development actions sustainable?”.
Oikocredit Canada is please to be supporting this Conference, which will be taking place on March 13, 2020.


IDW 2020: Working Together to Build a Better Future

February 6, 2020 was an inspiring evening where Canadian Feed the ChildrenCrossroads InternationalCuso InternationalIDRFOikocredit Canada, and  World Renew came together as a collective in planning a celebration of International Development Week 2020. This was a unique opportunity as we had six different organizations who might otherwise be “competing” for resources, join the stage to share global perspectives and stories from the field. “This event is about sharing the love, sharing the work and sharing the challenges”, said Kimberly Gibbons, Executive Director of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC). The themes of poverty alleviation, gender equality and partnerships, SDG’s 1, 5 and 17 were a clear focus for all of the organizations. Another common theme was how climate change is having a direct impact on numerous communities, particularly those that are dependent on agriculture as their source for income and nourishment, with the greatest threat being to women and children.
We were also joined by Marianick Tremblay, Director General Engaging Canadians for Global Affairs Canada, who in a closing remark stated, "We have to remember why we do this.. no action is silent, nothing is too small." 

Custom cake by Stronger Women's Catering out of Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA)

The biggest lesson of all, was that we can’t do this on our own. We can learn from our partners in the global south that it really does take a community to make a difference. No one organization can tackle global inequalities and the climate change crisis on their own. We also cannot depend on the current systems that we have in place to achieve the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. We cannot rely solely on government funding, or donations, or even impact investing. But together, if we combine these different economic models, engage the private sector, and improve knowledge sharing from the field, we can close the $2.3 trillion SDG financing gap.

Interested in partnering with Oikocredit to work towards the achieving the SDGs?

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45 years of Social Impact Investing

"In 2020 Oikocredit will celebrate its 45th anniversary. When Oikocredit was founded in 1975, the concept of impact investing was unknown, and we are proud to have been a catalyst in the exponential growth of this market that’s now estimated to be worth US$ 239 billion1. Today, 45 years on, we remain true to our focus on social impact. You can read more about our approach to social impact in our 2019 Impact Report".
-Thos Gieskes, Oikocredit Managing Director

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