Client: The Canadian Association of International Development Professionals (CAIDP)
Origin of funding: Global Affairs Canada
Sector: International Development (Study)
The research was commissioned by CAIDP, a volunteer non-profit organization seeking to ensure the implementation of effective international development through enhanced participation of Canadian development professionals from the private sector, NGOs and academia in international development interventions. It is part of CAIDP's core goals to enable Canadian experts to share knowledge and promote Canadian excellence in achieving international sustainable development results.
The research sought to assess Canada’s current landscape of expertise related to Canada’s foreign policy priorities, particularly but not exclusively Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) core action areas. The main objectives of the research were to gain a comprehensive understanding of the expertise available to support Canada’s foreign policy priorities including FIAP core areas; to identify and assess the main rosters of experts available in Canada; and to determine the areas in which Canadian consultants are well known within the international development community.
Kisserup implemented a mix-method research that consisted in two sets of online surveys in English and French to Canadian individuals as well as to organizations that work in the field of international development. It follow by semi-structured interviews of stakeholders to gather additional quantitative and qualitative information. Secondary research complemented the surveys and interviews. The research reviewed publicly available databases that could confirm the size of the pool of Canadian resources, in terms of number of organizations and experts registered in databases, and the numbers participating in international development assignments with the UN Agencies and major International Financial Institutions.