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Development work is not just about implementing programs for children. It is also about dealing with the long-term structural causes of poverty, the denial of rights and marginalization. Plan does this by working with decision-makers here in Canada, who along with other international leaders, are responsible for ensuring that children achieve their potential. The Canadian government has both the access and resources to play an important role in decision-making within major multilateral institutions.

Plan works with like-minded coalitions of organizations to influence policy decisions, raise awareness and build support within government departments for progressive policies related to Plan’s work. Our participation in coalitions reflections our advocacy priorities: Because I am a Girl, food security and child rights. Below is an overview of the five main coalitions we work with in Canada, as well as the organizations we are a part of internationally.

The Humanitarian Coalition is a joint appeal mechanism. It is comprised of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan International Canada and Save the Children Canada. With a combined presence in more than 120 countries, we bring together Canada's leading aid agencies to finance relief efforts in times of international humanitarian crises. We work together to eliminate unnecessary competition, reduce the duplication of fundraising costs, and inform the public on humanitarian needs.

Membership in the Humanitarian Coalition is open, but limited to registered Canadian charities with established expertise and capacity in international humanitarian response.

Alliance for Women’s Rights

The Alliance for Women’s Rights is a coalition of over 100 organizations and allies from across Canada united in raising awareness about women’s rights and gender justice, in communities across Canada and around the world.

Plan International Canada supports the Alliance’s Up For Debate campaign to create a national conversation on gender equality and women’s rights in the lead up to the 2015 federal election.

Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CICC)

The council is a coalition of Canadian voluntary sector organizations working globally to achieve sustainable human development. The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CICC) seeks to end global poverty and to promote social justice and human dignity for all. The council comprises about 100 Canadian voluntary sector organizations working to end global poverty including Plan, Red Cross, Save the Children and YMCA.

Canadian Coalition on the Rights of the Child

This coalition was formed after the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted in 1989 to focus attention on the rights of children in Canada. The coalition works on engaging the public on child rights and reviewing Canada’s record before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Canadian Global Campaign on Education (CGCE)

Created in 2004, the Canadian Global Campaign for Education (CGCE) is a broad-based coalition of 22 non-governmental organizations, faculties of education, research institutes and teachers' unions working together to enhance Canada's contribution to provide education for all. Plan is working with the Aga Khan Foundation, Canadian Teachers' Federation, VSO and other groups in this coalition.

Food Security Policy Group

The Food Security Policy Group is a coalition of Canadian development organizations and farmers’ groups promoting approaches to development and international trade that protect and enhance livelihoods and food/nutrition security for poor people in developing countries.


Peacebuild is a network of Canadian non-governmental organizations and institutions, academics and individuals engaged in a wide range of activities related to addressing the causes and consequences of violent conflict. The Peacebuild network currently has 54 members, 29 of which are organizational members including Plan, Amnesty International, Oxfam and UNICEF.


Plan also partners with a variety of international development organizations that work to improve children's lives in developing countries. Below is an overview of the main international coalitions we work with.

Action for Global Health (AFGH)

Action for Global Health is a cross-Europe network of non-governmental organizations and charities calling for Europe to act now to enable developing countries to achieve the health Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

The Child Rights Information Network is a global network that disseminates information about the Convention on the Rights of the Child and child rights among non-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies, inter-governmental organizations, educational institutions and other child rights experts. The coordinating unit is based in London, UK.

Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)

Global Call to Action Against Poverty is a worldwide alliance of organizations and individuals campaigning to reduce poverty through trade justice, debt cancellation, increased and better quality aid, and national efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Global Movement for Children (GMC)

Established in 2001, the Global Movement for Children aims to put children's rights on the public agenda. It was founded by Plan in partnership with UNICEF, the International Save the Children Alliance, World Vision International, Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) and

Global Campaign for Education (GCE)

The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) believes that free, quality basic education for everyone is not only an essential right, but an achievable goal. 125 million children are still out of school, and one in three adults is illiterate. Determined to end this injustice, aid agencies, non-government organizations, child rights activists, and teachers' and public sector unions operating in 180 countries have joined forces to launch the GCE.

Keeping Children Safe

Keeping Children Safe is a toolkit to help international agencies reach global standards in child protection. Keeping Children Safe was developed in collaboration with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and a coalition of international agencies including Plan, Save the Children, Oxfam, World Vision, Tearfund, Everychild, Terre des Hommes and People in Aid.


NetHope is an information technology consortium of 18 leading international non-governmental organizations. Through member knowledge sharing, collaboration and by facilitating public benefit collaborations with major corporations, NetHope enables members to extend their communications infrastructure and leverage of internet-based applications to help millions of people in more than 100 developing countries.