Thought Leadership

CowaterSogema has established its self as a recognized global-leader in our field. Through our commitment to constant learning and knowledge sharing, we produce monthly Thought Leadership ‘White Papers.’ We encourage the global community to participate in an open dialogue about international development through our social media platforms or by contacting us directly on our website. We hope you can find an article that interests you and sparks a conversation. If you would like to know more about a particular topic we have not yet covered, please send us a message so that we might consider publishing a piece that covers your topic of interest.


May 2018: Using Evidence-Based Data to Improve Girls’ Education

Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy highlights the importance of giving girls and boys equal access through its main action area, which promotes gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Read about CowaterSogema’s thoughts on using evidence-based data to improve girls’ education in this month’s white paper.

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February 2018: A feminist approach to development: It starts with us

In this white paper, and in the context of Canada’s celebrated new Feminist International Assistance Policy, CowaterSogema’s gender equality specialists propose that resistance to ‘feminism’ or ‘feminist’ approaches to development is often based on a combination of a misunderstanding of these concepts and unconscious biases that implicitly favour existing power dynamics and inequalities.

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January 2018: Gender Responsive Budgeting

CowaterSogema has a long history of promoting good governance and accountability in the countries in which we work by building public institutions that are responsive, equitable, inclusive, accountable, transparent, participatory, and efficient. In this Whitepaper, we look at Gender Responsive Budgeting: Leveraging the Power of the Purse to Improve the Lives of Women and Girls.

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December 2017: Building markets for small-scale solar to achieve affordable and clean energy for all

Decentralized power solutions are expected to make a substantial contribution towards bridging to bridging the gap and to achieve the goal of universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services by 2030 under the UN Sustainable Development Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy. In this issue, CowaterSogema examines decentralized power with regards to small-scale solar.

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May 2017: The Role of Supreme Audit Institutions

Cowater examines two key areas where donor countries such as Canada can play an important role in enabling partner countries to leverage the mandates and capabilities of their Supreme Audit Institutions to better ensure the achievement of core international development priorities.

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March 2017: Catalyzing Economic Development

In this White Paper, we examine the key elements that should be considered in adapting the theory of Economic Clusters to the regional economic development strategies in developing economies. Specifically, we look at the importance of establishing key governance structures and the importance of aligning the interests stakeholders from the public sector, the private sector and academia.

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