Realities of “a very uncertain world” drive inflation, create challenges for charities working overseas

With the American dollar at a 20-year high, Canadian aid and development organizations feel the pinch

Why It Matters

Long-term development goals around health, education and the rights of women and girls have been pushed aside by the Covid-19 pandemic, inflation, conflict and climate disasters. Global Affairs doesn’t index grants to inflation and many Canadians are giving less as they deal with inflation at home.

A woman with two children walks a footpath on the outskirts of El Alto, Bolivia. (Photo: Shannon VanRaes)

This story is part of a special report on the effects of inflation on social purpose organizations and the communities they serve. Stay tuned for more reporting on this. 

In 2018, Matt and Lydia Hill travelled to Bolivia to visit a community centre in the high-altitude city of El Alto, home to a largely Indigenous population. They’d been there before, but this time was different.

“Initially, we were going to help them get some computers,” Lydia Hill recalls. “But then we found out their funding was running out and there was no lunch program … I’ll never forget the look in one father’s eyes, he just looked at me and I could barely speak Spanish and he didn’t speak English, but they just needed help.”

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