TAP Lexicon

Definitions and explanations for commonly used terms in the TAP project

TAP’s Adaptive Deployment Model is based on four distinct yet interrelated pillars: Values, Capacity Development Approach, Operational Principles and Expert Deployment Mechanism Best Practices. This approach applies the three Qs: Quantity, Quickness and Quality in its service delivery approach continually taking into consideration how our project pillars, that is our values, the capacity development approach, Alinea’s operational principals come together to create good deployment and T.A. practices for success. This model needs to be nimble to be effective in delivering development outcomes in short to medium term interventions globally.

In the case of the TAP Project, deployment refers to the assigning of a Canadian Expert to work with an NGE, providing technical assistance. During deployment, the Canadian Expert travels to the country for the short-term assignment.  

An approach to development by the Government of Canada whereby needs identified by development partners are matched with experts who can be deployed on a on targeted, short-term basis to provide technical assistance to address the needs. For the TAP project, the needs are identified by NGEs and the technical assistance is provided by Canadians or Canadian Permanent Residents 

Launched in 2017, Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) recognizes that supporting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is the best way to build a more peaceful, more inclusive and more prosperous world. To do this, it supports targeted investments, partnerships, innovation and advocacy efforts with the greatest potential to close gender gaps and improve everyone’s chance for success. It also works across other action areas that reflect the multi-dimensional nature of poverty, in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. Working in this way leads to better development results and benefits everyone, including men and boys. For more about TAP’s integration of FIAP into its work, please our cross-cutting theme strategies.  

A government-directed institution, whether an agency, ministry, parastatal organization or corporations where the government is the sole legal shareholder (e.g., a Crown corporation in Canada). TAP Canadian Experts provide technical assistance to NGEs in partner countries.  

ODA is defined as government aid designed to promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries. Loans and credits for military purposes are excluded. In Canada, ODA is guided by the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act (ODAAA), which came into force in 2008. Its purpose is to ensure that all Canadian ODA focuses on poverty reduction and reflects aid effectiveness principles and Canadian values. 

While Global Affairs Canada is responsible for disbursing the majority of Canada’s ODA, other federal departments such as Health Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and Revenue Canada also dispense ODA on Canada’s behalf.  

Countries that are eligible for ODA based on criteria determined by the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD-DAC). Currently, about 130 countries are eligible for Canadian ODA.  

The production, transfer, adaptation, mobilization and use utilization of services, skills, knowledge and technology. For the TAP project, technical assistance is provided by qualified Canadian citizens or Canadian Permanent Residents who match the skills and expertise identified as required by an NGE partner. 

The request for technical assistance created in partnership by an NGE and the Canadian diplomatic mission in the NGE country. It is a description of the technical assistance requirements of the NGE that is used to recruit the Canadian Expert and informs the Canadian Expert’s work plan for the deployment.  

The TAP project was created to increase the deployment of Canadian experts abroad in response to the needs of countries eligible for ODA. The goal of Alinea’s TAP Team is to work with Canadian Diplomatic Missions and their national government partners to find Canadian experts to deliver the technical assistance identified.   

Groups and communities at a higher risk of not having their needs met, including health, protection from physical or psycosocial harm, denied access to services, access to housing,   as a result of the barriers they experience to social, economic, political and environmental resources, discrimination in all its forms, as well as limitations due to illness or disability.