Dariusz Dziewanski
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Dariusz Dziewanski is a researcher and monitoring and evaluation consultant. He is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa, researching gang violence in the Cape Flats. Since 2006, he has worked with different non-governmental organizations and United Nations agencies throughout West and East Africa, South and Central America, and South Asia. He has also worked with the Canadian International Development Agency and Department of National Defence, in Ottawa. Dariusz is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of London’s School of Oriental African Studies.

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How Canada's Foreign Aid Fails to Prepare for Ebola

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 10:58 AM

Last March, I found myself evaluating a health clinic in northern Liberia. The visit came a day after Canadians were alarmed by reports of a potential case of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Saskatchewan. The case eventually tested negative for Ebola, but not before the news caused panic in Canada. The...

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Pistorius Should Not Be the Face of Violence in South Africa

(2) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 12:49 PM

The opening act of Oscar Pistorius' murder trial commenced last week. With it began the 24-hour media theatre surrounding its proceedings. Over the coming weeks, Pistorius will not only be the face of South Africa, but also the personification of the country's struggle with violence. With one of...

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Is the End of CIDA the End of Canadian Development?

(3) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 3:16 AM

In a humid concrete office in Monrovia -- across the tumult of shouts, horns, and dust that stream in from the street below -- I am interviewing the head of LANSA, a Liberian non-governmental organization. "Liberia is a very rich country in terms of natural resources and the population is...

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The High Price of Muzzling CIDA Staffers

(4) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 6:46 AM

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)'s newly written code of ethics appears to further an already troubling trend of centralization, micromanagement, and self-censorship within the agency. Judging by reporting from the Ottawa Citizen, the new rules spell out a "duty of loyalty" that requires CIDA workers to refrain from public...

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Listen Up Canada, U.S. Gun Laws Affect You Too

(53) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 11:18 AM

The U.S. gun debate was splashed across news pages yesterday, as Barack Obama unveiled plans for substantial new gun control policies. Canadians are certainly paying attention. But do we realize how the ripple effects of gun issues in the United States can impact crime and violence north of the border?...

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Why CIDA Should Plan for Failure

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 3:14 PM

A recent statement issued by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) laments the "slow progress of development" from foreign aid efforts in Haiti. From the perspective of the Minister of International Development Julian Fantino, whose name was attached to the statement, the problem is simple: weak governing institutions,...

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Is Canada's Foreign Aid Just About Looking Good?

(5) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 7:05 AM

International public opinion surveys suggest two main motivations for giving foreign aid: morality and national benefit. In Canada, a 2004 public opinion poll indicated that approximately twice as many people saw Canadian foreign aid as an altruistic moral imperative, rather than an extension of national interests....

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Gun Control: Should Firearms Represent Freedom?

(28) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 7:11 AM

Over four decades of research on gun violence suggests that the mere presence of guns can trigger aggression. In 2005, for instance, research conducted for the study "Interactive Effects of Life Experience and Situational Cues on Aggression: the Weapons Priming Effect in Hunters and Non-hunters" in the Journal of Experimental...

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