Canada Aid

Trade, Not Aid, Will Unshackle Ethiopia From Extreme Poverty

Samuel Getachew | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

The difference I have with foreign aid is the very limited role it plays in the long term commitment to helping society become self-sufficient and independent. At best, foreign aid has created dependency, produced corruption, intensified war and made unhealthy heroes of celebrities. Trade is the better option for Ethiopia.

Haiti's Resolve Is Stronger Than The Winds Of Hurricane Matthew

UNICEF Canada | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Impact

It is Sunday at 2 p.m., local time. I am in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, waiting, together with 10 million people. Waiting for the impact of yet another burden on the already heavily loaded shoulders of this amazing country.

Defence, Development Ministers Talk ISIS Mission With Aid Agencies

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.13.2016 | Canada Politics

The Liberals' recently refocused the ISIS mission to place greater emphasis on humanitarian and development support.

In Nepal, the Road to Recovery Lies in the Persistence of Women

Jess Tomlin | Posted 05.23.2016 | Canada Impact
Jess Tomlin

The minute an earthquake (or any emergency) hits, women's organizations are responding. Before the humanitarian machine kicks in, before food aid drops, before reconstruction efforts get started, women's organizations are creating makeshift shelters, finding and preparing food, protecting girls and caring for the sick. They are an essential part of recovery and a huge asset in relief and reconstruction efforts.

Development Minister Pushes For New Aid Lending Body

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.20.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Just before the federal budget, Canada's international development minister has been touting a new, relatively cheap initiative that could ma...

Canada Working On Matchmaking Site For Foreign Aid

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Politics

WASHINGTON - The Canadian government is working on a project that it hopes will revolutionize international development the way matchmaking websites r...

Canada Pledges $130M For Education Abroad

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Politics

WASHINGTON - The Canadian government has promised $130 million for child-education projects abroad, including help for young refugees displaced by the...

Canada Offers $3.3M To Combat Cybercrime

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Politics

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Canada is contributing $3.3 million to support measures to combat cybercrime in central America and the Caribbean.Foreign Aff...

When It Comes To Foreign Aid, Canada Ranks Near The Bottom

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada ranked in the lower half of the pack in a world survey of foreign aid spending released Wednesday.The annual ranking by the Paris-base...

Harper Government Lets $125M In Aid To Poor Nations Lapse

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Almost 14 per cent of the money that Canada's newly amalgamated Foreign Affairs Department planned to spend alleviating poverty in poor count...

Aid Community Fears Feds Will Tighten Ebola Measures

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.09.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's aid community is buzzing with speculation that the federal government may be poised to escalate its measures aimed at otherwise heal...

Praise For Harper Government On This Issue, Despite Controversy

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.28.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A top United Nations official is praising the Harper government's foreign policy initiative to end forced marriage of young girls, even if Ca...

Canada's Strength Is in its Helping Hands

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In Canada, we have benefits that many people throughout the world do not enjoy, like a robust insurance system and government safety nets. But it is our willingness to step in and help a complete stranger in a time of need that will keep Canada strong as a nation and allow us to weather all storms, big and small.

Creating Triumph in a Tragic World

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 07.29.2013 | Canada
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

It is a sobering realization that not a day passes when we are not assaulted with tragic events that happen in the world. Some are natural and cannot ...

Canada Giving Jordan $13M To Help Manage Syrian Refugees

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.31.2013 | Canada Politics

AMMAN, Jordan - Canada is giving the Middle Eastern country of Jordan an additional $13 million to help deal with a crush of Syrian refugees.Foreign A...

Minister Denies Foreign Aid Cuts Even Though Budget Slashed

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.11.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's new international co-operation minister said Tuesday his department's budget has not been cut, even though it shrunk by several hund...

If You Build it, They Will Come -- But Building's Not Enough

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.11.2012 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Many development projects are the product of the Field of Dreams Syndrome: the naïve belief that if you build a hospital, school or well, somehow, magically, doctors and teachers and maintenance workers will just appear to make the project a success. If we don't empower communities to manage projects independently, we might as well throw our money down the well we just drilled. It's more cruel to promise a better life and not deliver than to never offer aid at all.

Not Just Reading the News, but Making a Difference

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.30.2012 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The question we hear most frequently from people ready to make a difference is: "Where do I begin?" In our contributions to Impact, we'll tackle some of these questions, using our experience working with communities in Canada and all regions of the world, and in the context of news that's happening right now. This new online community has the potential to bring us together and start making the news instead of just reading it.

Althia Raj

Canada Scolded By OECD On Foreign Aid | Althia Raj | Posted 08.19.2012 | Canada Politics

Canada received a scolding from its peers Tuesday, with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) saying the government doesn'...

Dispatches From Haiti

Mary Warner | Posted 03.09.2012 | Canada
Mary Warner

A few months after the earthquake, physiotherapist Mike Landry returned to Haiti to check back in on his patients and help them return home. To this day, rubble still covers the streets of Haiti and it is shocking to see. For someone with mobility issues, it is very difficult to get around.

Rethinking 0.7%

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.21.2012 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Remember the 0.7 per cent of their gross national product (GNP) that the world's riches nations committed to international development? Whatever became of it? Let's have a 0.7 per cent for a new generation, only this time with the concentration on that one part of the world that has lagged behind -- Africa.

Internet Propels African Women Into the Future

Glen Pearson | Posted 12.21.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

While other major development initiatives -- schools, medical clinics, roads, human rights laws to protect women -- will take years to reach their potential, the digital age lies as a present powerful tool to assist women.

Peace in Afghanistan Isn't the Absence of War

Joseph Ingram | Posted 12.06.2011 | Canada
Joseph Ingram

As David Cameron once said, it is "better to mend broken states and act to stop problems before they come to our door." His words resonate because we have come to understand that peace is not just the absence of war, but also the presence of social and economic justice.

Education Helps the Garden Grow When Rains Don't Fall

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.20.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

David Arap Kilel nearly stumbles up the hill of his slanted farm in pinstripe pants tucked into knee-high gum boots, wet despite the neighbouring dry fields. "I'm the first home in my community with irrigation!" he shouts breathlessly, waving calloused hands.

Transparency and Canadian Foreign Aid

Stephen Brown | Posted 10.01.2011 | Canada Politics
Stephen Brown

None of the Canadian government's foreign aid documents are of any help in answering rather simple but important questions, such as what have the hundreds of millions Canada has spent in post-earthquake Haiti or Afghanistan actually achieved?