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Canada Needs to Get Serious About Development Finance

Brett House | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Brett House

Canada is the only G7 country that doesn't have a publicly-owned, profit-driven development finance institution (DFI) that can help private business invest in jobs, growth and markets in low-income countries. We're not just missing an opportunity to raise people out of poverty: we're also missing a chance to build Canadian business while earning returns for Canada's stretched taxpayers.

Why Isn't Canada a Leader in International Development?

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

This week is International Development Week. This year's theme is "We are Making a Difference." Canada should be making a difference -- a real, sustainable difference. Unfortunately, under the Conservative government, we are going in the wrong direction.

Canada Abandons a Former Partner

Glen Pearson | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The recent troubles in the south that sprung up only a month ago, and the instability that has resulted, has pressed that African region to the precipice. But just this week, the Harper government, through its Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), has recommended, "that Canada consider downgrading its development program (in Sudan), or exiting entirely."

International Development Should Not Happen Behind Closed Doors

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

When Parliament reconvenes on October 16, all eyes will be on Stephen Harper's "new" agenda as articulated in the Speech from the Throne. What role will international development play in this speech -- and will it matter? I believe that the most important decisions on the international development agenda continue to be made quietly and behind closed doors, with no public scrutiny.

The Injustice In Uganda That Is Affecting Our Neighbours In Canada

Samuel Getachew | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

This coming Saturday, the Ugandan Canadian community is organizing a public protest to highlight the shortcomings of a new government policy in Uganda. Henry Luyombya and Morris Komakech reflect with me why they believe Canada and Canadians should be alarmed and concerned about what is happening in their native land.

Fantino's Office Issues English-Only Communication Directive

CP | Fannie Olivier, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.07.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The office of International Co-operation Minister Julian Fantino twice issued a directive that all communication with his signature be in Eng...

Worldwide Protests Against Canadian Mines

CBC | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada Business

Tens of thousands of Colombians took to the streets of Bucaramanga, the country's sixth-largest city, last month to defend their water supply from a C...

Why We Shouldn't Mourn CIDA

Kokulan Mahendiran | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Kokulan Mahendiran

When I first heard about the dismantling of the Canadian International Development Agency in the government's recent budget, I was rather dismayed. Nonetheless, upon delving into the issue further, it became clear that my initial reaction was quite misguided. International aid from Canada is not coming to an end; the budget has merely initiated the merging of CIDA with the Department of Foreign Affairs. The aim is not to slash aid, but rather to have a more synergized approach to its deliverance in developing countries. The merger of CIDA with DFAIT ensures the money our government spends internationally will be more focused, effective and better reflect and preserve the national interests of Canada.

Q&A With a Global Affairs Guru Changing Gender Discrimination

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

As Canada is reducing its visibility in the world, the role that Canadians are playing in the world has not diminished one bit. Amrita Kumar-Ratta is one Canadian who has traveled in places such as India and Kenya to contribute to making the world a better place. She reflects on her activism here at home and abroad and looks ahead on the role she wants to play in the world.

CIDA's Merge Is a Lot Like My Son's Allowance

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Each week, I give my two children a small allowance. Since I'm trying to teach them about managing money responsibly, their coins are automatically divided among three different jam jars: Spending, saving, charity. This week, Canada's federal government announced the amalgamation of CIDA and DFAIT. What will happen when the two jars become one?

Harper Transition Team Wanted CIDA Gone In 2006

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.22.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The seeds of the Canadian International Development Agency's demise were sown in the days before Stephen Harper was sworn in as prime ministe...

The Mandate of Poverty Reduction Must Not Be Lost in CIDA's Merger

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 05.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

In yesterday's budget the government announced that Canada's International Development Agency (CIDA) will be merged within the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). CIDA's mandate of poverty reduction is distinct from the mandate of DFAIT, which is to promote Canada's interests abroad. The merger of these departments must be done without watering down CIDA's mandate.

TWEETS: CIDA Shutdown Angers Some Canadians

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.22.2013 | Canada Politics

One of the few items that drew anger in a relatively cautious 2013 budget was the decision to merge CIDA, Canada's agency responsible for delivering f...

Canada Cuts Aid.. To Superpower

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada has cut direct foreign aid to China as part of an overhaul of international assistance spending.It's one of 14 countries that will see...

Let's Learn From the U.K. and Commit to International Aid

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

The Harper government would do well to learn from the approach of the Conservative government in the United Kingdom which, in a difficult economic situation, has made the laudable commitment not to cut its aid budget. Scaling back our development assistance is, frankly, out of step with Canadian values.

Rae Defends Funding Of Religious Humanitarian Groups

CBC | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Politics

Faith groups in Canada do great humanitarian work around the world, interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae said Wednesday, in the wake of an uproar over a gov...

It Takes More Than Food to Fight Global Poverty

Glen Pearson | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada
Glen Pearson

It was good of Minister Fantino to respond to my article, but it would have proved far more productive if he had just listened to the professionals in his own department. They possess the training, on-the-ground experience, and clear-headed compassion to help Canada make a greater difference.

Anti-Gay Religious Group Gets Government Cash

CP | Lina Dib and Fannie Olivier, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.12.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An evangelical organization that describes homosexuality as a "perversion" and a "sin" is receiving funding from the Government of Canada for...

CIDA Is Doing More Than You Think

Julian Fantino | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada
Julian Fantino

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is an outcomes-driven agency. In an era of challenging economic realities around the world, we want to respect both the generosity of Canadian taxpayers who fund Canada's development work and wish to maximize their value by being doggedly zeroed-in on what really matters: improving the lives of the most vulnerable.

The High Price of Muzzling CIDA Staffers

Dariusz Dziewanski | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada
Dariusz Dziewanski

A real commitment to aid effectiveness would mean empowering CIDA staff to do the jobs they have been hired to do: provide unbiased information from which development programs and policies can be crafted. In the spirit of public service, proper decisions need to be constructed through discussion.

The Danger of High Expectations for International Aid

Kevin McCort | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada
Kevin McCort

While Don Cherry's comments about the amount of money spent on international aid to Haiti provoked much gnashing of teeth in the international development community, he does raise a pretty pertinent question: What is the value of Canada's contribution to international aid and development?

CIDA is Breaking Canada's Promise to the World

Glen Pearson | Posted 04.07.2013 | Canada
Glen Pearson

For well over a decade CIDA has been pushed from pillar to post, reeling from the constant shifting of priorities and reductions in funding. Quietly, and with sadness, the agency has watched many of its key personnel leave in favour of more imaginative posts in the United Nations or the NGO field.

Something Is Rotten In Fantino's House

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A government executive who worked on alleviating poverty around the world lacked judgment and wilfully broke the rules in order to run a priv...

Will Canada Improve its International Reputation in 2013?

Maripier Isabelle | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada Politics
Maripier Isabelle

2013 will be a determinant year for Canada on the international scene. Best illustrated by the new directives given to the Canadian International Development Agency's (CIDA), the policy shifts initiated by our government in terms of international aid in the last year cast doubt on the role we will play in overcoming the many hurdles developing countries face.

Why CIDA Should Plan for Failure

Dariusz Dziewanski | Posted 03.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Dariusz Dziewanski

It may be that the inherent complexity of international development initiatives -- which occur in dynamic and unpredictable environments, such Haiti's -- precludes a quick or linear path towards development results. Within this framework, failure may actually be a necessary stepping-stone on the path towards success.