• Future Development Challenges? Afghanistan Remains at the Top of the List

    Future Development Challenges? Afghanistan Remains at the Top of the List

    • July 7, 2016

    While the joint work of the Afghan government and the international community brought a few benefits for the country, many have not been sustainable. Serious challenges remain unaddressed and require priority attention from analysts, policy-makers, and bureaucrats. Highlighting dubious, anecdotal success stories and painting an overly positive picture do not ultimately benefit Afghanistan. Sally Armstrong’s

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  • Policy Coherence for Development: Putting it into Practice

    Policy Coherence for Development: Putting it into Practice

    • June 24, 2016

    Providing foreign aid is only one among many things that countries like Canada can do to promote international development. Official development assistance (ODA) on its own is not sufficient to help developing countries radically improve the lot of their poor and marginalized people, including achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by the 2030 deadline. A government’s policies beyond

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  • A New Era for Persons with Disabilities and International Development?

    A New Era for Persons with Disabilities and International Development?

    • May 13, 2016

    by Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo Momentum behind the disability-inclusive development agenda is at an all-time high — and growing. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the key international document, now has 163 States-Parties. Additionally, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction have been clear steps forwards. Most

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  • Intersectionality and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Global Development

    Intersectionality and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Global Development

    • April 28, 2016

    by Julianne Acker-Verney, Pamela Johnson, and Susan Manning  Intersectionality is a tool that can guide researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to learn about and respond to the diverse experiences of women and men, girls and boys with disabilities and the social structures and systems that often exclude and silence them. Persons with disabilities are often

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  • Disability and Development in Africa: What Role for Canada?

    Disability and Development in Africa: What Role for Canada?

    • April 21, 2016

    by David Black It has become widely accepted that the previous Conservative government sharply diminished Canada’s focus on Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Against this backdrop, the new Liberal government has signalled its intent to re-engage. There are several problems with this narrative. First, while there is no denying the Conservatives’ relative disinterest in African issues, it

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  • Les personnes handicapées et la coopération Canado–Haïtienne (French only)

    Les personnes handicapées et la coopération Canado–Haïtienne (French only)

    • April 15, 2016

    par Stephen Baranyi et Ilionor Louis Lorsqu’Haïti apparaît dans les médias canadiens, ces jours-ci, c’est généralement la crise électorale qui attire notre attention. La gestion problématique et la contestation des élections en août et octobre 2015, ainsi que les difficultés d’organiser le dernier tour prévu pour la fin d’avril, devraient préoccuper les Canadiens qui sont

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  • W.E.B. Du Bois: From Global to Transnational Justice

    W.E.B. Du Bois: From Global to Transnational Justice

    • April 7, 2016

    By Inés Valdez Theories of global justice spring from a genealogy of internationalism that includes the Parliament at The Hague, the League of Nations, and the United Nations. These theories rely on a conceptualization of the West as homogeneously affluent, which limits the recognition of marginalized groups within the West or the possibility that West–non-West

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  • Finding Canada’s Way Again on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    Finding Canada’s Way Again on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    • March 31, 2016

    Introduction: Disability and Global Development There are over one billion persons with disabilities in the world today. Although many are at the “bottom billion” of the global hierarchy, over the past decade they have capably organized to get their rights recognized through the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The Sustainable

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  • Budget 2016: Postponing Decisions on Canada’s Foreign Aid

    Budget 2016: Postponing Decisions on Canada’s Foreign Aid

    • March 24, 2016

    In its first five months in office, the Liberal government has captured the world’s attention, never losing an opportunity to proclaim that “Canada is back.” In a blog a few months ago, the McLeod Group lamented the new government’s lack of attention to global poverty, wondering just how far “back” Canada really is. Expectations were low, but the federal budget released

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  • Lessons from a Decade in Afghanistan

    Lessons from a Decade in Afghanistan

    • March 24, 2016

    The lessons below are gleaned from the experiences of the international community in the decade following the overthrow of the Taliban regime. They provide partial answers to the question of why Afghanistan has faced renewed conflict and a resurgent Taliban, both detrimental to security and development. The limited success of the mission in Afghanistan is

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  • Migration as a Threat to Foreign Aid?

    Migration as a Threat to Foreign Aid?

    • March 16, 2016

    The current migration crisis poses a threat to foreign aid. By that, I certainly do not mean that the refugees and asylum seekers themselves are dangerous, but rather how Western governments respond to the crisis is already having a negative impact on foreign aid, one that will worsen significantly in the coming years. In short,

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  • Ending Poverty by 2030: Sharing Prosperity with the Bottom 40%

    Ending Poverty by 2030: Sharing Prosperity with the Bottom 40%

    • March 1, 2016

    By Christopher Lakner, Mario Negre, and Espen Beer Prydz While the world has seen a rapid reduction in extreme poverty in recent decades, the goal of “ending poverty” by 2030 remains ambitious. The latest estimates show that in 2012 almost 900 million people (12.7% of the world’s population) lived below the $1.90/day threshold (based on 2011

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