• Whatever Happened to the Aid Effectiveness Agenda?

    Whatever Happened to the Aid Effectiveness Agenda?

    • December 6, 2016

    In the early 2000s, Western donors finally recognized that they were partly to blame for foreign aid’s often disappointing results. The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, adopted in 2005, was the result of that soul-searching. The Declaration was based on five core principles, including recipient countries’ ownership of their poverty reduction strategies, donors’ alignment with

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  • Gender and peacebuilding: Trudeau can do more to support gender rights in Africa

    Gender and peacebuilding: Trudeau can do more to support gender rights in Africa

    • December 1, 2016

    By Dr. Annie Bunting With the Canadian government about to confirm the deployment of peacekeepers to Africa (likely to Mali), and Prime Minister Trudeau’s recent visit to Liberia and address to the Francophonie on the centrality of the rights of women and girls, it is important to reflect critically on both these agendas in tandem.

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  • Global nightmare, false alarm — or a first step to a new geopolitical order?

    Global nightmare, false alarm — or a first step to a new geopolitical order?

    • November 22, 2016

    We have had a few days now to calm our jangling nerves. President-elect Trump has already had a civilized conversation with President Obama and “promised” to keep a couple of features from Obamacare. But he is going to be an almost omnipotent president, controlling both Congress and Senate and, maybe worse for Americans, shaping the

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  • Letter to George Clooney

    Letter to George Clooney

    • September 15, 2016

    Dear George, I’m writing to say that I think you are a great actor! And, of course, handsome beyond belief!! I loved you in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? I laughed my socks off watching you in Burn After Reading. I even felt sad for your hardened, self-possessed character in Up in the Air. I’m

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  • 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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