• Canada Must Do Much More to Promote Ethical Mining

    • March 11, 2013

    Published in the Toronto Star, March 11, 2013 Recent months have seen heated debate about CIDA’s venture into funding partnerships between Canadian mining companies and international development NGOs. Earlier in March, CIDA Minister Julian Fantino told a gathering of international resource companies, government officials and NGOs that Canada’s venture into such partnerships is part of

  • Beyond 2015: MDGs, SDGs and Busan’s Global Partnership

    • October 25, 2012

    Despite a still-struggling global economy, one in which contagion from the developed world is now enveloping emerging economies, there is a boom in international donor-recipient diplomacy. Globalization is forcing us to recognize that there is no longer easily divisible rich and poor, North and South, but a new universality, a multi-layered world, with complex, often

  • Foreign Aid: More of the Same?

    • September 21, 2012

    Published in Embassy Magazine, September 19, 2012 Canada’s contributions to reducing global poverty are rarely a priority topic for debate in the House of Commons. Foreign aid is an important tool for supporting international development, but it will likely attract less attention now that controversial international co-operation minister Bev Oda has resigned. Sadly, in the

  • Bev Oda’s Real Legacy at CIDA

    • July 10, 2012

    Media commentary has been remarkably lenient regarding Bev Oda’s record at the end of her five-year stint as Canada’s Minister of International Cooperation. Coverage has by and large ignored how, under her watch, the government systematically undermined both the fundamental purpose of Canadian foreign aid, which is to fight poverty in developing countries, and the