• 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Exploring the Potentials of NGO-Corporate Partnerships for Development

    • March 28, 2012

    A recent article by Princeton professor Anne-Marie Slaughter about new diplomatic initiatives at the U.S. State Department may induce an acute case of policy envy in many Canadian readers. Under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as Slaughter describes, U.S. diplomacy …

  • CSR Funding is the Least of CIDA’s Woes

    • January 19, 2012

    A column in today’s Ottawa Citizen describes new levels of politicization, ineffectiveness and obfuscation at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). None of this is particularly surprising, since that agency’s misfortunes—largely due to its successive political masters—have been well-known for …