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PEACEKEEPING: NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T

PEACEKEEPING: NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T

McLeod Group Blog by Carolyn McAskie, November 22, 2017

When the current government was voted in two years ago, it triumphantly announced that Canada was back on the international stage, signifying a clear break with the previous regime which had run its own version of “Canada first”, picking and choosing among international fora, denigrating the UN and cutting international development contributions. Nowhere was the difference between the two governments more marked than in their respective attitudes towards UN peacekeeping. It appeared ...

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A Letter to the DAC Peer Review Team

A Letter to the DAC Peer Review Team

McLeod Group Blog, November 15, 2017

Next week, a team from the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC), including representatives from Norway and Germany, will be in Ottawa as part of the preparations for the peer review of Canada’s international cooperation efforts to take place next June. Here is the McLeod Group’s letter of welcome to the visitors.

Dear Peer Reviewers,

Welcome to Ottawa! It has been five years since the last DAC review of Canada’s international cooperation activities and your visit comes ...

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Is Export Development Canada ready to run Canada’s new DFI?

Is Export Development Canada ready to run Canada’s new DFI?

McLeod Group guest blog by Karyn Keenan, November 9, 2017

Earlier this year, Export Development Canada (EDC), a Crown corporation mandated to promote Canadian exports and investment abroad, was tasked with running Canada’s new Development Finance Institute.

While EDC has for decades facilitated business in developing economies, its mandate is an exclusively commercial one. Its new objectives of poverty alleviation and sustainable development will require it to finance private investment that respects human rights and is protective of the environment. The ...

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The Latest on Canada’s Development Finance Institution

The Latest on Canada’s Development Finance Institution

McLeod Group Blog, November 2, 2017

Back in April 2015, the Harper government announced the creation of a Development Finance Institute (DFI) with $300 million of funding to be disbursed over five years. Canada’s DFI was to join a worldwide array of similar investment organizations that provide loans for private sector investments in developing countries. As our May blog indicated, this new initiative quickly disappeared into a political black hole from which it suddenly re-emerged as a new Liberal initiative ...

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Changing Social Norms in Favour of Gender Equality

Changing Social Norms in Favour of Gender Equality

McLeod Blog by Rieky Stuart, October 12, 2017 

During a panel discussion at the recent CCIC annual conference, Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Development, mentioned the case of a Pakistani woman forced out of her home by her husband, separated from her children and left penniless (see our previous blog). She stated that “the system is broken” and used this example to highlight the problem of cultural norms and how they needed to change for ...

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“The System is Broken”: Canada’s Latest Rationale for Stinginess

“The System is Broken”: Canada’s Latest Rationale for Stinginess

Blog by Stephen Brown, October 4, 2017

“I would love to increase the aid budget,” admitted Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Liberal Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s Minister of International Development, speaking at a recent conference organized by the Canadian Council for International Co-operation. But, she argued, “The system is broken.”

As an illustration, she told the story of a Pakistani woman whose husband had kicked her out of their home, changed the locks and left her destitute. Caesar-Chavannes rhetorically asked, “No ...

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WHY GLOBAL AFFAIRS CANADA NEEDS A GENDER AUDIT

WHY GLOBAL AFFAIRS CANADA NEEDS A GENDER AUDIT

McLeod Group Blog, September 25, 2017

Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy, launched by Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau in June, has been welcomed by many Canadian organizations and individuals as an exciting step towards a renewed approach to foreign aid. But niggling doubts haunt its implementation: Is Global Affairs Canada “fit for purpose”?

When Juan Somavía was appointed head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 1999, he wanted to deepen the organization’s focus on decent work for both ...

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MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK AND OTHER CLICHÉS

MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK AND OTHER CLICHÉS

McLeod Group Guest Blog by Ian Smillie, August 1, 2017

A recent op-ed in the Globe and Mail talked about Canadian aid to Haiti. The print edition spoke of “more bang for the buck” and called it a new “Canadian-led approach.” The online edition said, “Canada must do more with less.” However, the subject of the op-ed is about neither of these things.

According to the author of the article, Bjorn Lomborg, Director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, his think-tank did ...

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Canadian Trade Policy

Canadian Trade Policy

McLeod Group Blog, June 26, 2017

Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland’s address on June 6 laid out what was meant to be a bold new vision for Canadian foreign policy in a hostile international environment. However, the speech repeated familiar arguments and promises regarding the Canadian government’s commitment to signing more free trade agreements (FTAs) and to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

In the face of Donald Trump’s protectionist rhetoric, Freeland’s speech attempted to position Canada as ...

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Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy: Can GAC Deliver?

Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy: Can GAC Deliver?

McLeod Group Blog, June 20, 2017

On June 8, Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau announced Canada’s “first feminist international assistance policy”. It was warmly welcomed by the audience at Global Affairs Canada, composed largely of Canadian civil society organizations that deliver assistance to developing countries. The new policy describes a major focus on gender equality and the rights of women and girls (with a target of 15% of the aid budget, up from 2% currently) and attention to women ...

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