Rethinking Canadian Aid : Second Edition

Rethinking Canadian Aid : Second Edition

By Stephen Brown
Book Description

In 2013, the government abolished the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), which had been Canada's flagship foreign aid agency for decades, and transferred its functions to the newly renamed Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). As the government is rethinking Canadian aid and its relationship with other foreign policy and commercial objectives, the time is ripe to rethink Canadian aid more broadly.Edited by Stephen Brown, Molly den Heyer and David R. Black, this revised edition not only analyzes Canada's past development assistance, it also highlights important new opportunities in the context of the recent change in government. Designed to reach a variety of audiences, contributions by twenty scholars and experts in the field offer an incisive examination of Canada's record and initiatives in Canadian foreign aid, including its relatively recent emphasis on maternal and child health and on the extractive sector, as well as the longer-term engagement with state fragility.The portrait that emerges is a sobering one. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in Canada's changing role in the world.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction: Why Rethink Canadian Aid?
  • Section I: Foundations of Ethics, Power and Bureaucracy
    • I Humane Internationalism and the Malaise of Canadian Aid Policy
    • II Refashioning Humane Internationalism in Twenty-First-Century Canada
    • III Revisiting the Ethical Foundations of Aid and Development Policy from a Cosmopolitan Perspective
    • IV Power and Policy: Lessons from Aid Effectiveness
    • V Results, Risk, Rhetoric and Reality: The Need for Common Sense in Canada’s Development Assistance
  • Section II: The Canadian Context And Motives
    • VI Mimicry and Motives: Canadian Aid Allocation in Longitudinal Perspective
    • VII Continental Shift? Rethinking Canadian Aid to the Americas
    • VIII Preventing, Substituting or Complementing the Use of Force? Development Assistance in Canadian Strategic Culture
    • IX The Management of Canadian Development Assistance: Ideology, Electoral Politics or Public Interest?
  • Section III: Canada’s Role in International Development on Key Themes
    • X Gender Equality and the “Two CIDAs”: Successes and Setbacks, 1976–2015
    • XI From “Children-in-Development” to Social Age Mainstreaming in Canada’s Development Policy and Programming?
    • XII Canada’s Fragile States Policy: What Have We Accomplished and Where Do We Go from Here?
    • XIII Canada and Development in Other Fragile States: Moving beyond the “Afghanistan Model”
    • XIV Charity Begins at Home: The Extractive Sector as an Illustration of the Harper Government’s De Facto Aid Policy
    • XV Undermining Foreign Aid: The Extractive Sector and the Recommercialization of Canadian Development Assistance
  • Conclusion: Rethinking Canadian Development Cooperation – Towards Renewed Partnerships?
  • Contributors
  • Index
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