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Cooperating With The Inevitable

Posted on September 27, 2010

The above title was one of those simple yet profound truths written by Dale Carnegie, which he often used to urge people towards a progressive outlook when things can’t be changed.  It’s likely that his counsel is perhaps the best solution for dealing with the disappointments of the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals, and for Canada’s diminishing quality of official development assistance in recent years. It is now clear that, with five years left in the timeline for the MDGs, that they will not be met.  The crucial ones – halving extreme poverty and hunger from 1990 levels, environmental action, slashing maternal mortality by three-quarters, and reducing the child mortality rate by two-thirds – formed a great challenge, one that in the…

Coalition Language

Posted on May 24, 2010

No, this isn’t what you think it is.  Talk of a coalition between Liberals and NDP has been brewing in Ottawa for the last couple of weeks.  I read and watched it in the media, but no one has even mentioned it to me personally. No, I want to talk about the coalition “over there” – the one in Britain that has become more successful than people at first believed.  The new coalition government has been releasing a number of key statements of its plans for moving ahead, including a rather interesting one on international development. It might surprise some to learn that all 3 parties held to strong promises on this file, including full agreement to reach the old Lester Pearson goal of…

Getting Past The Promises

Posted on April 28, 2010

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – Canada’s hosting of this year’s G8 and G20 summits has placed a significant amount of pressure on the Harper government to show clear leadership at a time when international development in poorer countries is more required than ever.  When the Prime Minister announced that child and maternal health would form the subject of that leadership, many were heartened that a subject long-neglected would finally get due attention. The meetings here in Halifax this week provided International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda with an opportunity to move other G8 partners towards a clear consensus on how to move ahead on the file in time for the official meetings in a few weeks in Ontario. For Oda though, there is one elephant in…

Blame It On Rio

Posted on April 20, 2010

What’s with Brazil? While the rest of the wealthy world struggles with how it can possibly meet their Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Brazil is placed well ahead of the game. Just to reiterate, the MDGs were established in 2000 and set targets for a number of different key areas where poverty could be reduced and health and security could be attained in the poorest regions.  Despite all the fanfare, many of the globe’s most developed nations, including Canada, have fallen short of their commitments.  Research from last year shows that this country is one of the least generous of donor nations, ranking 16 of 22 in aid disbursements as a percent of the economy.  The OECD warned that if the other participating nations kept…


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