Canada’s International Altruism: Reconciling our Self-image with Reality

Madeline Rowland The image of Canada as a global peacekeeper and champion of development is a salient part of our collective national consciousness. The formation of the (now-defunct) Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in 1968 secured the position of aid and development on the political agenda, at least for CIDA’s 45-year lifespan. Prime Ministers of […]

Why Canada Needs an Official Development Policy Framework

James Nelson  For the last 24 years, the Government of Canada has made the first week of February International Development Week.  This year’s theme, “We are Making a Difference,” encourages individual Canadians to share their personal experiences of how they feel they are contributing to change by working on development projects. The week fails to […]

Seen and Heard: Leadership in Public Policy with Paul Cadario

Vass Bednar On Friday, November 23, Paul Cadario, Senior Manager at the World Bank, joined SPPG for the Leadership in Public Policy Series to reflect on his thirty-seven years with the Bank. The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. He was joined for an […]

Seen and Heard: Against All Odds, Gender and Education in the Developing World

James Nelson As a group of private, international, and non-denominational agencies, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is one of the world’s largest private development agencies.  The AKDN works without regard to faith, origin, or gender to improve living conditions and opportunities for people living in some of the poorest parts of the developing world […]