Posts tagged with ‘CIDA’

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Top four conferences in international development this week

by Michelle Dupuis

This week is an incredibly busy week for our readers interested in development cooperation and the contribution that the private sector can make to global challenges facing the poorest nations of the world.  Below is a list of events/conferences taking place that we recommend: 1. The African Development Bank annual meeting (May 27 – 31, […]

The changing landscape for Canadian international development professionals – CAIDP 2013 conference

by Michelle Dupuis

The Canadian Association of International Development Professional’s 4th annual conference was held in Ottawa last week and with the changes happening in Canada’s development agency, a more timely set of panels could not have been put together (to learn more about these changes, see Top 10 news items about CIDA-DFAIT merger).   The presentations included views […]

Top 10 news items about CIDA – DFAIT merger

by Michelle Dupuis

For our followers who are looking for a summary of reactions on the CIDA-DFAIT merger, here are a few of the most important articles that we have read on this topic.  The articles cover all ranges of opinions, positive, critical and ambivalent.  Despite this broad range of reaction, the one thing everyone can agree on […]

Monitoring private aid – what is the best way?

by Michelle Dupuis

In a recent interview on the effectiveness of aid, the economist Ha Joon Chang stated, “I’m not, in principle, against private involvement in the aid business – in fact, if aid money can be a seed or a catalyst to bring in more money, why not? The danger is that if you don’t monitor it properly, […]

Economic growth in development – how much can the private sector do?

by Michelle Dupuis

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development released a report entitled “Driving Inclusive Economic Growth: The role of the private sector in international development” this month.   The Minister of International Cooperation, Julian Fantino, recently gave a speech about this report at the Economic Club of Canada. The Committee should be […]

International development and CSR – complementary or interchangeable?

by Michelle Dupuis

With the rise of the role of private capital in development, debates arise about the possibility of CSR activities contributing effectively to development objectives.  Can multinationals and private capital really play a role in development without imposing their agendas on local communities?  Can companies investing locally contribute to the development goals of a nation, regional […]

CSR and International Development – a new paradigm?

by Tim Newson

The Cadbury chocolate brand name is well-known around the world. The company sells in excess of 300 million chocolate bars annually in the UK and Ireland alone. In 2009, as part of their ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR), Cadbury began a fairtrade initiative with 48,000 cocoa growers in Ghana. Through the farmer-owned cocoa growing co-operative Kuapa […]