Rethinking Canadian Aid

Rethinking Canadian Aid

Second Edition

Edited by: Stephen Brown, Molly den Heyer, David R. Black

340 Pages · 9x6 · May 26 2016

Paper ISBN: 9780776623641

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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



Introduction: Why Rethink Canadian Aid? Stephen Brown, Molly den Heyer and David R. Black

Section I: Foundations of Ethics, Power and Bureaucracy

1. Humane Internationalism and the Malaise of Canadian Aid Policy, David R. Black
2. Refashioning Humane Internationalism in Twenty-First-Century Canada, Adam Chapnick
3. Revisiting the Ethical Foundations of Aid and Development Policy from a Cosmopolitan Perspective, John D. Cameron
4. Power and Policy: Lessons from Aid Effectiveness, Molly den Heyer
5. Results, Risk, Rhetoric and Reality: The Need for Common Sense in Canada's Development Assistance, Ian Smillie

Section II: The Canadian Context and Motivations

6. Mimicry and Motives: Canadian Aid Allocation in Longitudinal Perspective, Liam Swiss
7. Continental Shift? Rethinking Canadian Aid to the Americas, Laura Macdonald and Arne Ruckert
8. Preventing, Substituting or Complementing the Use of Force? Development Assistance in Canadian Strategic Culture, Justin Massie and Stéphane Roussel
9. Why Aid? Canadian Perception of the Usefulness of Canadian Aid in an Era of Economic Uncertainty, Dominic H. Silvio
10. The Management of Canadian Development Assistance: Ideology, Electoral Politics or Public Interest?
François Audet and Olga Navarro-Flores

Section III: Canada’s Role in International Development on Key Themes

11. Gender Equality and the “Two CIDAs”: Successes and Setbacks, 1976–2013, Rebecca Tiessen
12. From “Children-in-Development” to Social Age Mainstreaming in Canada’s Development Policy and Programming: Practice, Prospects and Proposals, Christina Clark-Kazak
13. Canada's Fragile States Policy: What Have We Accomplished and Where Do We Go from Here?
David Carment and Yiagadeesen Samy
14. Canada and Development in “Other” Fragile States, Stephen Baranyi and Themrise Khan
15. Charity Begins at Home: The Extractive Sector as an Illustration of Changes and Continuities in the New De Facto Canadian Aid Policy, Gabriel C. Goyette
16. Undermining Foreign Aid: The Extractive Sector and the Recommercialization of Canadian Development Assistance, Stephen Brown

Conclusion: Rethinking Canadian Development Cooperation — Towards Renewed Partnerships?
            David R. Black, Stephen Brown, and Molly den Heyer