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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Rethinking Canadian Aid
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




Hill Times 100 Best Political Books of 2015 (#67), CA, 2015


Rethinking Canadian Aid s’impose non seulement comme une lecture obligatoire pour ceux et celles qui s’intéressent à la transformation du rôle du Canada en matière de développement international, mais également aux débats portant sur les changements propres à l’ère Harper. Considérant aussi le fait que ce livre soit en libre accès sur Internet (, nous ne pouvons que saluer cette brillante initiative qui en fait un ouvrage véritablement incontournable.

Marc-André Anzueto, Politique et Sociétés, vol. 35, n° 2-3, 2016, p. 267-269.

Strongly recommended. (...) well-designed and copyedited, (...) reasonably priced (open access) (...) Great value for money and excellent additions to one’s library.

Grant Dawson, Canadian Journal of Development Studies / Revue canadienne d'études du développement