Canadian Senate challenges future of CIDA

The Financial Post reports that the Canadian Senate has challenged the future of the Canadian development agency

“Given the failure of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Africa over the past 38 years to make an effective foreign aid difference, the government of Canada should conduct an immediate review of whether or not this organization should continue to exist in its present non-statutory form,” says the Senate foreign affairs committee in a report that was two years in the making and heard from hundreds of witnesses. …

The report’s top recommendation is for the government to create an Africa Office that would include aid workers, diplomats and security staff with the goal of stimulating economic development. Unlike the current distribution of labour, 80 per cent of its staff should work in Africa.

The Senate recommends that if it continues to exist, CIDA needs clear objectives that can be monitored.

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