This week has marked the official loss of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), as the government of Canada merged it into the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.
For international development majors like me, and workers in this field, this is monumental, and brings up a lot of questions. The government is currently saying that most efforts made by CIDA will continue under this new designation, but people in the field are wondering if this move will focus more on aid that helps to advance Canada's interests, as has been stated as a goal, by members of the government. This is worrisome, as it could mean more ineffective aid being dispersed, with new forms of tied aid emerging. Also, the consolidation of multiple aspects of international affairs could result in significantly less money being put towards international development.
Take a look at a recent Globe and Mail article on the subject here, and then let me know what you think!
Welcome! My name is Katiana and I am a development professional pursuing my dream to live out Isaiah 1:17 to the best of my abilities. I am passionate about teaching and working with vulnerable families and children to improve their lives sustainably.
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