Re-focusing Canadian aid: Much ado about nothing

Debating whether Burma or Burkina Faso should be on the list detracts from the real issues: Aid fragmentation and effectiveness.

Trade Minister Ed Fast visits Koyenga and GSC International, companies financed through Canada's Développement international Desjardins, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on June 19. The Harper government just added Burkina Faso to its focus countries list.
Yiagadeesen Samy, Rachael Calleja
Published: Wednesday, 07/16/2014 12:00 am EDT

The recent Canadian government announcement to boost the number of countries of focus for its bilateral development assistance from 20 to 25 will not make a big difference to its aid program. While the proposed change is laudable and, if implemented, could improve the effectiveness of Canadian aid by reducing fragmentation, we doubt this latest announcement will have any tangible effect.

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