Book: Rethinking Canadian Aid

Edited by Stephen Brown, Molly den Heyer and David R. Black
The most comprehensive collection of essays on Canadian foreign aid ever published, and the only one to address the abolition of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and its absorption into the newly formed Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).

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 is the first book on Canadian foreign aid since CIDA was folded into DFATD. Designed to reach a variety of audiences, contributions by twenty-one scholars and experts in the field offer an incisive examination of Canada’s record and recent changes in Canadian foreign aid, such as its focus on maternal and child health and on the extractive sector. Many chapters also ask more fundamental questions concerning the intersection of the moral imperative that underpins aid and the trend towards greater self-interest. For instance, what are and what should be the underlying motives of Canadian aid? How compatible are altruism and self-interest in foreign aid? To what extent should aid be integrated with Canada\s other policies and practices?

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