The Canadian government’s new aid approach is a laudable initiative, but it leaves a lot to be desired, according to the president of a network of more than 90 Canadian nonprofits.
“This program provides a welcome opportunity to bring a coherent approach to increasing the meaningful participation of Canadians in global development but program focus, details and funding were not provided,” said Gerry Barr, president and CEO of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation.
The new aid approach, dubbed “Partnerships with Canadians,” was announced July 22 by Minister for International Cooperation Bev Oda. As Devex reported, the approach will see the Canadian International Development Agency allocating half of the government’s aid budget to 20 focus countries.
In a statement released July 29, Barr said Canadian NGOs were not consulted in the development of the plan.
“CIDA’s NGO partners deliver its programs and have long standing relationships with people and organizations in the South. Unfortunately for this review, the government did not consult its NGO partners,” he said.
Barr also criticized the Canadian government for constantly shifting CIDA’s priority sectors in the last 10 years. The constant change undermines the agency’s responsiveness, he said.
The Canadian government has announced that it will cut its funding for CCIC.