Ten credit union professionals from across Canada left for Mongolia on August 5 as participants in the Canadian Co-operative Association's 2011 credit union coaching mission to that country.
A recently released August 24, 2010 CIDA memo reveals that Canada was asked by the US and even Israel to restore its funding to the UNRWA General Fund. The revelation that Israel was among those requesting that Canada reverse its 2009 decision to cut funding to UNRWA's core programmes has surprised some observers. In recent years several Canadian pro-Israel lobby groups have smeared UNRWA, claiming that it had been infiltrated by Hamas and was unworthy of Canadian support.
The plan by the Canadian International Development Agency to collect and publish all its aid-related documents in a searchable tool is a step in the right direction for a donor long urged to become more transparent in its foreign aid-related transactions, according to an editorial by the Vancouver Sun.
Wechiau, (U/W), June 19, GNA – The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the World Bank have voted million to assist Ghana to combat desertification and drought.
Canada should be more transparent about its foreign aid budget and spend those dollars more effectively, according to an aid group on Parliament Hill Monday.
The federal government unveiled 11 new international development projects to tackle illiteracy and education issues.
Over the past five years, exercise of the fundamental freedom of speech in Canada has been curbed and discouraged by a federal government increasingly intolerant of even the mildest criticism or dissent. Particularly affected have been organizations dependent on government funding which advocate for human rights and women’s equality. Their voices have been stifled, some completely silenced, by cuts to their budgets. Also financially throttled have been individuals and groups that speak out for reproductive rights, humanitarian immigration policies, and for changes in Canada’s foreign policy in the Middle East.
Bev Oda, the International Cooperation Minister, committed a serious transgression when she willfully misled a House committee in December and, prior to that, appeared to oversee the falsifying of a document from a government agency. She should apologize unequivocally to the Foreign Affairs committee and explain the decision-making process involved.
International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda explains her decision not to fund Kairos, a church-backed aid organization, during Question Period in the House of Commons on Feb. 14, 2011. - International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda explains her decision not to fund Kairos, a church-backed aid organization, during Question Period in the House of Commons on Feb. 14, 2011.