What is going on at CIDA?

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By Elizabeth Payne, Ottawa Citizen, 19 January 2012

Something is rotten at the Canadian International Development Agency. Many things, in fact, according to increasingly vocal critics who say Canada's international development organization is becoming more politicized, less effective, and less transparent under the Conservative government, despite persistent claims to the contrary. […]

Aid agencies are frustrated and demoralized by delays and lack of transparency in their dealings with CIDA. Some have cut programs and laid off staff as a result. […]

More problematic still, significant aid dollars are supporting the work of Canadian mining interests overseas, something University of Ottawa professor and CIDA critic Stephen Brown terms a blatant effort to "whitewash the negative effects of their resource extraction." […]

 

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