By David R. Morrison

ISBN-10: 0889203040

ISBN-13: 9780889203044

Aid and Ebb Tide: A background of CIDA and Canadian improvement Assistance examines Canada’s combined checklist due to the fact 1950 in moving over $50 billion in capital and services to constructing nations via ODA. It focuses specifically at the Canadian foreign improvement supplier (CIDA), the association mainly chargeable for supplying Canada’s improvement advice. Aid and Ebb Tide demands a renewed and reformed Canadian dedication to improvement co-operation at a time whilst the space among the world’s richest and poorest has been widening alarmingly and thousands are nonetheless being born into poverty and human lack of confidence.

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Finance, always heavily involved on the multilateral side and in determining aid volume, developed a strong interest in bilateral programming when debt and structural adjustment became significant issues on the aid agenda in the 1980s. The departments of Agriculture and Fisheries and Oceans have been major players in food aid, often as champions of the domestic interests they represent. Other departments—for example National Health and Welfare, Transport, and Environment—have at various times tried to persuade CIDA to finance some of their initiatives.

473-79. 27 28 Aid and Ebb Tide tion levels, which were small, as by active participation in a growing number of organizations. Creation of the External Aid Office in 1960 coincided with the first United Nations Development Decade and a realization among Western donors that development assistance would involve longer-term efforts than originally foreseen. However, it was not until the mid-1960s that the Canadian government, prodded by the United States and the former colonial powers, made a commitment to contribute at least a "fair share" to the overall aid effort.

11 The initial contribution was $850,000 rather than the $1 million sought by External Affairs. 12 Institutional Experimentation and Inadequacy13 Although the Colombo Plan and foreign aid were seen as short-run and transitory, institutional mechanisms were needed to coordinate training, recruitment of experts, and other aspects of technical aid, as well as for administering prospectively much larger sums of money for capital projects. A kaleidoscope of acronyms ensued. In September 1950, a five-person Technical Cooperation Service (TCS) was set up within the Department of Trade and Commerce, with responsibility for technical assistance under the Colombo Plan and UNEPTA.

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