19/10/2007 - This year’s peer review of Canada’s development co-operation programme noted positive achievements including a promising whole-of-government approach to working with fragile states such as Haiti and Afghanistan, effective support to humanitarian action, a reconfirmed commitment to Africa and continued aid increases to meet commitments made in Monterrey.
The OECD Development Assistance Committee’s review also argued for a clear, simple and consistent vision for development assistance, whether through legislation or other means, to give the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) a clear purpose and specific objectives that can be monitored by parliament. Other steps Canada could take to become a stronger player in the donor community include; drawing up a timetable to achieve the UN 0.7% ODA/GNI target; focusing aid on fewer partner countries and adopting a more strategic approach to allocating multilateral aid in order to have more impact. The DAC also recommended that Canada reinforce implementation of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and carry through recent steps taken to address some of CIDA’s fundamental structural issues.
The Development Assistance Committee, which groups major aid donors that are members of the OECD, issued its Main Findings and Recommendations on Canada as part of a series of examinations of members’ aid policies and programmes. The Peer Review, led by Belgium and Switzerland, took place on 10 October 2007. The Canadian Delegation attending the review meeting was headed by Mr. Robert Greenhill, President of CIDA. The DAC Chair will present the findings from the review on 22 October in Ottawa.
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