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Nov 29 2011 @ 10:08

Celebrating Smart, Canadian Aid

For more than a year, EWB, its members and supporters have been engaging with the federal government, making the case for Canada to sign on to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). On Monday night, those efforts paid off at the High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, where Minister Oda announced that Canada will join 22 other leading donors and sign on to IATI.

We're happy to commend our government for this bold step towards smarter Canadian aid, but we're even happier to thank you, and more than 25,000 other Canadians who shared their voice, and made this incredible success possible. THANK YOU! Be sure to check out the press release below...

EWB Commends Federal Government as Canada Commits to International Aid Transparency Initiative

TORONTO – Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) today welcomed the Canadian government’s decision to become a signatory of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), committing to more effective Canadian aid.

Photo: Materials from EWB's campaign reached over 10,000 Canadians in the past year. Read more about EWB's efforts to get Canada to sign onto IATI here.

The announcement was made late Monday evening from Busan, South Korea, where International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda is leading Canada's delegation at the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. It follows a year in which EWB and over 25,000 Canadians encouraged the government to sign on to IATI, meeting over 100 MPs from coast to coast and making the case for IATI before the Parliamentary Finance Committee.

"This is a win for Canadians and a win for the people of developing nations," says James Haga, EWB's Director of Advocacy. "By signing on to this global standard, Canada will reduce bureaucratic overhead and ensure that every dollar we give goes further. This means we'll spend more of our money on the real work of aid: helping people work their way out of poverty. We commend Minister Oda and CIDA for taking this bold step towards more transparent, effective Canadian aid, ensuring Canada is a global leader in intelligent aid and development."

In a formal statement, the Honourable Bev Oda, Canada's Minister of International Cooperation said that "accountability and transparency are the hallmarks of Canada's international assistance and Aid Effectiveness Agenda. Increasing aid transparency is key to fostering the accountability needed for ensuring development effectiveness and results."

Cost-benefit analysis suggests that by signing on to IATI, Canada and the other 22 countries who have signed on will collectively improve the effectiveness of their aid by $1.6 billion dollars, while creating opportunities for public scrutiny in Canada and abroad, reducing corruption and mismanagement, and helping focus our resources on the most effective initiatives.

For more information, see the release from CIDA.

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