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Jun 13 2012 @ 09:01

Canada's moment to lead innovation for more effective aid

At Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB), we have always believed that how aid dollars are spent is just as important as how much money is given.

This is why we’re eager to see the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) follow through on its commitment to improve the effectiveness of Canada’s aid investments.

For Canada to do this, particularly in this time of fiscal constraint, we need to change how we give aid.

It’s time for CIDA to start experimenting: not by increasing how much aid we give, but by exploring ways to make how we give smarter.

June 19, 2012 is the EWB Day of Action
EWBers from across Canada came together on Parliament Hill and met with 50 MPs to discuss how piloting Cash on Delivery can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Canada’s foreign aid.

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Samantha Burton

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Ashley Good

NEW!June 20 Press Release: Engineers Without Borders Canada meets with 50 MPs to ask Canada to pilot new foreign aid model: Cash on Delivery [pdf]

We're asking CIDA to step up and lead innovation for more effective aid by piloting Cash on Delivery (CoD).

What is Cash on Delivery aid?

Cash on Delivery aid is a straightforward, results-based funding approach. This means CIDA's aid funding is only delivered once the partner country demonstrates progress toward mutually agreed-upon development goals.

Why CoD?

Cash on Delivery has the potential to make Canada’s aid more effective by:

  • Maximizing the value of our aid dollars
  • Providing more and better evidence of how our aid is making a difference
  • Strengthening local leadership, thereby enhancing global security
  • Improving efficiency and increasing accountability

The Globe & Mail endorses a novel approach to foreign aid delivery
Globe Editorial: Ottawa should consider new foreign aid model: cash-on-delivery

Why should CIDA pilot CoD?

We welcome and support CIDA's efforts to make Canada’s aid more effective, including:

  • Committing to untie all Canadian aid by 2013
  • Signing on to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)
  • Ranking 1st among all G8 countries for fulfilling commitments made at international summits
  • Improving efficiency and increasing accountability

The next step is for Canada to build on these successes by exploring innovative approaches to aid, like CoD.

A win-win opportunity for Canada

Piloting Cash on Delivery is a risk, but it’s a smart risk.
If it works, CoD has the potential to greatly improve the impact of Canada’s—and the world’s—aid. If it doesn’t, learning from failure will accelerate the onset of future innovation in the aid sector.

Either way, Canada wins by continuing to pursue CIDA’s Aid Effectiveness Agenda, extending its global influence, and making itself a leader in innovation to improve aid effectiveness.

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