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Jul 23 2012 @ 18:38

Press Release: New report suggests Fantino must focus on transparency and accountability to bring fiscal responsibility to CIDA

For Immediate Release:
July 24, 2012

Toronto, Ontario - Aid transparency and accountability must be a focus if the new Minister of International Cooperation Julian Fantino is to make good on his promise that "every nickel" the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) spends will be accounted for, says a report released today.

In November 2011, Canada took a step toward increasing the effectiveness of its foreign aid by signing on to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). A new report from Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB), called Beyond Busan: A Report on Canada’s Progress Toward More Transparent Foreign Aid, commends Canada for joining IATI, but cautions that it must do much more to be a global leader in aid effectiveness.

"The aid transparency movement is about democratizing aid and ensuring that developing countries have the information they need to make smart decisions for their countries' futures. This makes good sense both for Canada and for our partners in developing countries," says James Haga, Director of Advocacy at EWB. "By signing on to IATI, Canada made an important commitment to global aid transparency – but for things to truly change, Canada must now move beyond rhetoric and into action."

Beyond Busan lays out a series of recommendations for what CIDA should do to distinguish Canada as a country others must 'step up' to, including releasing its IATI implementation schedule by its current deadline of December 2012 and continuing to lead by example by publishing high-quality IATI data.

ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS CANADA is a movement of over 50,000 professional engineers, students, overseas volunteer staff, and supporters across Canada and Africa. We believe that poverty is the product of broken systems that prevent people from realizing their full potential. Beating poverty means making those systems work. EWB is working to do exactly that.

Samantha Burton


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