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July 23 2012 at 18:38

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

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.
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June 13 2012 at 09:01

Canada's moment to lead innovation for more effective aid

At (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. 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. We're asking CIDA to step up and lead innovation for more effective aid by piloting Cash on Delivery (CoD).
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April 11 2012 at 12:20

The Delusion of Canadian Compassion – A challenging perspective

As EWB and other international development and aid organizations lament the $780 million cut to international development assistance in the 2012 budget, James Haga, EWB's Director of Advocacy, has had an op-ed published in Embassy Magazine, Canada's premier Foreign Policy newsweekly (or news publication).
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March 29 2012 at 16:56

Engineers Without Borders Canada and the ONE Campaign are disheartened by cuts to international assistance in the Canadian budget

Engineers Without Borders Canada and the ONE Campaign today offered the following statements on the 2012 Budget presented by the Minister of Finance of Canada.
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November 29 2011 at 10:08

Celebrating Smart, Canadian Aid

For more than a year, EWB, it's 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.
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November 11 2011 at 14:59

EWB Gets Transparent After a Year of Advocacy Success

Today, in advance of the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in South Korea, Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) became the third NGO in the world to publish its aid information using the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).
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October 18 2011 at 10:26

10,000 Canadians Ask For IATI

Some sent postcards, Some sent emails, but in total, over 10,000 Canadians asked their MPs and Minister Bev Oda to sign on to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) today, and to make Canada's aid more effective and more transparent.
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October 13 2011 at 16:19

OCTOBER 17 — Tell Your MP You Want IATI Now

As you may not may not know, Monday is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. We're the first to admit that these "days" come and go, and little typically happens, but EWB is working to ensure this day is different.
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July 8 2011 at 17:07

Thousands Tell The World to Adopt IATI Now

In a 36 hour time period, beginning on Tuesday July 5th, 2,812 people signed EWB's online petition asking governments to make foreign aid more transparent and effective. Those signatures were combined with 2,200 others from around the world, and presented to the co-chairs of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Working Party on Aid Effectiveness during a major donor conference in Paris, France.
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June 13 2011 at 12:27

EWB Heads to Parliament Hill

On June 14th, more than twenty members of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) will head to Parliament Hill to meet with over 50 Members of Parliament. They will be discussing the state of Canadian aid and providing concrete recommendations for improvement.
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April 3 2011 at 14:54

Foreign Assistance Reform Network urges practical steps to modernize Canada's role in the world

At a time when our country is grappling with a significant deficit and Canadians are being asked to tighten their belts, the Foreign Assistance Reform Network (FARN), led by Engineers Without Borders, is asking all political parties to join us in endorsing a plan to modernize Canada’s approach to foreign assistance – maximizing the impact of every dollar spent and ensuring Canada’s efforts to reduce global poverty are as effective as possible. This plan is about how Canadian taxpayer money can be spent for greater impact, rather than how much money is spent.
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June 10 2010 at 16:54

Our co-CEO in the Toronto Star!

Our co-CEO George Roter is featured in the Toronto Star this week speaking about EWB's work making Canada's aid more effective.
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June 4 2010 at 11:19

EWB's ACT campaign takes action to improve Canadian foreign aid

Yesterday, EWBers brought all political parties together in Ottawa to support a comprehensive agenda that will increase accountability, creativity and transparency in Canada’s foreign aid spending.
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