The North-South Institute



Making Development More Effective: The Future of Aid in an Age of Austerity

Mar 28 2014

March 28 - Lord Elgin

On March 28th, 2014, Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and the North-South Institute (NSI) gathered a panel of experts to shine a light on Canadian development spending. Insights, data and recommendations were shared and the floor was opened up for a Q&A session with the public.

Our panelists took stock of what international development means to Canada and what we are (or aren’t) spending on it.


Megan Campbell, Portfolio Manager, Engineers Without Borders Canada

With over a decade of experience influencing policy and practice in Africa, Asia and Canada, Megan is passionate about changing the way innovation is incentivized and supported in international development. She is also an Action Canada fellow. To read more about Megan, click here.

Scott Gilmore, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Building Markets

Prior to his current role, Scott was a Canadian diplomat, his last position being the Deputy Director for South Asia, working on Canada’s integrated defence, development and diplomatic assistance to Afghanistan. To read more about Scott, click here.

Neil Desai, Fellow, Munk School for Global Affairs

Neil is the former Chief of Staff to the Minister of International Cooperation, and previous to that, the Manager, Strategic Initiatives to the Rt. Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada 2007-2010.  To read more about Neil, click here.

Aniket Bhushan, Researcher, The North-South Institute

Aniket leads NSI’s work on the Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP), a data and analytical platform on Canada’s engagement with the developing world. His current research focuses on the impact of big data and open data on international development, while his past work has focused on domestic resource mobilization and taxation in sub-Saharan Africa. To read more about Aniket, click here.

James Haga, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Engineers Without Borders Canada

James is an Action Canada fellow, and has been published on global development issues in leading publications, including the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen, and CBC News. To read more about James, click here.


Canada is Backsliding on Global Generosity, by James Haga and Aniket Bhushan in The Toronto Star.

Project Approval Paralysis and Canada’s Declining Aid Spending by Liam Swiss in The Ottawa Citizen.