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Development and the Private Sector: Canada’s Approach

This report provides an overview of the evolution of Canada’s approach to private sector development and private sector partnerships since 1995. It also analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of Canada’s approach to the private sector and development and provides a series of recommendations for improving its efforts. For a shorter read, try the report’s accompanying…

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Beyond Aid: Canada’s Development Framework

Based on a longer NSI report by Anni-Claudine Bülles and Shannon Kindornay – Beyond Aid: A Plan for Canada’s International Cooperation – this policy brief examines Canada’s approach to policy coherence for development. It makes the case that the current framework guiding foreign aid efforts – namely improving aid effectiveness and accountability – is insufficient…

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The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Reflections from the High-level Panel Secretariat

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been a central reference point for aid and international cooperation since their inception in 2000. As their 2015 end date approaches, the world is asking, what comes next? To help answer this question, in 2012 the Secretary-General of the United Nations appointed a High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on…

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Multilateral Development Cooperation in a Changing Global Order

Given the current environment, there is a compelling need to undergo a broad-ranging analysis on the future of multilateral development cooperation. The time has come to critically examine the effectiveness of international development assistance channelled through multilateral organizations, emphasizing what works and what needs to change in the context of an evolving global order. This…

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South-South Policy Spaces and Tools

This policy brief identifies distinct Sino-African interactions relating to direct and indirect policy spaces and tools that could be harnessed to reinvigorate African industrial development. This South-South brief is the third in a series of three that examine the burgeoning economic relationships between BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) and African countries and their developmental…

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Is China Blocking Africa’s Economic Development?

This policy brief discusses the impact of Sino-African interactions on the degree of policy autonomy of African countries by examining two policy areas: labour standards and industrial development. This South-South brief is the second in a series of three that examine the burgeoning economic relationships between BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) and African countries…

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South-South Trade, Investment, and Aid Flows

This policy brief provides an overview of South-South trade, investment, and aid flows between BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) countries and countries of the African continent. This South-South brief is the first in a series of three that examine the burgeoning economic relationships between BRIC and African countries and their developmental implications. Author: Daniel…

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Beyond Aid: Trade, Investment, and Remittances between Canada and Developing Countries

This report provides a sense of Canada’s development footprint beyond aid. It does this by drawing on data from The North South-Institute’s  Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP) which comprises the most recent data on aid, trade, investment, and migrant remittance flows between Canada and developing countries. The report contributes to ongoing debates on the role…

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Aid and the Private Sector: A Comparison of Traditional and Latin American Donor Approaches

This policy brief examines the role of the private sector in grant-based elements of South-South Development Cooperation (SSDC) in Latin America. It compares SSDC providers with traditional providers of official development assistance. It finds that providers of SSDC in Latin America have yet to embrace the private sector as a key partner in development. Author:…

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Addressing the Economic Costs of Sustainable Energy in the Global South

This background paper, written by Hany Besada (NSI), Yvette Stevens (UN) and Michael Olender, discusses the economic costs of sustainable energy. It was submitted to the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and served as one of the many background papers that helped inform the High Level Panel’s final report.

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