Why Do Donors’ Approaches to Aid Effectiveness Differ?

A CIPS event in partnership with Global Affairs Canada
Wednesday, 25 May 2022 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
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Anna Bogic
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CIPS, FSRN and Global Affairs Canada

Organised by the Fragile States Research Network and the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS), in partnership with Global Affairs Canada

As signatories of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, Northern donors should reinforce national ownership of development processes by their Southern development partners, align their aid on those countries’ plans, be mutually accountable for results, etc. Yet donors vary considerably in their application of those principles. Why? How does Canada’s approach fit in the range of practices by Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) members? In a new book, Simone Dietrich explores the institutional, normative, and political economic factors shaping Northern donors’ approaches to aid effectiveness. Join the author in a discussion with current and former senior Canadian development officials, to explore how those issues play out in Canada and in other OECD countries.

This event will be mainly in English; participants will be welcome to pose questions in French.


Simone Dietrich (PhD) is Associate Professor at the Université de Genève.

Drew Smith (PhD) is Director General of International Assistance Policy at Global Affairs Canada.

Syed Sajjadur Rahman (PhD) is a Professional in Residence at the School of International Development and Global Studies (SIDGS) at the University of Ottawa.

Stephen Baranyi (PhD) is Professor at the School of International Development and Global Studies (SIDGS)