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November 27, 2013

Canada’s foreign aid could be more effective, were strategies in place that addressed the problem of weak host-country governance, which currently renders aid inefficient or even counter-productive, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Diplomacy, Trade and Aid: Searching for “Synergies,” author John Richards proposes a mix of corporate social responsibility for Canadian firms engaged in trade with low-income countries, diplomatic involvement in aid projects, and aid projects designed to address problems of “weak” host-country governance. A professor at Simon Fraser University's School of Public Policy, Richards is  the C.D. Howe Institute's Roger Phillips Scholar of Social Policy.


John Richards

John Richards has written extensively on social policy in Canada and his current social policy focus is on Aboriginal policy. He is a Professor, Public Policy Program, at Simon Fraser University. He co-edits (with Henry Milner) Inroads, a Canadian policy journal. In addition, he has undertaken teaching and research in Bangladesh over the last decade.