Stephen Brown

Professeur titulaire, École d'études politiques

Stephen Brown

Mr. Harper’s Maternal and Child Health Summit: What’s Still Missing?

By Rieky Stuart and Stephen Brown Published on the McLeod Group Blog, June 10, 2014 The Canadian government’s recent Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Summit in Toronto has not lacked for cheerleaders, especially NGOs receiving funding under the MNCH initiative. Prior to the summit, only a few critical voices were cited in the media (mainly from t… Read More

CIDA’s Underspending: The Minister’s Explanations Don’t Add Up

While global foreign aid reached an all-time high in 2013, the Canadian government’s contributions fell by over 11%. Among the 28 industrialized countries belonging to the Development Assistance Committee, only debt-ridden Portugal cut aid more drastically than Canada. Not even Greece, in the throes of austerity, cut aid as deeply as Canada—despite t… Read More

When Policy Coherence is a Bad Thing

In July 2013, when the government abolished the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and transferred its functions to the newly renamed Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), it did so mainly in the name of policy coherence. The government wanted to improve coordination among the various components of foreign polic… Read More

Killing CIDA: The Wrong Solution to Real Problems

Many supporters of DFAIT’s recently announced takeover of CIDA are invoking spurious arguments. More fundamentally, most commentators are missing the crucial point that this new arrangement will do little or nothing to fix the actual problems with Canadian foreign aid. In fact, it is likely to make them worse. Many proponents of the merger actually do no… Read More

Foreign Aid: More of the Same?

Publié dans Embassy Magazine, 19 septembre 2012 Canada’s contributions to reducing global poverty are rarely a priority topic for debate in the House of Commons. Foreign aid is an important tool for supporting international development, but it will likely attract less attention now that controversial international co-operation minister Bev O… Read More

Bev Oda’s Real Legacy at CIDA

Media commentary has been remarkably lenient regarding Bev Oda’s record at the end of her five-year stint as Canada’s Minister of International Cooperation. Coverage has by and large ignored how, under her watch, the government systematically undermined both the fundamental purpose of Canadian foreign aid, which is to fight poverty in developing coun… Read More

Transitional Justice As Subterfuge

Transitional justice is trendy. After a civil war or political transition, the new government will often announce one or more of a variety of mechanisms for dealing with the past, such as a special tribunal or a truth commission. What outside actors often forget – even though domestic actors may try to remind them – is that such mechanisms can be more about eva… Read More

Putting the Corporate Back Into CSR: A Rejoinder to Natalie Brender

In a blog post yesterday, my colleague Natalie Brender rejected a recent Ottawa Citizen column’s condemnations of the use of CIDA funds to subsidize Canadian mining companies’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects in mining-affected communities in developing countries. The crux of Natalie’s objections is as follows: “[A]s for the no… Read More