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November-December 2011

How Engineers Without Borders learned to embrace failure (and learn from it, too)

Denise DebyWebsite@DeniseDeby

Engineers Without Borders Canada has made a few mistakes—and it’s not afraid to admit them. After three years of publishing its own annual “Failure Report” the organization launched AdmittingFailure.com, a website where it and other aid organizations can post flawed ventures. Already featured: EWB’s project to strengthen local farmers’ organizations in Burkina Faso that neglected […] More »
May-June 2011

This45: Sonia Verma on Haiti humanitarian Dominique Anglade

Sonia VermaWebsite

When the earthquake struck in Haiti, it changed Dominique Anglade’s life in Montreal forever. Her parents, Georges and Mireille Anglade, were the first Canadians confirmed killed in the aftermath of Jan. 12, 2010. They were crushed to death in their family compound in the Mont-Joli neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince. Anglade, a 39-year-old management consultant and mother […] More »

Postcard from Cambodia: How a new law threatens Canada’s aid to millions

Siena AnstisWebsite

A new law will impair Canadian development investments in Cambodia and tighten its government’s grip on civil society. More than two months have passed since the Cambodian government released the second draft of the controversial Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (known colloquially as the NGO law),and the country’s civil society organizations are still holding […] More »

Interview: Glen Pearson, Liberal party critic for International Cooperation

Graham F. Scott

With today’s edition of Verbatim, we’ve got This Magazine associate editor Nick Taylor-Vaisey in conversation with Liberal Party critic for International Cooperation Glen Pearson. You can hear the original podcast of this conversation, as always, on the podcast blog. Nick and Glen discuss Canada’s humanitarian commitments past, present, and future, ranging from Darfur to Afghanistan […] More »
March-April 2010

When Canada flouts its own aid promises, we fail Haitians—again

Graham F. Scott

This editorial appears in the March-April 2010 issue of This, which will be in subscribers‘ mailboxes and on newsstands next week. The earthquake that devastated Haiti on the afternoon of January 12, 2010, viscerally illustrated the need for responsible, long-term, sustainable development. For many thousands of Haitians, poverty must be considered the true cause of […] More »

Listen to This #006: Glen Pearson, Liberal party critic for International Cooperation

Graham F. Scott

In this edition of Listen to This, Nick Taylor-Vaisey talks with Glen Pearson, Liberal party critic on International Cooperation and MP for London North Centre. In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, and with the deadline for withdrawing Canadian troops from Afghanistan approaching, Pearson discusses the successes and failures of Canada’s international assistance efforts in […] More »