Why Do Donors’ Approaches to Aid Effectiveness Differ?

Why Do Donors’ Approaches to Aid Effectiveness Differ?

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May 25, 2022

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.

More information about Dr. Dietrich’s book: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/states-markets-and-foreign-aid/06BAE4A7EA891A307F7602C428E4C510#:~:text=The%20book%20demonstrates%20how%20internal,of%20foreign%20policy%2C%20more%20broadly.


Simone Dietrich (PhD) is Associate Professor at the Université de Genève. In addition to her book States, Markets, and Foreign Aid (Cambridge U Press, 2022) and other scholarly accomplishments, Dr. Dietrich has worked for international agencies and NGOs in the Balkans, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.

Drew Smith (PhD) is Director General of International Assistance Policy at Global Affairs Canada. Previously, Drew co-led the design and launch of Canada’s $1.6B International Assistance Innovation Program and led the Pan-Asia regional development assistance program. He has worked as Canada’s Head of Co-operation in Vietnam, and has managed development assistance programs throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Syed Sajjadur Rahman (PhD) is a Professional in Residence at the School of International Development and Global Studies (SIDGS) at the University of Ottawa. During his 21 year career at the Canadian International Development Agency, he was Head of Asia Branch and Associate Vice-President of Policy. He has also written widely about international development.


Stephen Baranyi (PhD) is Professor at the School of International Development and Global Studies (SIDGS) and Coordinator of the Fragile States Research Network at CIPS.