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Foreign Aid Portal

Welcome to the foreign aid portal page. Dive into the data and analysis by using the quick facts or scroll down to see all data, opinion pieces and publications.

Analyzing Canada’s Foreign Assistance

2016 International Assistance Spending
Amount per Canadian (2016)
Percentage of 2016 federal budget spending
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Canada’s Commitment to Global Health

Muskoka and Maternal, Natal and Child Health initiatives
Total Muskoka MNCH commitment 2010-2015
Renewed Muskoka MNCH commitment 2015-2020
Muskoka MNCH expenditure 2010-11 to 2014-15
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Foreign Aid Project Level Analysis

New projects started to date in 2015. Total value: $35 million (approx.)
Health is the largest sector in Canadian aid. Total health spending at the project level in 2012-13
Projects (by value) implemented by Canadian non-profit civil society organizations in 2012-13
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Aniket Bhushan
Anna Vanderkooy
Bridget Steele
Corinne L. Mason
Diana Zeidan
Fanny Siauw-Soegiarto
Foreign Aid
Gavin Charles
Jyotsna Venkatesh
Lucas Garzon
Matthew Gouett
Norhan Awadallah
Purbita Sengupta
Queena Li
Rachael Calleja
Robert Sauder
Shannon Kindornay
Spencer Henson
Sustainable Development
Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy

Submission to Department of Finance Pre-Budget Consultation on Budget 2021

CIDP presents its submission to the Department of Finance Pre-Budget Consultation on Budget 2021. We make three recommendations: more thoughtful messaging and meaningful transparency; commit to sustainable increases in development spending that are[...]

Submission to Department of Finance Consultation on Official Development Assistance, 2020

This submission to Canada's Department of Finance Consultation on Official Development Assistance addresses both: Canada’s presence in multilateral institutions, and improvements in transparency and reporting[...]

Improving climate-specific development finance data: A complementary method to DAC climate markers

The aim of this analysis is to suggest and test an improved method for the valuation of DAC climate-related development financing (CRDF). We compare this new method against the OECD DAC’s climate-related development[...]

Quantifying COVID-19’s slowdown in development spending: New project starts and contracts

COVID-19 has had widespread impacts in terms of slowdowns across a range of sectors. This analysis aims to quantify the slowdown in international development project starts and GAC contracting[...]

Development spending and UNSC: How does Canada compare with Ireland and Norway?

This analysis compares development spending for three countries – Canada, Ireland, and Norway – that are competing for the two available rotational UN Security Council (UNSC) seats, the outcome of which will start[...]

ODA in response to crises: Portfolio risks and fragmentation

This analysis is the third in a series on risks to development outcomes stemming from donor response to the COVID-19 crisis. We argue that there is a high probability that the crisis will[...]

ODA is “recession proof”: a reality check

In this analysis we outline second and third-order risks to development stemming from donor's response to the crisis. We hypothesize that the risks to development spending are longer term and independent of the significant[...]

Economic development and poverty reduction amid COVID-19: Projections, scenarios, and associated uncertainties

This analysis, the first in a series, outlines projected effects of COVID-19 on global economic growth, trade, investment, and remittances, and global poverty reduction, before providing a specific outlook on Canadian economic growth[...]

Analysis of Canada’s 2018-19 Development Spending

Analysis of 2018-19 actual development spending, based on the Statistical Report released in March 2020[...]
Aniket Bhushan Data Data Opinion

IAE Transparency: A Guide for Civil Society and Advocacy

A guide for civil society and advocacy groups on upcoming new GAC reporting on the international assistance envelope (IAE)[...]

Where do the major political parties stand on development going into the election?

This analysis provides a quick overview of major party platforms and policy ideas related to development going into the 2019 Canadian federal election[...]

25% cut to foreign aid: Common sense check

This analysis checks some of the assumptions and claims made surrounding a proposed 25% cut to foreign aid[...]

Canada’s Commitment to Global Climate-related Development Finance

This analysis, which complements our analysis of climate-friendly export competitiveness, discusses and evaluates Canada's commitment to global climate-related development finance[...]

Climate-friendly Exports: Canadian Comparative Advantage

This analysis looks at whether Canada has a revealed comparative advantage (RCA) when it comes to climate-friendly exports[...]

Canada’s historic $1.4billion annual commitment to women and girls’ health

Analysis of Canada's $1.4bn annual commitment to women and girls' health made at the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada[...]

Canadian Gender Targeted Spending

In the 2017/2018 fiscal year, Canada's gender targeted spending totaled CAD $3.6 billion. This dashboard breaksdown Canada's historical spending in gender targeted projects[...]

Gender Targeted ODA – Comparative DAC Donor Analysis

Canada’s international assistance spending increased by 3.7% to CAD$5.6 billion in 2017, up from CAD$5.4 billion in 2016[...]

Increasing Development Spending at No Fiscal Cost

This analysis looks at prospects to increase Canada's development spending at little to no cost to the taxpayer, based on new ODA rules related to private sector instruments and Canada's new DFI[...]

Analysis of Canada’s 2017-18 Development Spending

Analysis of 2017-18 actual development spending, based on the Statistical Report released in March 2019[...]

Canada and the 2018 OECD-DAC Aid Statistics

Quick overview of recently updated comparative aid statistics from the OECD-DAC[...]

How Does Gender-based Violence Impact Women’s Economic Empowerment?

Violence against women and girls is a “global pandemic and a serious obstacle to sustainable development and economic prosperity for families, communities and states.” CIDP is proposing a data project to explore the[...]

Canada and the OECD-DAC Aid Statistics

Quick overview of recently updated comparative aid statistics from the OECD-DAC[...]

How Much Private Finance is Mobilized by Official Development Finance?

Analysis of OECD-DAC data on amounts mobilized from the private sector by official development finance[...]

Canada’s Turn to Feminist International Assistance: By the Numbers

Analyzing Canada's turn to 'feminist international assistance' by unpacking the proposed targets and numbers[...]

G7 and Development

Analysis of G7 agendas, priorities and where development fares, since the last time Canada hosted the G7 in 2010 (Muskoka)[...]

Canada and the OECD-DAC aid statistics – 2016

Quick overview of recently updated comparative aid statistics from the OECD-DAC[...]

Canada’s 2016 ODA/GNI ratio: 0.26

Analysis of 2016 ODA and ODA/GNI figures from the OECD-DAC April 2017 preliminary update[...]

Analysis of 2015-16 Development Spending: Three Findings

Analysis of 2015-16 actual development spending, based on the Statistical Report released in March 2017[...]
Aniket Bhushan Data Data Data Data Data Opinion

Canada’s 2017 Budget: Why nothing new isn’t all bad news

It could be worse. From the Arms Trade Treaty to commitments to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights programs, Aniket Bhushan assesses the budget’s international elements[...]

Political Numbers: Doveryai, no proveryai

Un-spinning announcements related to international spending[...]

GAC Departmental Plan 2017-18, Development Spending and March Madness

Analysis of development related plans from the GAC Departmental Plan for 2017-18[...]

Main Estimates 2017-18 and Development Spending

Analysis of development related planned spending from the Main Estimates 2017-18[...]

Global Fund Fifth Replenishment Conference

What is the Global Fund? How is Canada contributing to it?[...]

Data Report 2016

Key trends and patterns in Canadian international assistance, trade, migration, remittances, and investment[...]

Progress — and missteps — in foreign aid plans

Global Affairs Canada is asking Canadians to participate in an International Assistance Review, which will inform future foreign aid and development policy. This review comes more than 10 years since the last policy[...]

Canada’s Development Finance Initiative: Resources and Analyses

Resources and analyses related to Canada's development finance institution (DFI)[...]

Developing Countries Trade with Canada: Gains from Unilateral Tariff Reform

How much could developing countries gain from unilateral tariff reduction and reform by Canada?[...]

Canada and the OECD-DAC aid statistics – 2015

Quick overview of recently updated comparative aid statistics from the OECD-DAC[...]

Canada’s Foreign Aid

Canada’s international assistance spending increased by 4.9% to CAD$6.4 billion in 2019, up from CAD$6.1 billion in 2018[...]

Did Budget 2016 Deliver: A Follow-up Checklist

Pre Budget watch list focusing on development, trade, investment in global affairs[...]

Budget 2016: Canada is back on the global stage

Pre Budget watch list focusing on development, trade, investment in global affairs[...]

Budget 2016: High level areas

Pre Budget watch list focusing on development, trade, investment in global affairs[...]

Muskoka MNCH and Fragile States

As a group, fragile states have lagged behind other developing countries in the achievement of many MDG targets, including those pertaining to maternal and newborn child health (MNCH). Aniket Bhushan and Rachael Calleja[...]

Is it time to change how we measure development effort?

Is ODA/GNI a good measure of donor effort? What is it good for? And what other ways might we measure fiscal effort on development more directly?[...]

Refugee costs in donor countries reported as ODA

Analysis of in-donor refugee costs reported as foreign aid, and the impact of the ongoing refugee/migration crisis on aid budgets[...]
Data Data Data

Climate Change

Analysis series on Canada and climate change, and the Paris COP21 conference[...]
Aniket Bhushan Data Data

Natural Disasters and Canada’s Humanitarian Relief Allocations

Natural Disasters and Canada's Humanitarian Relief Allocations (1999-2014). Data related to quantitative analysis on factors underpinning Canadian contributions to natural disasters[...]

Natural Disasters and Canada’s Humanitarian Relief Allocations

How need-based is Canadian humanitarian assistance? Kateryna Sherysheva reports the results from a quantitative study looking at factors driving humanitarian assistance from Canada[...]
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