Dr Caroline Hossein

Caroline Hossein is a Sessional Assistant Professor of Business and Society at York University. She holds a PhD in Political Science, an MPA from Cornell, and an LLB from the University of Kent at Canterbury. In addition to her research, Caroline has 14 years of work experience in economic development in at least 30 countries, which including managing a large village bank in Niger, West Africa.

Apr 222013

The Harper government commercializes international development.

by Dr Caroline Shenaz Hossein

In the 2013 Federal budget, Minister Jim Flaherty announced that activities currently carried out by CIDA (the Canadian International Development Agency) will now be under Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), a ministry focused on political relations and trade. The new department will be called Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFTD). 

Prime Minister Harper’s adding the “D” for “development” is gimmicky. It is unclear whether this new agency will support alternative models from the so-called "third sector," civil society, made up of an array of organizations such as non-profits, cooperatives, self-help groups, microfinance institutions, women’s associations, faith-based organizations and advocacy organizations looking at business and social issues in new ways.

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