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CIC Winnipeg: International Development Assistance in a COVID-19 World
June 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Canada has pledged $150 million to directly assist with the global fight to stop COVID-19 since the end of March. In February, the Government of Canada deployed 16 tonnes of medical protective equipment to China, receiving criticisms for this donation given shortages of PPE at home, even if Canada received a shipment of medical-grade equipment in exchange in March. As COVID-19 ravages economies and looks set to worsen global poverty achievements over the last decade, how can Canadian aid achieve the right balance between upholding its values and guaranteeing its strategic interests? How can political leaders better convince the Canadian public of the synergies between our values and interests in the context of an invisible global virus that knows no physical boundaries? And how might COVID-19 lead to radical changes in the quantity, quality and administration of Canadian development assistance?
Nilima Gulrajani is a Senior Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute in London. She is currently on secondment at the Canadian International Council and the G20 Research Group at the Munk School of Global Affairs. She has over fifteen years’ experience teaching, researching and resolving complex problems of organizational effectiveness in international development, particularly in the areas of aid governance and donor capacity building. She currently serves on the Programme Committee of the Foundation Chanel, as well as an Associate Editor of the journal Public Administration and Development. Nilima spent ve years on faculty at the London School of Economics and Political Science where she taught international public management. She obtained her Ph.D. from Trinity College, Cambridge where she was a Bill Gates Scholar.
Anna Vogt is the Director of the MCC Ottawa Office. She grew up in Dawson City, Yukon. She started working with MCC as part of the Seed program in the Montes de Maria, Colombia, learning firsthand about local-level advocacy as she accompanied displaced communities advocating for their rights as victims of Colombia’s armed conflict. She then worked in communications for advocacy with Mennonite organization, Justapaz in Bogota, supporting documentation work. Most recently, she worked for MCC regionally in Latin America engaging in advocacy and policy work around issues of migration and peacebuilding. She studied at Trinity Western University, where she focused on non-violent direct action in Latin America.
Stephen Brown is a Professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies. He studies a variety of issues relating to democracy and democratization, conflict and violence, and foreign aid and development in Africa (especially Kenya and Malawi), including Canadian foreign policy in these areas. He also has a strong interest in Canadian foreign aid more generally. I am also interested in the politics of sexuality/homosexuality and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Canada and abroad, including in developing countries.
Nicolas Moyer is the President and CEO of the Canadian School of International Cooperation. As the former Executive Director of the Humanitarian Coalition, Nicolas is passionate about humanitarian and development policy, advocacy, and government relations. Driven by a commitment to social justice, he began his career in international development in Ethiopia. He has founded and led organizations, launched dozens of national multi-platform fundraising and communications campaigns and raised tens of millions of dollars to assist survivors of humanitarian disasters. In 2016, he was named as a top Forty Under 40 recipient by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ottawa Business Journal.